4 reasons to fall in love with pink

Could pink be the new grey?

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Could this powdery shade of blush or nude pink ever really compete with the place that grey has in our hearts? It's a bold claim, but maybe we can sway you over to the sweet side; this versatile shade fits any style, country, smart, contemporary or designer.

1. Cool and contemporary

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Classic Poplar Wood Shutters in Little Greene pink slip Custom Colour Paint, from £177m2, California Shutters

As if we don't love monochrome or contemporary Scandi style enough, along comes rose pink to keep it looking fresh and make us fall in love all over again! Accessories are aplenty from the likes of Danish brands Bloomingville or Ferm Living but these shutters are a creative and playful addition.

living room with muuto connect rose sofa cushions and coffee table

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Connect sofa steel cut trio 2, 515 fabric, from £2,590, Muuto range, Houseology

Pink sits beautifully with other chalky pastel tones, or combine it with strong colours such as deep, inky blues, black and grey or industrial finishes like concrete and zinc to take it from pretty to pretty cool!

2. Country charmer

chichester 4ft open rack dresser in peppercorn pink

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Chichester 4ft open rack dresser in Peppercorn Pink from £1,695, Neptune

How's this for a statement, even if country style isn't your cup of rosie lee, it's impossible not to be taken by this striking dresser. Demonstrating how shell pink works perfectly with pale or weathered wood and rustic white ceramics.

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Cushion covers from £14 in Plum, Rose and White, The Linen Works

This soft shade shows off the texture of beautifully crumpled linen.

3. Hot metallics

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On walls Light Rose 91, from £39 for 2.5 litres of Matt Emulsion, Sanderson; Kant light kit in Copper, Silver and Brass, from £45 each, Grace & Glory.
" Happily Ever After"; "Better Together"; "You're The One I Want To Find", £42 each framed,
More Than Words at Not On The High Street; Piet mirror, £215, Graham & Green

Yet another reason to love pink is that it complements metallics so well.
Shades of pink with a touch of lilac or grey creates a gorgeously warm back drop to both shiny and beaten brass.

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Classic chaise petite in Modici Velvet, Blush, £899; Mayfield side table, £279, mirrors from a selection at Marks & Spencer from £59, all Marks & Spencer

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Peggy armchair in Dusty Rose, £560, Sofa.com

Live la vie en rose by pairing pink with copper, it's right at home thanks to those rose gold tones in the metal. Add an elegant twist with luxurious textures like velvet, curvy, vintage style mirrors and bundles of blousy florals.

4. Play with paint

It's time to take a step out of that grey box (quite literally!). Whilst grey has become the safest neutral option for walls, if soft furnishings, the sofa or bedlinen are all in grey too, you might start to crave a little colour in your life. It's the perfect partner for pretty much any tone of grey and a subtle complement for white.

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For similar paint try Rose theatre from Mylands or Pink Ground from Farrow & Ball. Coast 3 seater sofa in Ivory, £1,089, French Connection at DFS

For a modern on magnolia, try a tiny hint of pink on the walls. If you go for pink with tones of brown it creates a soft contrast against fresh white creating a mink or taupe tone. Combine with rustic wood and neutral accessories for a gentle introduction to pink.

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Shower fixtures and fittings, ON range, at Zucchetti.Kos

Pink isn't just for little girls rooms, ever thought of trying it in a bathroom? It works wonders with sleek, contemporary bathroom fittings, urban grey and powder coated metal lighting.

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Paint: background Seldom Seen, geometric shape Honey Fever, headboard section Lunch Date, all Crown

Double up on trend points with blush pink and paint effects. Experiment with zoned areas or geometric shapes using a palette of pastels.

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