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10 ways to decorate with pink

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10 ways to decorate with pink

Image: Donna Griffith

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10 ways to decorate with pink

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Discover some beautiful new ways to incorporate this dynamic hue —which happens to be one of the trendiest colours of the moment —into your home.

Pink has a reputation that precedes it. It’s little-girly. It’s frou frou. It’s more silly than serious. Indeed, it is sometimes some of those things and, if you’ve spent any time in a toy store recently, it’s all of those things. But it can just as readily be sophisticated, sexy and glamorous. It all depends on how you wield this wonderfully dynamic hue.

The most recent era when pink was hugely dominant as an interior design colour was the 1980s. Dusty rose, as some might recall, was a staple shade everywhere, from bedroom walls to bathroom tiles to doctors’ waiting rooms. Then of course came the inevitable backlash, which arguably persists today. Pink is still on many people’s list of interior design don’ts, but more and more, we’re seeing it crop up in fine, seductively swish interiors. Is it best to decorate with a judicious hint of pink, or to go for big and bold? Here are some beautiful ways to decorate with pink. You be the judge!

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Decorating with pink

In the bedroom

Dark pink paired with white looks fresh, modern and a little sexy, especially in the bedroom. Go for it in a small way, like opting for a quilt stitched in contrasting dark pink like this bedding, or go full-tilt by pairing it with a hot-pink upholstered headboard. 

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Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Dwell Studio

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In the office

An unexpected but fun place to add pink is in an office. "I wanted a pretty place where I could be inspired," explains Monika Hibbs, a popular lifestyle blogger. In her office, pink seems to rule but it’s really just added in a few choice accessories.

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Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Tracy Ayton

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In the kitchen

If you have any notion that pink is silly and lightweight, the grandeur of this room will disabuse you of that in one fell stroke. The use of pink here is fashion-forward and dramatic. Wallpaper is framed in panels to flank the large window, which is dressed with hand-painted silk drapery.

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Donna Griffith

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Teamed with yellow

Bet you never thought of mixing pink with yellow — but you can, and the results can look stunning. In this room, hot pink and nearly-neon yellow play nicely together. Note that only a few items impart a burst of pink. If you swapped them for, say, cream, the look would be entirely muted.

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Donna Griffith

Decorating with pink

Done coastal style

Beach style is nearly always a combo of white and blue. Very elegant, very safe. That’s why we love the unexpected pink in this setting. Here, it’s switched up with tie-dye pink for a flirty Hawaiian feel. A pink ombre capiz shell chandelier from PB Teen tops off the look.

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: PBTeen

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In a reading nook

So you want to be daring but you don’t want to spend a fortune? Paint is the way to go. In a room with this much architectural character, a bright pink wall is sumptuous, luxurious, and puts us in mind of a swish manor in England. 

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Virginia Macdonald

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On the table

While pink drinkware brings to mind the icky acrylic tumblers of the 1980s, when it’s made of glass it evokes the entertaining etiquette of a genteel Victorian-era dining room. 

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Anthropologie

Decorating with pink

In the way of blooms

Petal pink has a girlish reputation, but it adds a warmth, calmness and depth to a living room, as seen here in this apartment. Flowers, though they seem like such a small touch, really add oomph and happiness to any space, not to mention a jolt of vivacious colour. 

Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: Virginia Macdonald

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On the floor

Think pink can't come in the form of a large item and still look chic? Pink can, so long as it’s paired with plain walls and neutral extras. 

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Image by: Style at Home By: Helen Racanelli Source: West Elm

 

Try painting a statement wall or piece of furniture pink with one of our favourite shades of pink by BEHR®:

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Noble Blush MQ4-04, Stolen Kiss MQ3-34, Strawberry Wine MQ4-02.

 

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