Pastel paradise: Travel inspiration influenced by the pastel trend

As the rise in pastels continues, we explore global destinations that have embraced the trend. These delicate shades pack a punch when it comes to design and the following destinations are not to be missed en route to pastel paradise.

Hôtel Pastel Paris

  Hôtel Pastel Paris

Hôtel Pastel Paris

At Hôtel Pastel Paris the name really does what it says on the (gently shaded paint) tin. Whilst pastel tones are never really out of date, this hotel was an early adopter of the latest phase of the trend.  Sitting in the stylish setting of Paris’ 16th arrondissement, the interiors combine classic whites and greys with fresh hues of pink, yellow and blue, to très chic effect.

COMO Metropolitan Miami

 Mint aesthetic at COMO Metropolitan Miami

Mint aesthetic at COMO Metropolitan Miami

If you’re one for perusing pastel patterns, Miami is a great place to start. These fun and flirty shades go hand in hand with the Art Deco era that is synonymous with Miami Beach. For us, choosing our favourite lifeguard post is the hardest decision to make in chilled out Miami - but selecting a hotel from the hundreds of cool offerings along the Miami Boardwalk is a close second. However, when it comes to pastel patterns, we’re backing COMO Metropolitan Miami. The hotel takes aesthetic cues from the elegant 1920s and 30s; featuring geometric silhouettes and playful tones of pastel pink and sea-foam green.

Pasticceria Marchesi, Milan

 Prada's pistachio cafe

Prada's pistachio cafe

If you’ve been to Milan and haven’t tried Pasticceria Marchesi, are you and your taste buds still friends? This famed Milanese pastry shop, acquired by Italian fashion house, Prada, took its colour palette from their minty fresh fall 2015 catwalk. Elegantly converting pastel paradise to Pastel Pradadise.

Nike Lab x Pigalle Basketball Court, Paris

 Nike x Pigalle in pastel

Nike x Pigalle in pastel

When Pigalle and Ill Studio get together to redesign Paris Duperré basketball court, we’re always excited by the outcome. Never more so than now after the court’s third makeover. Their recent collaboration with Nike brightens the streets with a striking pastel ombré effect. The partnership honours the latest Nike Lab x Pigalle line of on court expression. “The sportstyle collection honors the style of the time through elevated, modernized accents on classic silhouettes. Rich, two-color fabrics, soft tones, contrast taping details and retro renditions of timeless pieces are designed to provide everyday function to all who carry the culture of ball both on and off the court” Nike Lab.

Odette Restaurant, Singapore

 Odette, Singapore. Pretty in pink

Odette, Singapore. Pretty in pink

East meets west at Parisian inspired Odette, situated within Singapore’s National Art Gallery. The elegant pastel colour palette, curated by Sacha Leong from Universal design Studio, and swanky Parisian-style décor, perfectly complements the delectable offerings on Odette’s equally chic, two Michelin star menu. A colour palette for the most discerning of palates.

PNY, Paris

 PNY burgers with a side of pastel

PNY burgers with a side of pastel

In a love triangle of muted tones, whilst Paris inspires Singapore, Miami inspires Paris. It’s the somewhat whimsical nature of PNY Hamburgers (Paris New York), in the city’s hip Marais district, that’s caught our attention. Designers Clarens and Martin of CUT Architects describe the space as a ‘sober style with flashy colors, neons, cactus and minimalist diner booths’. Aside from interior design, the quality of ingredients includes exceptionally mature cuts of Le Ponclet beef sets PNY apart on the Parisian burger scene. We’ll have the Napalm Sriracha burger with a side of fun and extra fries.

Urban Villa, London

Urban Villa, west london airbnb

On the hunt for designer pastel? You can’t go far wrong with designs by New York Architects Grwynski  + Pons. Their distinct aesthetic has forged them international acclaim in retail, commercial, hospitality and residential commissions. Urban Villa, nestled between Richmond and Chiswick in leafy West London is a collection of hotel residences, each complete with a living room, kitchen and winter garden. Grwynski  + Pons bespoke furniture adds to the hotels sleek, unique ambiance.

Sketch, London

 The Gallery Restaurant, Sketch, London. Image credit Sketch, London

The Gallery Restaurant, Sketch, London. Image credit Sketch, London

London's Mayfair is renowned for it's affluence, designer shops and ornate townhouses. Traditionally, many of the area’s townhouses still boast grandeur, original features, and opulent design. However, one of the more famous residents, Sketch, is better known for an avant-garde approach to design. While all of the rooms at Sketch are a sight to be seen (if you're yet to visit their toilets they're a must - don't ask, just trust us), it's The Gallery and it's blush pink decor that has drawn our attention for this article. India Mahdavi's design was conceived as merely a backdrop to 239 of Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley's monochrome sketches hanging on the walls. However, the powder pink 'backdrop' has unquestionably become a style icon in its own right.

Located at 9 Conduit Street, this building historically housed the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Christian Dior's London atelier.  Sketch is well known in London not only for its food, but for art and music too. With such a prestigious and creative heritage, it's not surprising that Sketch has design in its blood (or in this case, on its bricks and mortar).

 - By Bethany Silcox

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