Pastel Backgrounds

Pastel colors are a part of a pale family of colors that have high luminance (amount of light) and low saturation (intensity of color) in them. The most common pale colors of this year are whimsy yellow, light azure, creamy mint, and soft millennial pink. Pastel backgrounds utilizing some variations of this pallet, can achieve a sense of comfort and a great soothing feeling for their main subject.

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Pastel colors are soothing to the eyes and are best for soft emotions like love, kindness, happiness, romance, relaxation, peace, and pleasure… That’s why it is an amazing background option. Just as it is in fashion, colors go in and out of style and Pastels are definitely “in” again. The specific shades of the pastel color spectrum may be one of the few differences in their reappearance into popular use. Pastel backgrounds were mainly physical wallpaper in previous decades, but now, a solid way to keep yourself productive and centered in your digital space using a pastel background image.

Pastel Colors - Spectrum and Shades

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Back in the 1950’s pastels were all over the place. People wore pastel-colored clothing, decorated the whole house in pastel color shades – from the bedroom to the bathroom, and even bought all the kitchen appliances to match.

Then in the 1980’s decade (another period of luxury), pastels came back stronger than ever. The return was motivated in part by the rise of the preppy style in the middle-class circles in society.

And since 2010 or so, pastels have raged back again, this time perhaps most pronounced within the world of digital design. Pastels are particularly well suited to any website or app that has large empty spaces to fill because they are easy on the eyes and produce comforting feelings in a world full of distraction and agitation.


Types of imagery and stock photography, based on Pastel Backgrounds you can find above:

  • Stock Pictures / Pics
  • Royalty-free Vectors
  • Illustrations / Cartoons
  • Wallpapers / Backgrounds
  • Abstract Patterns
  • Isolated / Green Screens
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