Pink rooms can bring warmth and cosiness, lightness and prettiness or drama and character to a home, depending on the shade chosen and the patterns and colours that are used with it.
From the pale blush and crepe pink shades at one end of the spectrum, through mid-range coral, watermelon and rose and out to the bold-as-brass fuchsias, strawberry, magenta at the other, pink is an enormously versatile shade that can be used successfully in any room.
Modern schemes don’t have to be limited to the neon brights of shocking pink and hot pink. Many contemporary designs use paler shades of champagne pink or cherry blossom pink as a new neutral that injects ultra chic interiors with something a little warmer than the more obvious off-whites. Combined with bold patterns and contrasting greens and blues, these looks are exciting and full of possibilities.
Country-style rooms will often channel pinks in the form of classic florals, but look too for ditsy florals with smaller scale patterns that can be teamed with stripes or polka dots for a more contemporary take on classic country styles. Use pale pinks with other soft shades for light, airy room schemes with a charming welcoming feel.
While pink is often an obvious choice for girls’ rooms and bedrooms, it can be a truly inspired option for other rooms in the home. A co-ordinated hit of pink on fabrics and accessories can provide a cheerful first impression in the hallway. Pale pink walls in living and dining rooms can provide a fresh, contemporary backdrop to ultramodern furnishings, patterns and materials, while in the bathroom pink can replace the clinical coldness of an all-white scheme with something softer and pleasing to the eye.
Pink living room with ultra modern furniture and lighting (pictured)
Use baby pink as the backdrop to a stunning ultra chic scheme. A tropical mix of palm prints, gold and glass is the key to this gorgeous living room. A smart wallpaper used to dado height showcases the sofa in front and the wonderful insect-design rug beyond, but its the magnificent pendant light that steals the show.
Set up a welcome in a plain hallway with cheering florals and hits of blue and pink. The classic rose floral fabric brings a country feel to this entrance space, while a white-painted spindleback chair features hits of cornflower blue and sports a blue and pink bobble-trimmed cushion.
It’s not always easy to make an open-plan space feel relaxed and homely, but this kitchen with adjacent living area uses colour and pattern to do just that. The fabulous range cooker with oven doors in baby pink is the starting point for a fun take on colour and pattern. A pink and red table lamp, geometric print upholstery, striped cushions, pink and red rugs, bold artwork and even floating silver balloons all turn a plain whitewashed space into a fun place for work and play.
You don’t have to decorate with pink to benefit from its effect. In practical spaces, such as a utility room, choose pink for a single piece of furniture or appliance and it can totally transform the feel. Just looking at this baby pink fridge freezer makes you instantly happy.
Pink might not be an obvious choice for a dining room, which tends to shy away from pastel tones. Team it with deeper hits of cerise, raspberry and jewel-bright crimson and you have yourself a wonderfully vibrant entertaining space that your guests will love. In this smart room, the pinks and reds are counterbalanced by a grounding green that keeps the look grown up. Cloth and runner, blind and border lead the way against blush pink walls.
For a traditional scheme, keep your pinks pale as pale can be and temper solid pastels with a the gentlest hint of pattern. This wonderful living room scheme features painted walls and a chimney breast in toning wallpaper with a leaf print design. Sofa covers are an exact match to walls, while scatter cushions and curtains offer nature-themed patterns of their own. White woodwork and a gold overmantel mirror keep the pink measured and classy.
Pink and black are a sassy combination that brings a lively and vibrant feel to a home office – perfect for an inspiring work space. Pink walls come to the fore thanks to matching books, cushions and throws. Meanwhile the white and neutral elements of the room help to showcase the black furniture, blind and padded wall.
Create a pink bedroom by using the shade for bed linen. The bed is such a large centrepiece feature of a bedroom that the bedding can lead a decorating scheme. In this cosy space, the easy mix of blush pinks and pale creams, of linen, silk and seersucker with hits of get black make this a pink bedroom even though the panelled walls are whiter than white. Wall-hung cushion pads sport dark botanical florals.
Keep control of pink in a girl’s bedroom and it can be stylish rather than overwhelming. Instead of going for solid hits of colour, keep walls and floors neutral and stick to checks and polka dots, limiting solid pink to the palest of shades. In this lovely bedroom, the mix of pattern and plains is perfectly poised with darker fuchsia plains only featuring on two pieces, a small scatter cushion and desk chair.
Chair and footstool fabric
Freeing up a bathroom to colour and untiled walls can be a revelation. The gentle mix of putty pink and lemon, of spot towels in pink and blue give this bathroom a decorative freedom normally enjoyed by the other rooms of the home. An oversized storm lantern and mobile storage are lovely touches not normally associated with bath time.