I’ve been increasingly drawn to deep pinks and pale blush shades in recent months. I love a vivid raspberry paired with classic navy, so much so I use the combination in my home office. Equally as appealing to me are shades of blush and pale rose partnered with gold, the two together are a chic and sophisticated match made in heaven.
So I was delighted when contributing writer Courtney Lake decided to tackle the topic this month in his most recent article. Please welcome back Courtney and his reflections on this often ignored color that deserves a second look.
“There is something delicious and whimsical about the color of pink yet frequently the hue is aligned with Barbie’s Dream House or romantic sunsets. There is a dichotomy to this color that can’t be ignored – it is what I think represents the best of design duality. Pink certainly has the ability to skew towards juvenile delight but also to uptown sophistication. It’s because of this dueling personality that I find it to be one of the most interesting, under-utilized, and least appreciated colors in a designer’s arsenal.
Pink is technically a tint of red – a red base that is then augmented with white, which gives unbelievable control to a designer to create the perfect intensity of color. So when a client states that he or she doesn’t like pink, I always ask them to point out what their concept of "pink" on my color wheel and without fail it either veers towards Bubble Gum or Hot Pink – both of which lean toward a younger audience.
It is only when I inform them that pink encompasses all the hues from pale pink to purple leaning magenta that they start to fully comprehend that pink can be a sense of depth, visual interest and calmness to a room that few colors can match. Keep in mind that pink plays well with other hues from blue to yellow to green, and gets along superbly with dramatic black.
Photographer Hallie Burton captured the dreamy mood of pink in this space where there’s a sense of calm from the tonal multiple hues of pink which create a design that is both sedate and sophisticated.
Designers Suzanne Kasler and Francesco Lagnese use pink as the backdrop to their mostly neutral designs. In the case of Lagnese, he employs a poppy fuchsia shade of pink to showcase his gold and lacquered black accents in a masculine way, and tempers the whole design with a healthy dose of white. Kasler uses a more subtle shade of pink in her design with a mix of natural fibers. The effect is more soft, feminine and grounding, but still unmistakably pink!
Lagnese in House Beautiful
Suzanne Kasler for House Beautiful
You may have noticed that I used the term "masculine" and “pink” in the same sentence. This is by no mistake! Aside from the fact that historically pink was the color of male nobility, it is also a great foil to modern architecture. The unexpected combination of modern lines and arches with the color makes for an unexpected pairing that can inject energy into space and make it feel less staid.
The design featured on Apartment Therapy mixes mid-century aesthetics with accents of pink in the rug, curtains and accessories. The room reads as masculine but not predictable. The design featured on Coastroad Hearth combines soaring ceilings and windows with a coral leaning shade of pink. You can tell the room had a woman’s touch with the addition of the lighting and upholstery but I am sure the man of the house feels right at home.
Designer Lindsey Harper works what is often dubbed the forbidden hue into her library design including this striking color on the millwork. Traditional built-ins are given a modern twist with a bold injection of color. Miles Redd, famous king of color partnered a vivid shade of deep pink with brass trim. If you are not that daring, then try back painting plexi panels to sit on top of your shelving or paint the rear of the bookcases instead to give your room a shot of color in a more subtle way.
Atlanta Homes Magazine, design by Lindsey Harper
Continuing with the millwork theme, San Francisco-based design Grant K. Gibson used a paler shade of pink to paint the millwork in a recent design showcase house with stunning results. The pink door and jamb beautifully outline the entry to the bathroom, creating a beautiful frame that welcomes guests.
Speaking of bathrooms, this boldly striped bathroom from Lonny Magazine screams fun and preppy before feminine. The mix of pink and orange is a vibrant choice for a bathroom and one that results in a refreshing space.
Pink is neither masculine nor feminine, juvenile or adult, traditional or modern when executed well. It is a color that easily adapts to the needs of modern design, adding fun, vitality and a beautiful background from which to build from. So the next time someone raises an eyebrow when the color pink is suggested, just remind them that they are missing out!”
Thank you Courtney for your insight on the color pink today! Catch up with Courtney at his blog Courtney Out Loud for all his food adventures and observations on great interior design.
How have you incorporated pink into your home? Have you been bold enough to add pink to walls or added bright pink accents to your decor?