The Best Blush Pink Paint Shades

There’s nothing sugary sweet about this subtle yet sophisticated hue – here’s how to work it...

We've found six of the best blush pink paint shades, and when, where and how to use them.

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... Creating a restful bedroom with its cool, soothing undertone.

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... Pairing with contemporary or vintage florals in the bedroom.

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... North-facing rooms as it has a soft warm undertone.

‘This pink can work beautifully in north- or south-facing rooms,’ says Clare Tilbrook, co-founder, Fenwick & Tilbrook. ‘A peachier neutral pink will add warmth to a north-facing room, but is still soft enough to work in the warmer light of a south-facing room.’

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... Brightening spaces that have little natural light.

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... An east-facing room as it will enhance the pink, warm tone.

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... Hanging pictures on, however they are framed.

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HOW TO DECORATE WITH BLUSH PINK PAINT

We spoke to the paint experts to find the best ways to decorate with the above best blush pink paint...

SOUTH FACING VS NORTH FACING

‘In a south-facing room use neutral pink with other neutrals; taupes, greys and layered whites. Too much light can overwhelm neutral colours if you team with statement shades,’ says Annie Sloan. ‘In a north-facing room, do the opposite. Juxtapose neutral pink with brights to stop it becoming too grey and faded.’

TEAM WITH TERRACOTTA

‘For a contemporary twist, team neutral pink with earthy terracotta and shades of clay for an on-trend tonal look,’ says Paula Taylor, colour and trends specialist, Graham & Brown. ‘Another great pairing is with emerald green. It’s wonderfully decadent and complements the current Bauhaus revival.’

‘The best colours to combine with a neutral pink are deep browns,’ says Joa Studholme, colour curator, Farrow & Ball. ‘A neutral pink on the walls and ceiling with a stronger tone on the joinery creates a understated space in which to rest and regenerate.’

Neutral pink with brown creates a restful space. In north-facing rooms, juxtapose with bright shades.

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USE DIFFERENT INTENSITIES

‘Using colours from the same spectrum in different intensities gives texture, depth and a sense of lavishness to a space,’ says Annie Sloan, founder, Annie Sloan. ‘Try deep burnt red to create a sophisticated tonal palette with a lot of warmth.’

CONTRAST WITH GREEN

‘To introduce a splash of colour while maintaining a pared-back look, try touches of green in pale or mid tones,’ says Helen Shaw, UK director, Benjamin Moore. ‘These shades feel restorative and breathe a sense of life into a cool room.’

This versatile pink adds crispness and modernity to whites and creates a soothing backdrop for natural tones, particularly olive greens and earthy browns:

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GIVE PINK MORE EDGE WITH CHARCOAL

‘To make neutral pink look edgy, try adding touches of black or charcoal in fine outlines on the wall, woodwork or in furniture,’ says Judy Smith, colour consultant, Crown. ‘Black brings this soft tone into focus and makes it look fresh and modern.’

PAIR WITH WOOD FOR A SCANDI VIBE

In keeping with the Scandi trend, neutral pink pairs beautifully with natural wood,’ says Sue Kim, senior colour designer, Valspar. ‘The rich tones of natural wood help to warm up cooler shades of powdery pinks.’