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Pastel colors

We could all do with a little softness in this harsh world. After a long day at work, there is nothing better than coming home to a serene setting, especially one that has been decorated by our own hand... And the colours that surround us play a precious role. So to avoid feeling assaulted by a red that is too bright or be put in a gloomy mood by too much black, opt for pastel colours! Light blue, pearl grey, powdered pink, opaline green... The possibilities are endless, and above all, these shades compliment each other perfectly. For a chic bohemian interior, opt for a beige cotton voile on your walls. In a nostalgic mood? Add a vintage touch with a soft orange piece. Fans of the Scandinavian aesthetic? Cashmere grey will be perfect...

Pastel colours are sometimes perceived as bland in the collective imagination. And yet, they come back in force in our interiors! In fact, they have become one of the leading decorative trends. From the bedroom to the bathroom, via the kitchen and the lounge, they adapt to all atmospheres and tastes. Better still, they make us feel good by transforming each room into a real cocoon. Whether as a discrete touch or a total look, pastel tones make you want to snuggle up in an armchair, with a plaid blanket by the fire... The ideal setting to enjoy reading your favourite novel.

In addition to being on trend, these colours have a real meaning in the history of art. They appear as the essential components of one of the greatest artistic movements: Impressionism! At the beginning of the 1860s, a young generation of artists entered the French creative scene. In this desire to break conventions and create an innovative art, these painters dared to go all out and propose a more luminous painting, based on an observation of nature. No more warm tones, hello light colours! Landscapes, as varied as they are, came to be depicted with cooler tones. The scenes of flowering gardens and the shores of the sea were bathed in a soft light that caught everyone's eye. In this period of artistic effervescence at the beginning of the 20th century, some painters went even further. The Nabis and the Fauvists expressed their interest in the soft harmony of pastel colours even more so. Take for example, certain paintings by Henri Matisse or Maurice Denis, which caused a sensation (and scandal!).

Finally, the pastel shades are no doubt linked to the world of childhood and the joy that accompanies it. They remind us of the sweetness of marshmallows, the deliciously sweet taste of syrups, the crackle of sugared almonds in your mouth and the intoxicating smell of cotton candy. Season after season, they bring a breath of fresh air. In spring, they evoke the songs of birds and flowering fields, while in summer, they harmonise with the blue sky. In autumn, they contrast with the warm colours and in winter, they bring a little cheerfulness... Discover our selection of soft and cheerful works, to put in your home right away!

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In time for Christmas
Kyoko Dufaux, The Amabiés at the waterside, Painting

Kyoko Dufaux

The Amabiés at the waterside, 2020
8.7 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 499

In time for Christmas
Eric Pottier, Pomme coulée bleue claire - Les Chroniques d'Anna, Sculpture

Eric Pottier

Pomme coulée bleue claire - Les Chroniques d'Anna, 2020
4.7 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 561

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Chuli Herrera, Zelf Portret (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Painting

Chuli Herrera

Zelf Portret (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), 2018
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 8,974

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Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Ici, un céleste 'coït', dans le ciel 'uni à sa blanche clarté', Drawing

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Ici, un céleste 'coït', dans le ciel 'uni à sa blanche clarté', 2006
4.3 x 5.9 inch
Drawing

$ 997

Jill Meager, Hedgehog, Drawing

Jill Meager

Hedgehog, 2017
22 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$ 1,527

Michel Leclercq, Chorégraphie n°1, Drawing

Michel Leclercq

Chorégraphie n°1, 2015
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Drawing

$ 7,478

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Nacho Frades, Beach, Print

Nacho Frades

Beach, 2020
30 x 50 inch
Print

$ 6,550

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William Weyman, Variation on Red, Painting

William Weyman

Variation on Red, 2006
36 x 48 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$ 9,600

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Laure Bollinger, Philos jaune I, Drawing

Laure Bollinger

Philos jaune I, 2018
17.7 x 13.4 x 0.2 inch
Drawing

$ 548

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Natacha Mondon, Alliance Rose, Sculpture

Natacha Mondon

Alliance Rose, 2013
13 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,051

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Benoît Mauduech, The gold bird, Painting

Benoît Mauduech

The gold bird, 2020
35 x 57.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,611

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Richard Heeps, Pink Gloves, Photography

Richard Heeps

Pink Gloves, 2009
11 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 208

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Richard Heeps, Lilac Gloves, Photography

Richard Heeps

Lilac Gloves, 2009
11 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 208

Gina Vor, Biology 5 | Aquarelle Abstraite, Painting

Gina Vor

Biology 5 | Aquarelle Abstraite, 2019
12.6 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Painting

$ 162

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Gina Vor, Pastel Dreams 3 - Pink Abstract (Abstrait Rose), Painting

Gina Vor

Pastel Dreams 3 - Pink Abstract (Abstrait Rose), 2018
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 748

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Antoine Rose, Shades of Blue, Photography

Antoine Rose

Shades of Blue, 2019
52.4 x 52.4 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 14,333

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Valerie Marty, Piaf Bleu pâle, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Bleu pâle, 2020
6.5 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 349

Kirsten Jackson, Let the Sunshine In (Unframed), Painting

Kirsten Jackson

Let the Sunshine In (Unframed), 2018
48.4 x 60.2 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,692 $ 2,991

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Gabriel Sánchez Toledo, Sans titre, Painting

Gabriel Sánchez Toledo

Sans titre, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$ 4,487

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Alice de Miramon, Fleur de pirate / série "Botanical gardens", Painting

