By Hebe Hatton
So it would seem that pink is here to stay. After its renaissance back in 2017 with Pantone's Millennial Pink, it's stuck around, taking on a few different forms, yes, but this rosy hue has taken its place with grey, green and navy blue as the most popular colors to decorate with.
No longer just reserved for children's bedrooms and 70s bathroom suites, this new wave of pinks are stylish, versatile and a whole lot more grown-up. And because it is such a versatile shade, pink lends itself so well to being paired with other colors.
While most pinks can work in almost any color scheme, there are some shades they work best with and some loose rules when it comes to finding the best colors to go with pink. Plus, different combinations will suit different styles – a dark navy blue and deep pink works well in more contemporary spaces for example, whereas a sage green and light blush pink would have a more subtle feel.
We spoke with Sarah Spiteri, color expert and Editorial Director of Livingetc to get her tips and ideas on what colors are the best to pair with pink and how to bring these combinations into your home.
1. Pink and grey
'Mixing pink with grey is sure to create a distinctly sophisticated look. Soft pinks like Farrow & Ball Peignoir or Calamine work very well with a generous touch of grey that counteracts any potential sugariness and gives a gorgeous depth of color.' says Sarah.
And if you want to create a more edgy look with a really punchy bright, a taupey grey works really well to just slightly tone down that neon. See how in this bedroom the pops of pink work wonderfully with the eclectic style, but those warm grey walls stop all the colors and textures from overwhelming the room.
Even a single piece of grey furniture in an all pink room can prevent it from being too saccharine. Just to further ground those lighter pinks, especially if you have gone for it on all four walls as in this living room, try adding a few darker accents with black or a very dark grey.
- See also: what colors go with grey – from blush pinks and earthy reds to navy blues and sage greens
2. Pink and green
Pink and green seem to be the color combination of the moment. It's such a versatile pairing too that can have completely different vibes depending on the shades you choose. You could go soft and subtle with a sage green and pale pink or pick a bolder scheme with an emerald or olive green with a more vibrant pink.
'This combination has become incredibly popular. These colors are complementary, sitting opposite each other on the wheel, therefore the high contrast creates a vibrant look.' explains Sarah. 'It’s a combination we see a lot in nature, which is why we find it very comforting and cossetting when it comes to interiors. The emotive powers of these colors make this mix a favorite in bedrooms and bathrooms – green is restful and calming, while pink is soft and dreamy.'
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Again, as with most pink color schemes, try introducing just a few dark accents if you opt for a lighter scheme.
3. Pink and blue
Pink and blue may sound like a bold combination but this pairing definitely proves that opposites attract. And you can tone it down too – in this blue bedroom the soft pinks and light blues, plus all the white in the scheme create a very serene, calming space.
'There is a strong cultural influence in using pink and blue together - historically thought of as opposites, we use them together when we want a scheme to have impact. Soft blush and neo mint feel restorative together, breathing life into a room, while navy with fuschia is energetic and smart.' explains Sarah.
Pink and blue also lend themselves to introducing an accent color too. Sarah advises that 'if you want to introduce an accent - think back to basic color theory - add a pop of yellow you create what we call a triad scheme = which is where three colors sit in a triangle on the wheel. This is always very effective.'
4. Pink and white
A simple, subtle combination, pink and white create crisp, fresh feeling rooms that still have warmth and feel inviting. It's a combination you can't really go wrong with either as most whites will work with most pinks. However, if you are unsure, stick with a pure white as this will work with anything from baby pinks to bright fuchsia.
It's the perfect combination for a bedroom as it's such a soft and pretty pairing. You can give the space a more grown-up feel by adding some bolder patterns in rich, jewel hues as you can see in this pink bedroom. Tactile fabrics and plenty of texture will also stop and pink and white bedroom feeling too child-like (note the velvet headboard and mirrored side table used in this space).
Introducing more colors will also avoid any candy cane vibes. As you can see even just the pop of deep blue and mint greens gives this dining room more of a focus.
5. Pink and black
Pairing any shade of pink with black is instantly going to banish any sweetness and create a sophisticated, moody space. Even just a touch of black in an all-pink space will add some depth and drama.
Black works so well with pink because it balances out the vibrant, playful energy that pink often brings to a room. A vice versa, pink can add just that pop of color to an all-black room and take stop the space looking too gloomy – case in point with this bathroom.
6. Pink and yellow
What a gorgeous sunny bedroom! Despite the pink and the yellow being on the more muted side the space still feels so cheerful and fun. The blue accents balance out the warmer tones so the room feels light and fresh.
'This combination is a delightful one and can be particularly uplifting. Yellow is the color of optimism after all and pink always brings positivity to a room.' says Sarah.
'Opting for chalky dirty plaster pink and then slicing that with a zinging almost neon yellow can be very stand out. Equally an earthier ochre will create a very nourishing combination. Add natural textures such as rattan and rope for a layered look.'
- Find more: yellow living room ideas - how to do the sunshine shade stylishly
7. Pink and red
This cool color pairing gained traction in the fashion world and is now seeping into interiors. It has so many different variants too. Take the pink and red combination a step darker for a contemporary twist or team neutral pink with earthy terracotta and shades of clay for an on-trend tonal look.
'A combination of analogous colors - ie the colors to the left and right of your chosen hue on the wheel - will always create a strong color palette that’s harmonious. So for pink, that’s red and red-orange.' explains Sarah. 'These colors are close enough to each other that it doesn’t create a jarring effect when placed together. This is also why shades of pink like blush, old rose, and baby pink all go well together.'
8. Pink and orange
Similar to pink and red, pink and orange work well together because they are from the same section of the color wheel. But that doesn't mean you still can't create some really fun, bold clashes even with complementing colors.
The palest of pinks with a vivid orange creates such a fun feel to this kid's room – and of course, they would look just as stylish in a grown-up space too. Using a bold orange makes a pastel pink appear less sugary sweet and gives in more of an edge.
Coral and a dusky pink work wonderfully in this living room. The pink is almost like a neutral so despite the bold colors going in the room it doesn't feel overwhelming.
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