Color Me Happy

How to Create Your Home’s Perfect Color Palette – Pastel Italian Villa Edition

Welcome to this edition of “Color Me Happy – How to Create Your Home’s Perfect Color Palette!”

If you didn’t read the DeVol Kitchens edition, click here to check out the dark & moody color palette I created using a photo from one of their legendary English Cottage kitchens. You can also find more Color Me Happy editions here and if you want to read about my exact step-by-step process, make sure to start here.

With spring quickly approaching, I thought I’d create a palette using some fun & happy pastel colors that instantly make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!


I’m constantly on Pinterest searching for interesting color combinations for either my graphic design or interior decorating projects.

I love getting inspiration from nature photos or building exteriors and save the ones that instantly make me feel something in my creative gut.

When I came across the super cheerful photo above, I immediately felt a sense of joyful serenity and knew it would be a winner for a future Color Me Happy feature.

It’s such a cheerful color combination grounded with some beautiful neutral colors and greenery to keep it from feeling too cutesy and saccharine.

I created two mood boards using a palette from this inspiration photo so let’s dive in!


1. Surfboard Yellow | 2. Calamine Pink | 3. Extra White | 4. Toffee Tart | 5. Fog 


Curtain Rod | Tassel Curtains| Framed Canvas | Wallpaper | White Duvet Cover
Pink Pillows | Yellow Pillow | Nightstand | Plants
Lamp | Area Rug | Leather Bed | Striped Bed Linens

Curtain Rod | Flax Linen Curtains | Floor Lamp | Wall Mirrors | Wallpaper
Sofa | Pink Pillows | Yellow Pillows | Striped Pillow | Side Table
Monstera Plant | Coffee Table | Hoya Plant | Area Rug | Basket | Accent Chair

These mood boards are just basic starting points, but you can always get more creative with the color combinations by using the palette as your guide.

Just remember this:  Decorating is and should be fun – it shouldn’t stress you out.  If it does, somethin’ ain’t right …

Thank you so much for following my blog and for letting me help you create your own lived-in, loved-in spaces!

Image Source:  Lark & Linen


  • Kinsey
    February 13, 2020 at 12:46 PM

    Whoooohoooo Happy happy is right …made me feel like I was in another country with your inspo pic!?I love using blush and rusty brown together, there’s something vintage yet modern about it! I enjoy using color pallets when dressing my kids, att to detail is me for sure & I’m sure w you too!! That CB2 floor lamp is gadorgeous!! And I love the round coffee table too?Well done friend!

    • Michelle
      February 14, 2020 at 3:45 PM

      Thank you, doll face! That inspo pic makes me feel like I want to be sitting on that little stoop, holding a little basket of fresh flowers. 🙂 I love blush and rust brown too and I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s a feeling of nostalgia, yet there’s something fresh and modern about it. And yeah, that CB2 lamp! I hope I get to use that on a project soon because it’s so crazy unique!


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