Alice de Miramon

Fleur de pirate / série "Botanical gardens", 2019
9.1 x 6.1 inch
Painting

$ 499

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Kyong Lee, Not yet 004, Painting

Kyong Lee

Not yet 004, 2018
29.5 x 21.7 inch
Painting

$ 1,249

Paco Raphael, Bambi (Yellow), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Bambi (Yellow), 2020
14.8 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,181

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Kyong Lee, Eckige Masse 92, Painting

Kyong Lee

Eckige Masse 92, 2020
13.8 x 13.8 inch
Painting

$ 763

Luigi Visconti, Circolo Nautico, Santa Cesarea, Photography

Luigi Visconti

Circolo Nautico, Santa Cesarea, 2018
39.4 x 51.2 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 4,163

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Peter Hoffer, Normandie, Painting

Peter Hoffer

Normandie, 2018
24 x 48 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 6,107

Patrick Smith, Bidart, France, Photography

Patrick Smith

Bidart, France, 2018
39.4 x 53.1 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 3,864

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Denis Christophel, Modulations horizontales - Bleu et rose, Painting

Denis Christophel

Modulations horizontales - Bleu et rose, 2016
76.8 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 6,232

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Alexei Lantsev, Chapelle à Vence, Print

Alexei Lantsev

Chapelle à Vence, 2017
11.8 x 16.7 inch
Print

$ 181

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Alexei Lantsev, Fille avec une fleur rouge, Print

Alexei Lantsev

Fille avec une fleur rouge, 2017
11 x 7.9 inch
Print

$ 118

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Ark, Champs jaune 1, Painting

Ark

Champs jaune 1, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 187

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Tomasz Koclega, Tenaci Perfectus - Orange, Sculpture

Tomasz Koclega

Tenaci Perfectus - Orange, 2020
20.9 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,116

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Ark, Taches, Painting

Ark

Taches, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 187

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Emmanuelle Vroelant, Nostalgie, Painting

Emmanuelle Vroelant

Nostalgie, 2018
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$ 5,235

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Clotilde, Escholtzias jaune, Painting

Clotilde

Escholtzias jaune, 2019
63.8 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,739

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Ian Lawrence, Fervent, Painting

Ian Lawrence

Fervent, 2020
27.6 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 2,214

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Gregory Malphurs, the.rover., Drawing

Gregory Malphurs

the.rover., 2020
30 x 22 inch
Drawing

$ 1,700

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Patrick Marie, Varangeville - Côte normande, Print

Patrick Marie

Varangeville - Côte normande, 2019
19.3 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$ 269 $ 337

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Jacqueline Carcagno, LIght on the River, Painting

Jacqueline Carcagno

LIght on the River, 2018
24 x 24 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$ 2,600

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Miri Baruch, Bright spring day, Painting

Miri Baruch

Bright spring day, 2020
27.6 x 63 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,994

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Josiane Saya, Bleue mer, Painting

Josiane Saya

Bleue mer, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 7,478

Robert Delval, Nu Rose, Painting

Robert Delval

Nu Rose, 2001
18.1 x 21.7 inch
Painting

$ 2,804

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Elena Borstein, Cienfuegos I, Painting

Elena Borstein

Cienfuegos I, 2000
40 x 30 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$ 6,000

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Miri Baruch, Flowers from below, Painting

Miri Baruch

Flowers from below, 2019
31.5 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,620

Lara Messina, Blue is for dreams, Painting

Lara Messina

Blue is for dreams, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 823

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Simone Webb, Blushing Pallor, Print

Simone Webb

Blushing Pallor, 2013
13 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$ 271

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Simone Webb, Affinity, Print

Simone Webb

Affinity, 2014
16.1 x 12.2 x 0 inch
Print

$ 354

Martine Lesaffre, Baisers Doux, Sculpture

Martine Lesaffre

Baisers Doux, 2018
11.8 x 10.2 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,147

Thomas Verny, Sunrise-Fouscais, Drawing

Thomas Verny

Sunrise-Fouscais, 2014
31.5 x 33.5 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$ 4,711

In time for Christmas
Helen Manning Clark, Paysage d’arbres, Painting

Helen Manning Clark

Paysage d’arbres, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 2,082

Our recommendations Thomas Verny, Lodeve I, Drawing

Thomas Verny

Lodeve I, 2014
7.1 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$ 685

Clare Marie Bailey, Evangelines Dream, Photography

Clare Marie Bailey

Evangelines Dream, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 561

Clare Marie Bailey, Dreams in Alpha, Photography

Clare Marie Bailey

Dreams in Alpha, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 623

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Antonio Calderara, Untitled, Print

Antonio Calderara

Untitled, 1973
19.5 x 19.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 424

Izabela Sawicka, Letter, Photography

Izabela Sawicka

Letter, 2018
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 7,229

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Kerstin Paillard, Terra Nullius I, Painting

Kerstin Paillard

Terra Nullius I, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 997

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Anne Marrec, L'Estran 1, Painting

Anne Marrec

L'Estran 1, 2019
4.7 x 6.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 374

Joanna Jones, Beauty treads a razor edge #8, Painting

Joanna Jones

Beauty treads a razor edge #8, 2019
55.1 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 11,548

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Pere Moles, Abstract Yellow #1, Print

Pere Moles

Abstract Yellow #1, 2018
29.9 x 22 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 486

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Mairi Timoney, Green I, Painting

Mairi Timoney

Green I, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$ 1,059

Nicolas Dubreuille, Ref 579, Drawing

Nicolas Dubreuille

Ref 579, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

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