The meaning behind pastel green

Use a pastel green color scheme to add retro or spring-inspired vibes to your designs.

About the color

Pastel green is a subdued, delicate shade of green. It’s a combination of blue and yellow, with a pinch of white that softens the original green’s brightness. The hex code for pastel green is #77DD77.

Pastel green got its color name from a drawing material made of powdered paint and binder. They are usually made in the form of sticks and have low-saturated shades. Although pastels are frequently associated with children’s naive paintings, famous artists, like Edgar Degas, Pierre-August Renoir, and Pablo Picasso used them widely.

Different shades of pastel were also in vogue during the Rococo era. Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was such a passionate adherent of pastel shades that they became an integral part of the Rococo aesthetic

Later, pastels had another wave of popularity in post-World War II. The 1950s were a time of economic growth, exuberance, and colorful pastel interior designs. Light pink bathrooms, pastel green kitchens, cream bedrooms you could see an entire palette of pastel colors in one house. The symbolism behind such colorfulness represented the triumph of life after severe war for years. In fact, modern architects, interior, and graphic designers still find inspiration in this aesthetic

Type Value
HEX #77dd77
RGB 119, 221, 119
CMYK 0.46, 0, 0.46, 0.13

Application in design

Pastel green is a gender-neutral tint, so brands can use it for different purposes. For example, you can make it a background color or use pastel green for accents. 

Combine this color with other pastel shades to revive the retro aesthetic of the 1950s in your designs. Use it with neutral tints, like grey, cream, ivory, or nude to add a sense of calmness and sophistication to your visuals.

As the color meaning behind pastel green frequently refers to renewal, use it with white and other shades of green. Also, experiment with the pastel green’s complementary hue lilac. This color combination is perfect for creating romantic, spring-inspired designs. 

Avoid using pastel green with vivid colors, like blue, orange, or red, as it might look washed out next to them. 

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