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Decorating with pink

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Decorating with pink


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

Dark pink bedroom

Dark pink paired with white looks fresh, modern and a little bit sexy, especially in the bedroom. You can 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. Alexandra quilt, DwellStudio, $199 USD.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Dwell Studio Credits: Style at Home

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In the office

An unexpected but totally 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 Vancouver home office, pink seems to rule but it’s really just added in a few choice accessories. A bouquet, a Moroccan-style pouf, the dustjacket of one book, the flower print on one cushion alone add enough pink to make the room feel pink without being dunked in it.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Tracy Ayton Credits: Style at Home

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Wallpaper

Damask is one of the most elegant, traditional prints going, and paired with pink, it’s just dynamite. Sure, wallpaper is a commitment but if you love the high impact of this wallpaper right now, you’ll love it for years to come. Bright pink looks charmingly regal contrasted against natural wood hues, like wooden floors. Desire Pink damask wallpaper, Graham and Brown, $75 per roll.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Graham and Brown Credits: Style at Home

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Add it with yellow

Bet you never thought of mixing pink with yellow. But you can, and the results can look stunning. You don’t need a lot of bold pink either. In this room, hot pink and nearly neon yellow play nicely together. Note that only some pillows, the flowers and a single lamp impart a huge burst of pink. If you swapped them for, say, cream or soft green, the look would be entirely muted.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

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Coastal style

Beach style, coastal style, nautical style: It’s nearly always a combo of white and blue. Very elegant, very safe. That’s why we love the totally unexpected pink so much in this setting. Here, it’s switched up with tie-dye pink for a flirty Hawaiian feel. An ombre capiz shell chandelier, in pink of course, tops off the look. Capiz chandelier, PBTeen, $253.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: PBTeen Credits: Style at Home

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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. Homeowner Christine Dovey of Oakville, Ont. framed wallpaper panels to flank the large window, which is dressed with custom-made hand-painted silk drapery created especially for Christine by designer Meredith Heron.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

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Reading nook

So you want to be daring but you don’t want to spend a fortune? As always, paint is the way to go. Yes, it is an effort and an expense to paint over it should you decide for a neutral backdrop to your furnishings, but think of the immense pleasure you’ll get from a dramatic pink wall. In a room with this much architectural character, it is sumptuous, luxurious, and puts us in mind of a swish manor in England. Fun note: This room takes centre stage in a past High/Low: Stylish boudoir

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

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Glassware

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. It will intermingle prettily with the simple clear stemware and white place settings you already own, or will heighten vintage-patterned dishware as well. We’re particularly admiring the “coupe” glass of this collection, as it recalls the true champagne glasses of yesteryear, which were shaped widely and not fluted like today’s versions. Elentina glassware, Anthropologie, from $20 USD.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Anthropologie Credits: Style at Home

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Soft pink

Petal pink has a girlish reputation, but it adds a warmth, calmness and depth to a living room, as seen here in this Toronto 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. Whites, wood tones, greys and of course, pinks play off each other in a variety of prints, textures and depths.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

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Rug

Do you harbour doubts that pink can be put into play like a neutral? Pink can, so long as it’s a soft, almost faded shade. And pink isn’t confined to a strict range of hot pink down to petal pink; it comes in shades mixed with orange such as guava and coral. And on that note, it also doesn’t have to always take centre stage, as seen in this gorgeous kilim rug where it plays a supporting role in the geometric design. Torres wool kilim rug, West Elm, $77.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home
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