Bring back the bubble gum and jelly bean colors but this time in pastels. Life may be scary and dismal so let nostalgia take you to those days when life was playful, fun and simple.

Leading color expert Pantone introduced the Spring/Summer 2021 fashion colors. “Offering a range of shades illustrative of nature, colors for Spring/Summer 2021 underscores our desire for flexible color that works year-round. Infused with a genuine authenticity that continues to be increasingly important, colors for Spring/Summer 2021 combine a level of comfort and relaxation with sparks of energy that encourage and uplift our moods,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Fun Pastel Colors for Your Home

Inspired by trends from Pantone, Let it B came up with this Bubble Gum Jelly Bean palette. But we gave it a twist and desaturated the colors, going for pastels instead of bold and bright.

The Bubble Gum and Jelly Bean Pastel Colors | MyBoysen

Just like the bubble gum music of the late 60s to early 70s, these pastels are feel-good and easy. Just one look, and you feel a lightness. And this is what everyone needs right now, especially those who feel they have been deluged by doom and gloom for months. This is a palette that ticks all those emotional boxes—the good vibes and warm memories.

The pastel colors are off-white, lemon yellow, soft orange, baby pink, cool green, and sky blue. Any of those colors connect you to memories that wrap you in a mellow glow. Think of soft summer nights, vacays with the barkada, or weekends hanging out with family.

Soothing and nostalgic, these pastel colors are found in vintage interior styles. What comes to mind are the 50s mommies standing in their kitchens when the second-wave feminist movement was still years away. But comfortable and soothing homes are not the purview of full-time housewives. Today’s girl power and feminine energy can also achieve making a relaxing and nurturing home while killing it at work. And what was once a terrain for women is also being conquered by men who are very comfortable with showing their feminine side. Wonderful to see the blurring of conventional male and female roles.

Mood Board for Redefined Shabby Chic

The mood board above is made for a shabby chic interior style. Here are some elements for this style:

  • pastel colors
  • distressed or whitewashed wood
  • ultra feminine style
  • floral prints
  • gingham
  • frills and ruffle
  • vintage linen and lace

Although trendsetters say that shabby chic has gone out of style (it was popular in the 90s), this style is now popular again because of the cottagecore (or countrycore) aesthetic. But today, it is less shabby and more chic, which is why we call it redefined shabby chic.


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This living room has a more refined interpretation of shabby chic. But what is similar is the level of comfort that it exudes, as well as the pleasing, romantic ambience.


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Millennials, and maybe even Gen X-ers, may not know Laura Ashley. This is a well-known British brand that manufactures textiles for fashion and home furnishings. It has been around since the 50s and underwent several transformations. It became famous in the 80s when Princess Diana started wearing their clothes. The soft feminine look was the opposite of the power-dressing of the 80s with the exaggerated shoulder pads.

The brand has been struggling for a long time and has financial woes. Yet there is a surge in demand for their old collections, those vintage prints of the the 80s.


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Powder rooms in powder blue look welcoming, clean and fresh. The fresh pink peonies in a white porcelain vase on a creamy, marble table top complete the picture of soft, graceful living.

Pastel Furnishings


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Smeg came out with these retro-cool pastel refrigerators in the late 90s. The colors and design on the outside are from the 50s but the technology inside is state of the art. Despite their launch more than 20 years ago, they are so iconic that people want this refrigerator as a wow design piece in their kitchens.


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Vornado retro fans look so cool and get you cool too. This 50s design is making a comeback. It would definitely fit with the mid-century modern furniture that is going strong until today.


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Ceramic design studio Ren.Vois located in California made this dinnerware collection. Ceramicist Tina Huang makes her products by hand. During International Women’s Day on March 8 this year, Tina said, “proud to say that 90% of my pieces are sold to women owned small businesses!”

Can the bubble gum and jelly bean color palette be used for another interior style? Definitely! A scheduled post will show you how these pastel colors can also be used in modern interiors.

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Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions ( 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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