We predict this outdoor color trend will be everywhere this spring

The pastel trend is making its way outside as we move into spring

pastel pink and blue fence with white bench
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The pastel trend which has brought comfort to our homes is about to float gently out into gardens and outdoor living spaces, just in time for spring.

Garden trends don't get much prettier than the emerging pastel trend. As the new garden furniture lines for 2022 are starting to launch, we have noticed many brands opting for a pastel color palette this year. 

'Our environment - including both indoor and outdoor spaces - has a big impact on our mood,' says Tobie Lewis, senior brand manager at Valspar Paint (opens in new tab), of the color trend. 'The past few years have made us appreciate our outdoor space as a place to enhance relaxation and calm. Choosing a well-balanced color palette is one of the first steps to achieve this and create a place to unwind.'

Green garden table with built in planter

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How to style the outdoor pastel trend

1. Bring in a pastel backdrop

Green pastel painted shed

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Pastel and neutral colors such as creams and greys are great at providing a soothing backdrop for living rooms and bedrooms but can work equally well for walls, sheds and garden fence color ideas. A serene background to your outdoor space helps to create a calm and nurturing environment.

'Other tones like light blues and gray hues recall a beach feeling, while pops of sunny yellow and muted oranges provide a joyful spot and brighten up any outdoor corners between your garden vegetation,' adds Lewis. 

2. Add pretty accessories

purple planter

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Beautiful blush pinks, delicate blues and the loveliest of lilacs, the pastel colors of blooms make any garden beautiful. Outdoor living retailers are responding to our need for simple beauty with garden furniture, garden planters, and tableware in a spectrum of delicate shades.

However, select carefully for maximum impact. 'To create a professionally styled look and feel in your outdoor space, choose a base pastel tone and complement it with bold accessories in the shade of its brighter counterpart,' says Rebecca Stanton, stylist at Dobbies Garden Centres (opens in new tab).

'For example, a pastel green bistro set will act as a perfect base for vibrant teal accessories. Taking a monochromatic approach to décor will ensure there’s a natural flow in your garden.'

3. Fit with vintage furniture

Blue wall with pink chair and shelves of plant pots

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Pastel garden shades work beautifully with vintage or vintage-style metal or wicker furniture. 'Sales of outdoor vintage furniture have increased 100 percent since last year as more and more people seek the aesthetic for their gardens, mixing and matching with their current furniture,' says former Conran Shop buying director Paul Middlemiss, who owns vintage furniture shop, Merchant & Found (opens in new tab)

Will you be embracing the outdoor pastel trend for your garden color scheme?

Jayne Dowle is an award-winning freelance gardening, homes and property writer who writes about everything from swimming ponds to skyscraper apartments, for publications including Sunday Times Home, Times Bricks & Mortar, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and The Spectator. Awarded the Garden Journalist of the Year accolade at the Property Press Awards in 2021, she has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and a lifelong love of homes, interiors and gardens. Her first memories include planting potatoes with her grandfather and drawing houses. Her own garden - her fourth - at home in a 1920s house in Yorkshire, is south-facing and on the side of a valley. It’s a constant challenge