How to Design Using Pastel Colors + 10 Pastel Palette Examples

While pretty pastel colors were mostly associated with designs for spring, changes in design trends and pastel and modified colors are now used all year round. The ubiquity of the paste color palette is due to the fact that they can be both soothing and soft or offbeat and rebellious. There’s even pastel red, a softer shade of a generally bright color that’s commonly used by web developers because it’s easier on the eyes.

In this article, we are going to discuss popular pastel color names, find out how pastel colors are made, share famous pastel color codes, and then try to use them in Picsart.

What are pastel colors?

If you want to understand pastel colors, you must first understand the concept of hue. Pastel colors are not normally visible on the painter’s traditional color wheel, which usually only has primary, secondary or tertiary colors. Thus, pastel colors are mixed with white to soften their overall look while retaining the character of the original color. For example, a light pastel pink is a muted version of the primary red color.

people are skateboarding by a swimming pool with a pastel pink floor

How can you do pastel colors?

Pastel shades can be achieved through a dyeing process. In color theory, a tint is a combination of colors that blend with white to diminish the darkness of the original color. Alternatively, the shading is the same, but instead of white, you mix colors with black to increase the darkness of the original color. Therefore, pastels are colors that have been tinted and mixed with white to be pale and soft.

close up of pastel colors on art deco building and sign

7 of our favorite pastel shades

What are the names of common pastel colors? Check out this list of our favorite examples of pastels (and their hex codes) to consider for your next graphic design project.

1. Baby Blue (B2CEfE)

baby blue hexadecimal color code

Pastel blue is a combination of the primary color blue, tinged with white.

They don’t call him “baby” for nothing. This hue can play a starring role in your nursery wallpaper, but it could also make a great pastel background for your next design project. It exudes youth, vitality and playfulness. By adding white to blue, you can create other popular pastel blue colors like sky blue, pale blue, dusty blue, and light blue.

2. Baby Pink (FFD1DC)

Pastel pink is a combination of the primary color red, tinged with lots of white.

Soft, light and airy like cotton candy! Pastel pink is having a major moment that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, and we’re not mad about it. This shade of pastel pink is as delicious as it looks. Traditionally associated with nurseries for little girls, it has acquired new associations in the era of modern design. You’ll just as likely find men wearing polo shirts and ties in this cute, cheerful tone as you’ll find in living room pillows.

baby pink hexadecimal color code

3. Coral (FDA487)

Coral is a combination of the primary colors yellow and red, mixed with white.

It’s a color that evokes days spent by the pool eating popsicles that were, let’s face it, way too sweet. This tone is joyful and warm, a bit like a summer day! It has a nostalgic character due to its popularity in art deco design, which makes it ideal for retro designs.

coral hexadecimal color code

4. Lilac (C8A2C8)

Lilac is a combination of the primary colors red and blue with a large hint of white.

There is no color more perfect for making Easter eggs than lilac, lavender or pastel purple. It is a soothing and dreamy pastel tone. Synesthetes (people for whom the stimulation of one sense, such as sight, activates another, such as smell) can say that the connection between the smell of lavender and the color of lavender is strong. It is, after all, one of the most soothing carrier oils!

lilac hexadecimal color code

5. Purple (B784A7)

Mauve is a combination of blue with a bit of red and white.

This pastel shade is great for everything from a lipstick color to an eye-catching color for packaging design. It is unique in the pastel repertoire because it has a sensual side to it (something that pastels are not generally known for), depending on how it is used.

purple hexadecimal color code

6. Mint Green (98FF98)

Mint green is a combination of blue, yellow and a touch of white.

This shade of pale green is very dreamy. It is reminiscent of vintage jewelry, as a color commonly used in the forties, fifties and sixties.

mint green hexadecimal color code

7. Lemon (FDFD96)

Pastel yellow is a combination of yellow and white.

Get cracking! Lemon evokes a feeling of cheerfulness and joy, much like the sun on a beautiful spring day! It is ideal for giving your photos a tint of brightness.

lemon hexadecimal color code

Pastel color palette

Looking for the perfect pastel color combinations? Check out these color palette ideas to incorporate into your designs.

  • Magnificent Monet: Evoking watercolor and the classic styles of French Impressionist painters like Monet, this color palette will give any project you’re working on a sophisticated look.

Monet inspired color palette

  • The Ides of March: It’s no secret that we often associate pastels with the start of spring. This is because the sun comes out after a dark winter, so lighter tones are appropriate. The yellows represent the sun. The pinks represent new floral growth and the green represents the bounty of the earth. This is a great pastel color palette if you’re hoping to evoke a new sense of new beginnings.

color palette inspired by the ides of march

  • Sunflower Satisfaction: Sunflowers are also associated with spring, but they have a very distinct earthy, earthy and charming color palette. It will give your projects an outdoor zing!

sunflower inspired color palette

  • Dahlia Delight: Flowers are a wonderful expression of nature’s pastel color palette. The soft, pale color of flowers with petals like dahlias and peonies evoke weddings and baby showers. You could use this palette for your next invitation!

dahlia inspired pastel color palette

  • The cotton candy craze: Nothing beats the luxurious tie-dye swirl of cotton candy – in taste or in appearance. This is the funkiest side of the pastel color palette, which is often associated with color-based trends like pastel goth or fun summer ice cream.

cotton candy inspired pastel color palette

Want to create your own color palette with lots of pastels? Check out this quick tutorial on creating a color palette from an image.

pastel tones on the houses in amsterdam

How to edit a photo in pastel color

Are you ready to use pastel colors in your next design project? Here’s how to infuse your images with these dreamy hues.

If modification on the Web:

1) Open Picsart in your browser window and click to start a new project. We will be designing a social media post in this example. So we clicked on Instagram and selected Portrait to get the right canvas size. You can always change canvas sizes in the editor.

how to start a new project in picsart

2) Click Background to the left Editor toolbar and select a pastel color of your choice. You can use the color eyedropper tool or type in the exact hex code.

how to make a pastel background with picsart

3) Click Elements in the left toolbar and add shapes to your design.

how to add shapes to a social media post design in picsart

You can change the color of shapes by clicking on the individual shape element and then using the Color pallet tool in the toolbar above your canvas. Add as many shapes as you want to get a fun pastel design.

how to change color of shapes in picsart web

4) Now it’s time to add some text. Click on Text in the left toolbar, select a heading size and enter your text. Once you’ve typed your text, you can change the font, font color, size, repositioning, and more.

how to add text to a pastel color flyer design in picsart

5) When you are done with your pastel themed editing, click Export to download your edit to your computer. Here you can also select the file size, name, format and scaling if needed.

how to export a final edit from picsart web

If you modify in the application:

1) Open the Picsart app and tap the plus sign (+) at the bottom of your screen to start a new edit.

2) Scroll down to Color Backgrounds, select the color wheel and select a fun pastel background.

how to make a pastel colored backdrop in the picsart app

3) Use the Adapt tool to resize your canvas if needed for publishing on a specific platform. Here we changed the canvas to work for an Instagram feed post.

4) Scroll the Editor toolbar and select Text. Type your text, then change the font, font size, font color, and reposition as needed. Replicate as needed to get the perfect pastel-themed montage and press Apply save.

how to add text to a peach colored canvas in picsart

5) Now add a filter under the effect tool to help tie your editing together. We used the Noise filter here.

how to create text based instagram post in picsart

6) Press Next in the upper right corner to access the save and share screen. You can save your edit to your phone, share it as a Replay, share it with the Picsart community, or post it to a social platform of your choice.

how to export a social media post created in picsart

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