A friend sent me this video of a multi-colored pastel house in Scotland which was voted Scotland’s Home of the Year in 2022. It’s called the Orkney Townhouse, and it looks absolutely scrumptious with all the pastel colors that you find inside and outside the house. It’s like colorful meringues or their French cousins, those round macarons that look all sweet and charming…which is what the vibe of this home is.

Look at this!

This Victorian townhouse renovation is owned by Jay and Rob, who relocated from London four years ago to Orkney. This place is an archipelago in the North Isles of Scotland, known for its beautiful nature, wildlife, food, and drink.

Paint Your Home with Pastel Colors

The Joyful Energy of Pastels

We have many posts that talk about pastel colors for your home—how to mix your own pastel colors using Boysen colorants and how to style your home using these pastel colors.

Judging from what we see in Filipino homes in social media, we are far from embracing colors. The color styles are mostly white, neutral, industrial, and natural. If you want colors in your home but don’t know how to splash them on your surfaces, then colorful minimalism may just be for you. In this article, you will find tips on how to go about using colors in your home in an understated way.

Create a Cohesive Color Palette

The Orkney Townhouse can be your guide when you finally want to make the switch from #teamputi to #teamkulay. Some interior designers are predicting that we will be seeing more colors in our homes in 2024.

If you look closely, it all starts with a cohesive color palette. Look at these two color palettes:

The first one is very light and subdued. But with the natural light we have in our country, these colors will still stand out. It exudes a very fresh and breezy vibe that would be good to have when the temperatures climb. If it’s cool like Baguio weather in December, these dreamy colors will help you feel cozy, warm, and relaxed.

The Bubble Gum Jelly Bean Pastel Colors | MyBoysen

This palette has darker pastels compared to the first color palette. However, the colors are not too intense like other bright and vibrant colors found in several palettes in the past Boysen Color Trends.

When you’ve pinned down your color palette, then go on to the next step.

Tell a Story with Colors

Looking at the Orkney Townhouse, you will see that colors are repeated in all the rooms. The main difference is that the primary color for each space changes.

Think of your home as telling a color story. Start with the main colors for common areas, and let other household members weave the story with you. Each of your children may have a favorite color that they want for their bedrooms so give them that joy.

In the Orkney Townhouse, it all starts with a lilac gray front door with pink door jambs that lead to a pink living room with all colors already laid out so you know that you can expect more colors in the other rooms. However, the green that greets you in the kitchen is still a delightful surprise. Wait till you see the other rooms!

Click on the link to get you to more blog posts on pastel colors. Who knows, you may be inspired to welcome 2024 with a colorful abode.


Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions (https://talkinglions.com). She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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