‘Confetti’ paint by Little Greene
Finally I can say it out loud: I love pink. But until recently it’s been somewhat of a guilty pleasure. Because liking pink was definitely not cool (unless you were an under-seven).
How times change. It’s probably not escaped your attention that pink is having a big (HUGE) moment, both interiors and fashion-wise. (Ha! vindicated, after all these years …).
Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground in Yvonne Koné’s shop via Desire to Inspire
It all started around 2012 when pale, sophisticated blush pink appeared on the scene. And never left. Now hailed as a new contemporary ‘neutral’, blush pink is incredibly useful in interiors, either as a background or accent colour.
With its grey undertones – and when mixed with dark colours, modern metallics and natural textures – blush pink has not a hint of sugariness or girliness.
A year or two later all kinds of brighter and hotter shades of pink were having their moment too, from bold fuschia via soft rose to peachy coral. And today, in mid-2017, pink shows no sign of going away. Trawl the internet and you’ll find it awash with images of pink of all shades and tints applied to clothes, hair, accessories and interiors.
Pink plaster kitchen wall via jerseyicecreamco.com
Last summer the pink revolution even got its own name and hashtag – #millenialpink. (Read this piece from thecut.com if you want the whole timeline: Why Millenial Pink Refuses to Go Away).
Pink in 2017 is thoroughly nixing the idea that it’s only for little girls and Barbie dolls. As evidenced by the sea of pink knitted pussy hats at rallies the world over after Trump’s inauguration, the colour pink has been reclaimed and reappropriated by grown-up, strong (and ‘nasty’) women everywhere.
Politics aside, here are some of my favourite ways that pink is being used for interiors in 2017 – the choice is huge. Be brave and use it for pink painted or plastered walls, and tiled kitchen and bathrooms. Go bold with pink accent armchairs and sofas. Or add just a touch with pink accessories such as cushions, throws, and ceramics.
And you know what? I don’t think it’s a fleeting trend. I very much think (hope) that pink may be around for quite a while.
The glorious Louis Pretty Jewish deli in Berlin, photography by Steve Herud. Pink and orange is a fantastic combination, add turquoise and it’s sublime.
You can’t go wrong with pink and gold. And marble. Ultra dreamy bathroom via rebeccajuddloves.com
The Compose 3-Seater Sofa by Muuto
Cloud Toile Wallcovering by Timorous Beasties
Design Project by John Lewis No.045 LED Task Lamp in Pink
Join Dinnerware in pink and terracotta by Petite Friture – playful and practical
Nerd Chair by Muuto
Pink front door: via Elle Decoration/Pinterest
Rose pink Sheepskin Cushion by A by Amara
See what I mean about using pink as an accent colour? This is the recently opened and very gorgeous Clerkenwell Grind bar and restaurant. That blue! That pink! Those lights! I could live here, absolutely no problem.
Scandi-designed tufted wool Graphic Rug in Powder by Linie Design at Heal’s
These colourful walls are not for the faint-hearted. Pink teamed with bright hues via Ideal Home, image credit: Damian Russell
Cap Table Lamp in Blush by Normann Copenhagen
Brisa Washed 100% Linen Bed Set in Dusky Pink by Made.com
Helsinki Wireless Speaker in Dusty Rose by Vifa
Spring to Life porcelain tableware by Pip Studio
Grassington Sofa in Portland Versatile Velvet, Sofas & Stuff
Arris Rug in Pink by Wedgewood from Amara
Mondego Pink and White Cotton Blanket by Urbanara
And ending with some of my favourite tiles of all time, the gorgeous Cristalli lavastone tiles from Made a Mano. Teamed with dark grey, they’re just drop dead gorgeous.
So, what do you think? Are you in the pink too?
Images: stores, brands and photographers as credited above