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Pastel Colors Say Spring Has Sprung
These Easter eggs are colored in a variety of light or pastel colors.

These Easter eggs are colored in a variety of light or pastel colors.

© Jacci Howard Bear
Easter generally falls in April (or sometimes late March). It heralds the start of Spring when the new leaves are starting to appear on the trees, the grass is beginning to turn green again.

What Are Pastel Colors

In art, pastels are a specific type of medium, usually in stick form. They are colors with low saturation but not necessarily the light, delicate colors we think of as pastel colors. In general use, pastel refers to any low saturation, light, or subdued color. The most common pastels are light shades of blue, pink, green, yellow, and lavender (light purple). Also, light orange or coral colors and light shades of turquoise are pastel Easter colors.

What is the Symbolism of Pastel Easter Colors

Pastel colors are considered Springtime colors. They symbolize rebirth, new growth, and new beginnings.
  • Yellow is joy, happiness. Yellow is the sun shining on a clear, Spring day.
    Lemon | Hex #FFF700 | RGB 255,247,0
    Light Yellow | Hex #FFFFE0 | RGB 255,255,224
  • Green represents hope, birth, renewal. It is grass and leaves turning green again, new plants emerging.
    Spring Green | Hex #00FF7F | RGB 0,255,127
    Mint | Hex #BDFCC9 | RGB 189,252,201
  • Pink is a fresh beginning, a healthy new start, and playfulness.
    Pink | Hex #FFC0CB | RGB 255,192,203
  • Orange represents the dawn of a new day, a new season.
    Light Salmon | Hex #FFA07A | RGB 255,160,122
  • Light Purples like Lavender suggest something special.
    Lavender | Hex #B57EDC | RGB 181,226,220
    Plum | Hex #DDA0DD | RGB 221,160,221
    [explore pastel shades of lilac and violet too]
  • Blue is the color of the sky and of water. It suggests peace and harmony. It's a clear blue sky and the rain that brings forth the new Spring growth.
    Sky Blue | Hex #87CEEB | RGB 135,206,235
    [explore more light shades of blue]
    Robin Egg Blue | Hex #00CCCC | RGB 0,204,204
    Turquoise | Hex #40E0D0 | RGB 64,224,208

The colors described here are typical pastel Easter colors. Use these colors or colors like them to suggest Easter and Springtime. When using light colors like these, it's good to mix in a darker, brighter, or more saturated color here and there to provide contrast and to avoid looking washed-out.

Pastel Color Palettes

Here are a selection of pastel palettes I've picked out from the huge selection over at COLOURlovers.com. These are from a search on the term "Easter" with this small group full of pastel or pale colors. Browse the full selection for some brighter purples, chocolate bunny colors, and candy colored palettes.
  • Appropriately named, Easter Colors are very traditional pastel shades of blue, green, yellow, pink and light purple.
  • Pastel Easter Eggs has a lighter blue and green and the pinker (or redder) light purple.
  • For something a touch brighter Happy Easter replaces blue and yellow with tangerine and two shades of green, one very pale.
  • For a palette of easter blues and greens with a light yellow try Easter Egg Hunt.

The Colors of Easter Pages:

  1. The Colors of Easter
  2. this page
  3. Christian Easter Colors

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