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The coolest colours for summer Ice cream shades

The coolest colours for summer? Ice-cream shades

We’ve got the inside scoop on the shades of the season: smart pastels.

Inspired by the soft colours found in ice-cream sundaes – think strawberry pinks, sherbet oranges and mint greens – it’s the perfect palette for summer (and beyond). 

Better still, these sugary shades work brilliantly with Tranquil Dawn – our versatile Colour of the Year 2020 – which is a soft green inspired by the morning sky.

Try the trend in rooms used for socialising, such as a kitchen or dining room, for a playful look that’s sure to spark conversation.

With a single hue, such as timeless Tranquil Dawn, used as the dominant colour and two or three on-trend pastels as accents, spaces will stand the test of time, too.

"Team your soft, pretty palette with accessories in solid natural materials to achieve a balanced, modern look"

The coolest colours for summer? Ice-cream shades

Objectives of Desire


1. Pair subdued pastels with vibrant greens via an abundance of indoor plants. Not only are they made for Instagram, but urban jungles really do breathe life into rooms

2. Add accessories in warm-toned natural materials, such as wood – think rustic chopping boards and schoolhouse-style bar stools – with painted accents that pick up on the palette

3. Hang industrial-inspired pendant lamps in flat, matt grey concrete in front of glossy pastels for a welcome contrast

4. Introduce a wild-card item, such as a terrazzo tray, that combines materials and colours used elsewhere. This surface is experiencing something of a retro revival

5. Finally, what’s a social setting without seating you can slouch into? Choose something neutral that’s chic but comfortable

Get the ice-cream shades trend licked with these three tasteful ideas:

Get the ice-cream shades trend licked with these three tasteful ideas:

In the Zone

Highlight a corner by partially painting two walls in Tranquil Dawn, adding a horizontal strip around the top in pale Soft Peach

Complete the cosy nook by hanging a small, simple light and scattering a few coordinating cushions in neutral tones. It’s the perfect space to relax and unwind.

In The Zone

On The Tiles


Enhance a painted splashback with a couple of rows of medum-sized tiles directly above the worktop. Pair fresh-faced pastels with a style like Archivo Crochet from Topps Tiles, featuring a subtly aged appearance to balance the scheme. The tiles will help protect your paint and keep the splashback looking pristine. 


Expert Know-How


Our creative director, Marianne Shillingford, says: “Paint a refreshing splashback in Tranquil Dawn against a backdrop of Blush Pink. It gives the pastel surrounding a much-needed punch. Accentuate the area further by adding a shelf and accessorising with cookery books and condiments jars for eclectic elegance.”

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