What is the new ‘Denmark’ pastels trend?

Who doesn’t love a little bit of Scandi style?

Seeing the beauty in simplicity, with its calming and inviting clean lines to champion craftsmanship is nothing new. But this season’s fresh take is to add a pop of colour and channel a little happiness in the home, with pastels to imbibe the Denmark pastels trend.

Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert, says using pastels at home provides both a relaxing effect and a rosy optimism that’s well-suited for fresh starts and recharging – what we all need a bit of right now.

Sam 3 Seater Lounger, Tranquil Dawn in Linen Look, £799, DFS
Splash out and opt for a pastel furniture set. (DFS/PA)

“Whether you choose to fill your home with sky blues, seafoam greens, or peachy pinks, these muted tones can help create tranquillity,” says Ms Johnson.

“The Scandinavian aesthetic of Denmark pastels, in particular, is turning heads in interior design right now. It soothes the senses and strikes a nice balance between minimalism and maximalism, depending on how you use it. Plus, it pairs perfectly with abstract shapes.”

By introducing Denmark pastels to pale woods and natural finishes, everything looks beautifully fresh and new – the secret is to just go with the flow. All so easy to slot into your scheme.

“There’s no wrong way to apply this calming colour scheme,” suggests Ms Johnson. “For example, you could construct a cool, calming corner with a mint-green wall hanging, or go all out and transform your whole home into a dreamy, rainbow sorbet-coloured escape.”

Soy Wax Tall Pillar Candle/Two Toned Décor Candle, £13 each, Etsy
Add some pastels with décor candles. (Etsy/PA)

A collection of candles, such as two-tone twists in a solid wash of pastel hues or a beautiful bubble shape, is a good way to experiment with colour – paired with a contemporary candlestick or placed on a stoneware plate – it’s a nod to Nordic, but with a modern take. And it’s fun.

Bubble Candle - Lilac - Soy Wax by Ajouter, £20, Iamfy
Bubble candle (Iamfy/PA)

If you have the budget, a prize piece of furniture in a sorbet shade is the perfect way to break with tradition and shake up those monochrome black and white lines, to reimagine your neutral palette.

Read: Seven interior design trends taking off

From cotton candy pinks to lemon yellow, mix and match these nostalgic hues to create a soothing feel. Play with texture to add further interest, opting for luxe velvets and ceramic pieces, for the finishing touch to your romantic interior.

Pearl Armchair, Velvet Dusty Pink, £249, Marks & Spencer

A velvet dusty pink accent chair makes a stylish addition. To kick it up a notch, style with a simple cocktail trolley, bottle of Aquavit and some crystal shot glasses, to bring a drop of Scandinavia spirit to the pastel party!

Crown Breatheasy Mellow Sage - Matt Emulsion Paint - 2.5L, £18, Homebase

Many paint brands have released a range of pastels that work brilliantly against pale wood tones, muted textiles or a carefully mixed edit of eclectic pieces.

Sage green is trending, and is one of the easiest shades to live with, no matter your style. It will add an airy feel and complement existing white walls.

Read: Tips for painting interior woodwork

Aurora Wine Glasses - Set of 4, by Fifty Five South, £37, Iamfy

Opt for pastel cutlery or coloured glassware to bring a pop of pastel to the table.

To set it all off, dried bouquets are enjoying a revival, and look beautiful displayed in ceramic torsos, geometric vessels or modish vase bookend sets. And even if you don’t normally think pink, pale pastel grasses work like a dream against terracotta or glazed green vases.

Pastel Phalaris Bunch Dried Grass, Pale Pink Canary Grasses for Floristry, £14.99, Etsy

Read: How to make your own dried flower arrangements

Last but not least, chances are, you’ll want to shine a light on your delightful dalliance with Denmark pastels – and what better way than with a pastel linen lampshade? Etsy has a great range, including Tropikala’s selection of linen shades, which are suitable for table lamps or ceiling lights.

Tropicala Pastel Linen Lampshades, Large & Small Lamp Shades in Stonewashed Linen Fabric, from £24, Etsy
Tropikala Pastel Linen Lampshades from Etsy. (Etsy/PA)

What do you think of the pastel trend? How would you incorporate it into your home? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Written by Sam Wylie-Harris

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