Best Pastel Paint Colors Ever (For Grown-Ups)


Favorite Pastel Paint Colors Ever (no longer for babies)

Emily Henderson Picking Pastel Paints Green Velvet Chair

Pastels are having a bit of a moment (or decade, rather). While we are all comfortable buying the occasional mint napkin or blush throw pillow, there is actually still a lot of anxiety about choosing the right pastel paint coloring (if any) for your walls. The fear in which this kind of will look like a babies room is actually a legitimate one – This kind of often can in addition to will, forcing you to cry like in which little non-existent baby whilst repainting this kind of the safe gray in which your husband/partner/lover begged you to inside the first place.

To prevent these divorces based on paint coloring, we tested in addition to rounded up our favorite, most beautiful pastel paint colors in which can live, maturely, in any room simply because they are standalone lovely colors. I love an all white room, in addition to obviously I am a professional at painting rooms gray. nevertheless there is actually a world of coloring out there in which we can use, we are just often so scared in which this kind of will look bad in addition to not work. Well, off to the wizard, you Cowardly Lion because by the end of this kind of post you will feel as confidant with in which perfect lavender as you did with your standby taupe.

To remind you what a not bad pastel can do to a room …

Exhibit A: This kind of was a girl’s bedroom nevertheless this kind of is actually one of the more common rooms I’ve ever done in addition to yet this kind of is actually a pastel. This kind of is actually Quartz Stone by Benjamin Moore in addition to I do love this kind of very much. This kind of didn’t make this kind of into our top six for blue because this kind of is actually fairly saturated in addition to can go truly young, nevertheless my goodness this kind of worked here.

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Exhibit B: Nicolette’s pink dining room which we painted Piroutte by Divine coloring for Valspar. This kind of coloring is actually fairly saturated (not a subtle tone of baby pink) so make sure you can handle in which baby in your room. This kind of didn’t make this kind of into the final coloring because this kind of is actually indeed too ‘pink’ to work universally, nevertheless Its a not bad inspiration for how pink can look grown-up.

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Exhibit C: The beautiful Theresa’s Green by Farrow in addition to Ball. This kind of room coloring is actually even more gorgeous in person. So soft, soothing in addition to happy. This kind of made this kind of into the top six unbeknownst to me (we didn’t look at the names while we were eliminating) in addition to continues to be a coloring in which I reach for often.

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Lastly, my guest room which was painted Old Faithful by Dutchboy was definitely on the powdery, baby side nevertheless I loved this kind of. Ironically I redid this kind of when I actually turned this kind of into Elliot’s room.

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As you can see I love to paint non-kid/baby rooms a pastel nevertheless even I have been scared in which the results might look too young, especially if in which kind of California/fresh/bloggy/Pinterest world isn’t your jam.

Back inside the day (the 80’s in addition to 0’s) we painted walls soft colors in addition to they did a lot for the ambience of the space. inside the aughts (early 2000’s) we went for gray in every room in addition to the last few years has been a huge all-white trend. We, the EHD design team, are both victims in addition to perpetrators of these coloring trends love (in addition to the subsequent saturation, no pun intended) in addition to we long for some soft, pretty colors back on our walls.

So we bought 137 pastels via our favorite paint companies (all of them, truly) in addition to tested them out. Just recommending colors based on internet research didn’t seem right This kind of time because they truly often aren’t totally accurate on screen, plus your eye is actually being informed by the colors near them. We wanted the best colors in which could stand alone next, naked, to white.

Once we received them we got to work.

Brady in addition to Jeff (our PA) painted two coats of each coloring onto large watercolor paper in addition to labeled them.

Brady Behind The Scenes Pastel Paints

After they were dry we narrowed the colors down to our favorite 6 in each coloring family – pink (blush), purple (lavender/lilac), blue (baby/powder), green (mint), yellow (er, truly light yellow) in addition to orange (peach). We didn’t look at the brand or the name to ensure in which our usual preferences didn’t inform the vote.

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Decision time. Since our intent was for the walls we had to put them up against the wall. By putting them together as a family we could truly discern what was going slightly too ‘bright’ or even too ‘dull’. They each had to be able to be by themselves as well as compare to others. nevertheless much like The Bachelor first impression rose, a lot of This kind of also came down to gut reaction.


