The time has come to think pink or rethink pink, anyway. Once the preserve of girls’ bedrooms and boudoir looks, petal pink are now the colours du jour for any room. Give your room a pink makeover without picking up a paintbrush or mixing any wallpaper paste. Just start with an all-white backdrop, and then add a piece of wall art like this digital photo mural. You could get a similar effect with a gallery of white-framed rose prints or a series of oversized canvases. Take the look from girly to glam with a white crystal-droplet chandelier.
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Subtle white-grey walls and hits of wood and metal are fitting foils for vivid and blush pink accents. A wall of storage with cubbyhole-style shelving creates an interesting focal point in this symmetrical scheme. Pick a dark raspberry, a mid-toned bubblegum pink and a light blossom tone and use them behind alcove shelves. Leave a big gap between each shelf so you can display large frames and pretty trinkets. Finish off the look by choosing one thing that will tie everything together. In this space, the paints and accessories have been matched to the sofa.
Combine the relaxed feel of country with the elegance of a traditional French look. Give it a slightly faded, vintage air and throw in some quirky details and you’ve got brocante style. The key to achieving this look is to mix up elegant and rustic painted wood furniture in white or pastel shades. This sugar pink is sweet, not sickly. Give knick-knacks a pretty backdrop by papering the inside of a shelf unit or cabinet with a lace-effect wallpaper.
From soft blush pastels to upbeat corals and richer tones of raspberry, fuchsia and cerise, these versatile shades can be used to create a sense of romance, sophistication or fun. Less is more, so think petal pinks as an accent and use no more than three tonal shades in your palette. Use white as the base. It’s the colour that sets off any pink to its best advantage and other colours are hard to mix with petal tones without looking garish. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with your selection. Channel the 1950s pink-poodle style with gorgeously fleecy rugs in an unexpected flamingo hue.
Think pink is just for little girls? Think again! Use the right shade and it will make any room look fresh, modern and really very grown-up. Banish all thoughts of pink velour tracksuits – we’re not talking chav, but sophisticated and sexy. A brightly coloured bath is all it takes to transform a room from staid to stunning.
If you think pink is best suited to country schemes, check out this contemporary bedroom. Used in a subtle way, pink can look equally good in a modern setting. Create luxe lines by combining Grecian, Egyptian and Moorish motifs then unite them with coppery, glamorous base notes. Suit the mood to the room if it’s north-facing, go for richer, warmer tones (think tropical, hot pinks); south facing will suit cool pinks such as pale rose, baby pink and blush shades.
Give hard lines a soft, feminine edge with floaty trimmings in delicate pastel hues. For special occasions or simply if you dare to be different, a tented ceiling is definitely a talking point. Here, stripy lilac and cream fabric has been draped to a centre point, and hung with a crystal chandelier. The stripes are echoed in the wallpaper, blind, and even the cake. This dining room has an element of Mad Hatter’s tea party, and we love it!
The modern country way to work this trend is to mix blossom pink with taupe, giving it a grown-up edge. Avoid high-impact pink florals and go for gauzy designs, soft graphic leaf shapes or gentle rustic block prints on curtains and wallpapers. Add character to the living room with a statement sofa that bravely mixes the colour palette. Complement with curvaceous wooden furniture styles in pastel-painted or -washed finishes and soft furnishings with classic shapes.
Sprinkle a little spring charm over your home with cheerful cottage garden florals in a pretty pink hue – hibiscus and raspberry are great choices. Set the table for afternoon tea with ditsy tablecloths, napkins in contrasting polka dots and traditional china. Avoid using oversized florals as this will completely drown out the delicate scheme. Anchor the look with lashings of fresh foliage and vibrant florals to line the table.
A gorgeous bird-print fabric is the hero of this look. Pick out the hottest pink from the fabric’s pattern and use it (in moderation) for cushions and accessories. Just be sure to keep the rest of the backdrop plain and neutral so nothing detracts from the show-stopping fabric. Stick to a 70/30 ratio of white or ivory to pinks or your room will be more ‘Barbie’ than beautiful.