Pastel Colours - Springtime Has Finally Sprung
Why do we associate Easter and Spring with pretty pastels? And what is a pastel colour anyway?
What are Pastel Colours?
In art, pastels are a specific type of medium, usually in stick form. They are colours with low saturation but not necessarily the light, delicate colours we think of as pastel colours. In general use, pastel refers to any low saturation, light, or subdued colour. The most common pastels are light shades of blue, pink, green, yellow, and lavender (light purple). Light orange or coral colors and light shades of turquoise are also pastel Easter colors.
What is the symbolism behind the Pastel Easter Colours?Pastel colours are considered Springtime colours. They symbolise rebirth, new growth, and new beginnings.
Yellow is joy, happiness. Yellow is the sun shining on a clear, Spring day.
Green represents hope, birth, renewal. It is grass and leaves turning green again, new plants emerging.
Pink is a fresh beginning, a healthy new start, and playfulness.
Orange represents the dawning of a new day, a new season.
Light Purples like Lavender suggest something special.
Blue is the colour of the sky and of water. It suggests peace and harmony. It's a clear blue sky and the rain that brings forth the new Spring growth.
The colours described here are typical pastel Easter colours. Use these colours or colours like them to suggest Easter and Springtime. When using light colours like these, it's good to mix in a darker, brighter, or more saturated colour here and there to provide contrast and to avoid looking washed-out.
The light or pastel colours of Easter bonnets, painted eggs, and the Easter bunny are fun to work with and can really brighten up a room with a splash of colour here and there by using scatter cushions, throws and other accessories.