Photography: Donna Griffith | Story: Feminine Glam House
It's as if the girly-girl-turned-cool-girl hue heard the rumours about it being on its way out and refused to take a final bow before unveiling its full fanciful potential.
The washroom at the Style at Home office used to be fantastically retro. Pale pink square tiles covered the walls and were teamed with a burgundy countertop that matched burgundy stalls that matched burgundy floor tiles. Last year, it was upgraded with modern elements in "soothing" earth-tone hues, and even though it looks cleaner and sleeker, I prefer the former. You see, our old one, being so out-dated, was fun, kitschy and completely on trend. (Before I continue, in case our higher-ups are reading this, I feel the need to say that our new washroom upgrade is lovely, and we really appreciate it. I may prefer the look of the old one, but the new lighting makes me feel much better about myself, so thank you.)
Our pretty pink washroom acted as a between-tasks shot of espresso for our eyes — a welcome visual treat for those of us who spend every hour of every workday at a grey fabric-clad cubicle. What's more, the delightfully monochrome space reminded me of some of the spaces I loved most as a child, like my grandmother's powder room — which was steeped in blush, right down to her shaggy toilet cover and matching rug — and my Barbie mansion, and Catwoman's dreamy apartment in Batman Returns.
Why are these — dare I say — tacky spaces so appealing? There's a level of comfort offered by a space that's been decked, even in a chintzy way, with pinkish layers. “It’s comforting because it has inherent warmth,” says interior designer and fellow pink-everything advocate Christine Dovey. “I believe people are drawn to it because it’s one of those colours that makes everything that surrounds it look its best.” And as proven by my Instagram feed, Christine and I aren't the only ones who find such all-pink spaces so alluring.
Despite the fact that Millennial Pink has been on the scene for a while now and its shelflife as a trend should be coming to an end, the colour is making appearances that are bolder than ever before. It seems to be impossible to scroll through Instagram and not come across a pink-focused space. "Pink is here to stay because it’s the perfect neutral,” says Christine. “It works with every other colour but also, unlike some other neutrals, has a lot of personality and adds some edge to any space.”
Here, rooms that’ll inspire you to go (even more) bold with your favourite colour, because it’s clear it has some serious staying power.
Slim Aarons photographed actress Joan Collins with a pink pooch in an all-pink room, and designer Diane von Furstenberg was photographed in an all-pink boudoir that was equal parts 70s- and Marie Antoinette-inspired. “You can use pink in a maximalist way by just going for it in a tone on tone, monochrome way,” says Christine.
“I love seeing a room that is almost completely done in pink...pink carpet, walls, furniture, art etc.,” says Christine. Traditional elements like gold antique hardware, fancy trims, crystal chandeliers and floral motifs pair well with pink walls, rugs and upholstered furniture.
Elite, members-only spaces
“I still love pink on walls...or as upholstery in a very modern, sculptural chair,” says Dovey. At Annabel’s, the member’s only club in London, England, rooms are decked with pink prints and textures in a dreamy (and way-to—‘’grammable) fashion. Not ready to go this wild in your home? “Artwork in these shades is a great way to introduce pink to a space.”
The colour is no longer reserved for feminine spaces—it’s now used throughout the house, and that includes the kitchen. “I definitely think pink has become more unisex,” says Christine. “Just as blue is universal and incorporated in masculine and feminine spaces, I love seeing pink used in spaces that are otherwise, decidedly not feminine.”
As much as Christine loves pink, there’s one shade she’s been vocal about being sick of. “I’d love to see the more bubblegum shades be replaced with pinks that have strong grey or taupe undertones,” she says. Judging by the rooms below, which feature walls, trims and doors painted in the same dusty rose, we’d say Christine's definitely on to something.