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Pastel sticks in a variety of colors
Common connotations

Pastels or pastel colors belong to a pale family of colors, which, when described in the HSV color space, have high value and low saturation.[1][2] They are named after an artistic medium made from pigment and solid binding agents, similar to crayons. Pastel sticks historically tended to have lower saturation than paints of the same pigment, hence the name of the color family. The colors of this family are usually described as "soothing."[3] Pastel colors are common in the kawaii aesthetic.

Pink, mauve,[4] and baby blue[5] are commonly used pastel colors, as well as mint green, peach, periwinkle, and lavender.

In fashion

A form of goth style called pastel goth adds pastel colors to the usually monochrome palette of gothic fashion.[6][7]


Examples of pastels in HEX-code
   fea3aa   f8b88b   faf884   
   baed91   b2cefe   f2a2e8   



  1. ^ Gilbert, Beverly Ash (2009). Beaded Colorways: Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books. p. 13. ISBN 9781600613180. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Whitaker, Jerry C. (1996). "Principles of Light, Vision, and Photometry". In Whitaker, Jerry C. (ed.). The Electronics Handbook. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press. p. 85. ISBN 9780849383458. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Clark, Sally (2003). House Beautiful Magazine (ed.). House Beautiful Color: Bright Ideas for Every Room. New York: Sterling Publishing Company. p. 27. ISBN 9781588162519. OCLC 61439232. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  4. ^ McCarthy, Michael; Felicity O'Dell (2002). English Vocabulary in Use (Advanced). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 154. ISBN 9780521653978. OCLC 49550686. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Weber, Jeanette (1990). Clothing: Fashion, Fabrics, Construction. McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 9780026401616.
  6. ^ Julie Gerstein (August 14, 2014). "How To Be A Pastel Goth". Buzzfeed.
  7. ^ Jessie Peterson (October 28, 2014). "22 ITEMS FOR YOUR PASTEL GOTH STARTER KIT". MTV.