Before I reveal the winners, let me make many important disclaimers here.

1. While any/most colors can be BEAUTIFUL inside the right space, with the right light, our goal was to choose more muted, easy to mix pastels in which we considered even SAFE. We eliminated many more saturated colors in which we love in addition to might use otherwise, based on This kind of criteria.

2. Paint colors vary a lot via room to room depending on a few things: 1. Your light (or lack therof). 2. The additional colors you have in your room or 3. even the coloring you have underneath this kind of. If you already have a coloring on the wall in addition to you are testing a fresh one, the original wall coloring underneath in addition to around the fresh one will drastically change your perception of in which coloring. Paint on a piece of paper, like this kind of, so you have at least some white around this kind of.

3. Since these colors can vary in many ways, please sample these before you commit. These were our favorites nevertheless this kind of doesn’t mean in which they are going to work in everyone’s home.

4. We didn’t test every coloring inside the entire world so yea, yours might not have made the cut simply because we didn’t try this kind of.

Here you are, folks. Our favorite colors in each coloring family. We tried to get a variety of shades in addition to tones of each to give you variety, nevertheless we stand by each one of these whole-heartedly.

Favorite Pastel Pink Paint

Sugarcane | Parasol | Orleans Violet | Sweet Pastel | Calamine | Organdy


Topsail | Dusky Blue | Skylight | Blue Frost | Glass Slipper | Streetwise

Favorite Pastel Orange Paints

Setting Plaster | Pink Moiré | Coastal Cottage | Nautilus Shell | Pink Ground | Love Story

Favoirte Pastel Green Paints

Teresa’s Green | Window Pane | Mint Spritzer | Quiet Mint | White Mint | Green Cast


Pernod | Caribbean Walk | Flashpoint | Banan-appeal | Calla Lily | Pale Hound

Best Pastel Purple Paints

Nosegay | Soft Silk | Violet Tinge | Unknown | Violet Dusk | Calluna Sorry in which we didn’t write the fourth one’s name dark enough in addition to currently have no idea what This kind of is actually. Hopefully this kind of wasn’t your favorite. ‘Sweet Pastel’ is actually a generic name we made up.

While I could tell you what I love about each of those 36 colors above, this kind of might surely get wordy, redundant in addition to unnecessary. They are all beautiful because of the tones in addition to pigments in which make up the ultimate coloring – whether they go slightly redder or cooler is actually obvious.

However … not giving you our strong editorial expert bias seemed like a missed opportunity to fully control your opinion (therefore your home). Here, we present to you, our favorite pastel colors of each family all together as one happy, light, trendy family.


Quiet Mint | Parasol | Caribbean Walk | Coastal Cottage | Glass Slipper | Nosegay

What you might find funny to know is actually in which we all agreed on those six colors. After staring at so many you’d think our eyes might be unable to decifer the difference, nevertheless we truly all gravitated towards these colors. They look truly colorful up here, sure, nevertheless they are all so soft in addition to beautiful in which I believe they have enough sophistication in addition to variance of tones to have real longevity on your walls. In additional words – while these are ‘colors’, you won’t get sick of them like you might with additional pastels.


There you have this kind of.

Currently, stop staring at in which mesmerizing gif in addition to figure out what room in your house you are going to take your pastel plunge in. Craving more coloring recommendations in addition to trends head check out, 4 Colors via the 0’s in which You’ll Want In Your House Right currently, Brady Picks A Gray, in addition to some of our coloring trends: Powder Blue, Buttercup Yellow, Lavender in addition to Fiesta Red.

*This kind of was our first coloring testing post in addition to we sure had fun. currently in which we’ve got the system down we are happy to do more so let us know what you want next in addition to we’ll put this kind of into production. Best darker/moody tones? Best bright/happy colors? Or simply Best blues? I think a ‘Best warm nevertheless not beige’ white post might be in our future because I just had to choose one for the outside of my house in addition to man This kind of wasn’t easy (p.s. I chose this kind of one in addition to I love this kind of). 

**Photography by Jess Isaac

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