Spare your blushes: How to Decorate with Pink

This pretty hue packs a punch when creating a sophisticated scheme with a hint of romance..

At first blush, this season’s pink pickings might seem somewhat clichéd – after all, pink and spring go hand in hand. But look again. Pink has grown up, trading its sweet reputation for a more muted, sophisticated and earthy look.

‘There is an exciting duality to grown-up pink – it’s soft and delicate, yet strong and composed,’ says Paula Taylor, colour and trend specialist at Graham & Brown. The upshot is a calm, cocooning shade that’s excellent for bedrooms and living rooms, indeed for any room where you want a serene feel.

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‘The warming undertones of grown-up pink are particularly suited to north- or west-facing rooms, which typically see less light,’ advises
Jane Rockett, co-founder of Rockett St George. ‘In these spaces, cooling tones of crisp white, light blue and bright green can feel impersonal.’

If you’ve gone for a muted palette throughout your home, start using grown-up pink in small areas, such as a cloakroom or the inside of a cupboard. ‘An island or kitchen table in this shade is a total game changer,’ says Farrow & Ball’s colour curator Joa Studholme. ‘It will bring warmth and depth to the centre of the room without closing it in.’

It’s best to avoid clean whites with grown-up pink, as they may wash out the space. Stick to warmer neutrals, such as tones of grey that will add depth, or dial up the drama with touches of charcoal, emerald green or black.

INSPIRING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PINK

soft And strong

A subtle and harmonious pink creates the perfect backdrop for dark furnishings.

Broderie emulsion, £35 for 2.5L, Rockett St George.

Harness the power

Although some might say our new Sulking Room Pink has a feminine aesthetic, and it will no doubt be a favourite for bedrooms, it can also be  used on kitchen cabinets, particularly combined with darks such as Paean Black and Railings for a strong look,’ says Joa Studholme, colour  curator at Farrow & Ball.‘The more darks you combine with this pink, the more bohemian it feels; combining it with mahogany woodwork will create a dramatic impact.’

Sulking Room Pink estate emulsion, £46.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball.

HOW TO USE PINK

Rooms decorated in grown-up pink are calm and comforting to be in,’ says Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux.  ‘Pink is a colour that works best with friends, so unless you’re decorating a compact bedroom or bathroom, it’s worth experimenting with small amounts and zones of pink rather than going full immersion on four walls.

BEST PINK PAINT COLOURS

BEST PINK PAINT FOR A VINTAGE LOOK

Rosie Posie claypaint, £40 for 2.5L, Earthborn.

‘Grown-up pink is super versatile, and pairing it with natural, earthy colours creates a warm, welcoming palette,’ says Earthborn’s marketing manager and colour expert Cathryn Helsby. ‘At Earthborn, we’d vote for the yellow/pink modern decor partnership. Alternatively, balance grown-up pink with chalky charcoals to create a chic, striking contrast.

BEST PINK PAINT FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY WASHABLE FINISH

Confetti intelligent matt emulsion, £48.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene.

BEST PINK PAINT FOR AN ON-TREND NO-SHINE LOOK

Pashmina matt emulsion, £18 for 2.5L, Crown.

BEST PINK PAINT FOR ADDING WARMTH

Pink Perfection premium blend v700 walls & ceilings, £28 for 2.5L, Valspar.

Looking for the perfect partner? ‘Pink and green occur together all the time in nature, creating beautiful and impactful scenes,’says Dominic Myland, managing director of Mylands. ‘Teaming our Floris, which is vibrant but not too sweet, with a bold emerald green makes for a dramatic scheme. A gentle pink paired with tan creates cosiness and warmth; it also partners well with greys for a more sophisticated feel.’

BEST PINK PAINT FOR A PRETTY YET SOPHISTICATED SCHEME

Floris marble matt emulsion, £46 for 2.5L, Mylands.

Think pink for modern industrial style. ‘Using grown-up pink alongside rugged materials can add an unexpected twist to an  otherwise understated colour scheme,’ says Paula Taylor, colour and trend specialist at Graham & Brown. ‘Concrete, marble and metal accents can  be balanced by the tone, and rooms that receive little sunlight will feel warmed.

BEST PINK PAINT FOR BRIGHTENING A MODERN DECOR

Ellie matt emulsion, £38 for 2.5L, Graham & Brown.

Find more ideas on How to decorate with pale pink. 

And why restrict grown-up pink to walls? If you’re feeling confident, go all out in a small space, such as a guest room or bathroom, and paint the woodwork and ceiling, too.

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