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Arts and Crafts Color Palettes and Pastels

Published By: Warren Parker  -  Thursday, June 4, 2015

Arts & Crafts Living RoomEarthy, natural color palettes are a must in the Arts and Crafts design style. This style has a place for all the rich reds, deep goldenrod shades, and the shady greens, but what about their softer, paler cousins, the pastels?

Although pastels aren't usually associated with Arts and Crafts design, several of them work very well in a balanced palette. These are great colors for making the style more approachable for children or those who prefer lightweight palettes, or for simply adding a soft, springtime feel to a Craftsman color scheme. If you are looking for pastel colors that you can easily incorporate into an Arts and Crafts color palette, read on.

When it comes to pastel shades, rose is one of the easiest to incorporate into an Arts and Crafts design palette. From a design perspective, the soft pink hues that are an unmistakable sign of springtime wildflowers and the fact that rose is a perfect balance between an earth tone and delicate pastel, it makes sense to use.

Rose is a color that can work really well as either a primary color or as an accent shade in the Arts and Crafts color scheme. When used as an accent, it can be used to brighten up more traditional Arts and Crafts shades like sand, neutral gray, or gold-toned wood. It's perfect as the primary color for a softer palette, complementing shades like moss, olive, or wicker.

Make sure that when choosing a rose-toned shade, it's a true medium shade. The tone will feel artificial and out of place next to traditional Craftsman color if it becomes too bright or pure pink.

The soft, medium yellow shade that is butter is another pastel that works beautifully in Arts and Crafts design. Butter isn't bold enough to be out of place in a subtle color scheme, but it's a little bit too saturated to be a neutral, so it's a great warm and vibrant choice as a primary color in an Arts and Crafts palette.

Generally, butter-toned pastels make a better primary palette color than an accent, as it is there that they can lose their subtle warmth. They're great for walls in a kitchen or cheery living room, and can also do a lot for your furniture and linens if true neutrals feel too cold or bland.

You ideally want to avoid blending butter pastels with the deep, jewel-toned yellows of the typical Arts and Crafts palette, as they will make this softer shade look washed out and weary. You should instead pair butter with soft blues, or deep muted shades such as mulberry and grape.

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