Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.17.08 AMMany of us in North America are looking longingly at the calendar for signs of spring after a long and brutally cold winter. Home design is one step ahead with a fresh trend in 2014 – pastels!

With clues to the trend coming from the fashion runway, pastels are poised to enjoy a strong presence in home design this year. Often seen as sweet, pastels actually have an elegance that springs from their calm energy. Imagine a room decked out with fresh pale green or delicate lavender. The room likely feels soothing, restful, and serene.

Benjamin Moore Paints has named their 2014 Color of the Year. It is “Breath of Fresh Air” and is the most delightful shade of pastel blue. It is an excellent example of elegance and sophistication coming through a softer color.

Pastels also evoke a romantic sensibility. Full of femininity, but not necessarily girly, pastels offer a beautiful way to bring soft sophistication into the everyday living spaces of our homes.