Pretty in Pink

Even though I don’t consider myself a girly girl, I find I’m gravitating to so many rooms with pink walls.  Why is it that our society has deemed pink to be girly, anyway?  The majority of these rooms don’t scream “female” to me.  They are chic, subtle, soft and a great backdrop for color or black & white.  I suppose I think of pink as a softer neutral.  Tell me right now a color that clashes with pale pink.

House & Garden as found here

FullHouse/ Christina Brian

I think the key with pink (any color actually) is picking the right hue.  Not many people can pull off a Windsor Smith bubble-gum pink living room.    Electric is very tricky, whereas soft can be a lovely backdrop with other pops in the room.  Usually when I’m picking pinks, I find a shade I like and then select its quieter sister.  Everything looks darker on the wall.  I have yet to paint my own bedroom walls, but I assure you, many samples will be tested out!

  1. I am having a heart attack over that first shot. Was that ceiling carved by the gods?! And I too, have been drawn to pink, coral, peachy colors so much lately. It seems like such a finicky color, like I’m afraid I will feel completely different about it in 5 years, which makes me super hesitant to actually bust out a can of it and paint walls. I’m a wuss.

  2. Kecia

    I adore pink walls! (Just did a post on them myself last week!) I used to have a pink kitchen when I was single and loved it! Am married now and would still love a pink room, but don’t think I can get away with it now. 🙂


  3. I think I’m the same as you – never been much of a girly-girl but I’m finding pink is becoming one of the my favourite colours for interiors! Lovely images!

  4. I’m on a pink kick right now. I should probably slow down before my house starts to resemble a Barbie’s mansion.

  5. I want a pink room bad. I did manage to get my cheapo pink drapes from IKEA though. It’s something.

  6. Happy summer! I love the Windsor Smith Bubble-gum pink living room! I loved keeping up with your blog! Love, Jamie Herzlinger

  7. Thanks, Nigel. I’ve tried some barely there pinks and found it wasn’t enough of an impact that I want for my room. Scouting out pale corals now!

    And yes, purple is my least favorite color so I agree that I’m not inclined to mix it with pink.

  8. nigel

    I painted my guest room a super-light pink, and as soon as it was up, I wished it were a warmer tone. In case this helps you…

    As for whether any colors clash with pale pink: I wear a lot of pink, and in general, the only color I don’t like with pink is any hue of purple. Pink and purple is kind of ridiculous. 🙂

  9. nkp

    I agree, pink has a bad rap for being girly and childish. Clearly, it’s not! We painted the ceiling in our bedroom Martha Stewart’s Pink Sea Salt and I love that color beyond words! I think I need a little more pink in my house, as well.

    And don’t forget about this ultimate, fab pink room. It’s one of my all time favorites!!!

  10. Erin

    Soft browny pinks are easy to live with, although I keep hearing about wild aster, which seems like it may be right up your alley…

    Love the idea of a sunny pink room!

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