Change your opinion of soft hues

Easter eggs aren’t the only things that look good in pastels—your interiors are a natural place to experiment with springtime shades and pale hues. Once confined to nurseries and tropical spaces, pastel colors can be surprisingly versatile: Pink goes from baby-doll to boho-chic thanks to woven textures and grounding neutrals; paired with clean lines and tailored upholstery, a plum room feels contemporary without being intimidating. What’s more, the understated color profile of pastels creates an adaptable backdrop that holds up against bold prints and patterns in a more interesting way than plain-old white, and a more subtle manner than statement-making jewel tones. Perhaps that’s why softer palettes have made a comeback in recent years. With spring just around the corner, Architectural Digest has rounded up 30 pastel rooms to lighten your mood and get you ready for the season.

Shown: In the master bedroom of designer and architect Dmitry Velikovsky’s Moscow duplex, the ornate piece atop the headboard was originally the back of a 19th-century Burmese monk’s chair; the lamp is by IKEA. The Indonesian mask on the side table is surmounted by a small landscape painting by Nikolay Dubovskoy and a photograph by Nikolai Kulebiakin; the walls are sheathed in faux suede.

Interior designer May Daouk’s late-19th-century villa in Beirut is oriented around an expansive antiques-filled living room painted a striking lilac. The table at left displays ceramics found at John Rosselli Antiques. The purple armchairs are from Ann-Morris Antiques, and the large Oushak carpet is 19th century.

A Walton Ford painting spans one wall of the living room in a Dutchess County, New York, farmhouse designed by G. P. Schafer Architect; the lamps are by Vaughan, the Gustavian chairs are from Evergreen Antiques, and the circa-1880s Sultanabad rug is from Beauvais Carpets.