I thought I’d write a post about five ways to decorate with pink, as I’m starting to see it more and more in beautiful homes. Pink doesn’t have to be over the top girly, or newborn baby sweet, and it definitely doesn’t have to be pepo-bismol intense. In fact it can be very sophisticated and classy when used appropriately. This ain’t your teenagers pink!
I’m seeing grey-ed out pinks or light pinks in a lot of Scandinavian style homes. It brings warmth to the otherwise sparse room. Plus my bohemian design influences (which grow by the day!) would like to point out that bright pink is never boring and decidedly cheery. And my traditional side, which would almost never use pink, does appreciate the fact that the color is an eye-opener in any room.
Pink, like it or not, is at least captivating when used in interior design. So, if you’re like me and have never used it before, how do you incorporate pink in your home?
1. Consider the hue.
Look for ‘dusty’ pinks. Dusty pinks range from just taking the edge off of a bright pink by incorporating a little gray to barely-there pink (like the chair pictured below). These shades look a bit more sophisticated and might blend easier with your current decor. Pale pinks are also a good choice if you’re looking for just a hint of the color.
2. Start small.
You don’t have to paint your whole house pink in order to enjoy the color! Get a pink lamp (like this one from Jana Bek Design) or a pink throw pillow (like this one from Caitlin Wilson Design). Lately, my favorite pink accessory is a kilim rug (like this one from NuLoom). None of these accessories are large or break the bank, so it’s a good way to ease into the color!
3. Be Careful.
For a clean, contemporary look don’t use pink with a lot of other colors. This hue stands best on its own without a large cast of supporting colors. Pink pairs best with neutrals, especially white and grey. To play it safe, use the 60, 30, 10 rule with 60% of the space white, 30% grey (or another neutral), and 10% pink.
4. Claim Your Space
For every ‘man room’ out there, I’ve seen just as many ‘girl boss’ offices. And oh my gosh are they beautiful! Claim your home workspace with a dash (or paint bucket full!) of pink. Bonus – it’s an energizing color so you should feel extra good about using the hue.
5. The Element of Surprise
Pink is not the most common color in home decor, so when it’s used, it is already a bit of a surprise. It’s surprise element makes it already fun to work with. Not feeling like you can commit to pink curtains in a living space? No problem, try using it in an entry hall where you don’t spend much time, or a smaller space like a half bathroom.
My favorite shade of pink is more of a dusty, slightly off-pink shown in the Pantone swatch below. I hope this helps!