Inspiration for a plaid pastel Easter table filled with whimsical vintage and lily of the valley china plus 5 tips for using pastel colors!
Easter is only a few weeks away, and it’s time to start planning your tables!
I created this whimsical brightly hued plaid pastel Easter table the other day for the Easter Prep Workshop. It is filled with vintage treasures and the most elegant lily of the valley dishes from Royal China. All will be available to shop on March 31st at the Instagram flash sale.
Whether you adore pastels or only bring them out at spring and Easter, it can be tricky to decorate with these playful hues. While their whimsical quality is enticing, pastels can feel unsophisticated and clownish if not properly used.
I’m a pastel devotee, if you couldn’t tell, and I adore to use intense jewel like versions of these colors. I’ve learned a thing or two over the years in decorating with them, and wanted to share 5 tips with y’all today!
5 Tips to Decorating with Pastels:
No. 1 Liberally Mix with White
Using bright white with pastels allows those hues to really pop, but it also gives the eye a nice bit of rest.
No. 2 Ground with Contrast
To keep pastels sophisticated you need to play up the contrast by using a dark color. On my Easter table, the dark green of the china creates this contrast.
No. 3 Add an Earthy or Rustic Note
Balance out the youthful feel of pastels by introducing a rustic or earthy note. This could be an accessory or a color. Here the acid citron stripe in the table runner helps inject that element into the tablescape.
No. 4 Balance Whimsy & Elegance
Of course an Easter table with hopping bunnies and colorful Easter eggs will feel whimsical, but balance that with an elegant touch through your florals or china pattern. Here the lily of the valley dishes in simple white and dark green with refined flowers are that elegant note.
No. 5 Use Geometric Patterns
Pastels feel airy and bright so juxtapose this with a strong linear pattern like plaids, checks, and stripes. On my Easter tablescape, I started with a pastel hued plaid table runner, but also played with geometric patterns with the gingham Easter eggs and basket weave border on the BB plates.
Alright Peonies, enjoy prepping for your Easter celebrations!
Remember to have fun styling your table and remember you are creating an atmosphere for loved ones and friends to enjoy each other’s company, so make it playful and bright. They will feel special to be included and delighted by your efforts.
If you want to add this lovely pattern to your china collection, the dishes are Royal China Lily of the Valley: