There’s no doubt you will have seen it splashed across your Instagram feed or your Pinterest boards. It’s the colour of 2017 and the favourite of 20- and 30-somethings everywhere, gracing fashion and interiors alike. Yes, that soft blush pink, coined ‘Millennial Pink’ by the New York Times is certainly creating a stir and it’s become a fast favourite.
If you have been eyeing up this colour and wondering if you could use it in your own home without it looking like a toddler’s bedroom, you’re in luck. Today, I’m sharing my tips on using this popular soft shade to add a hint of pink to your interiors.
Pay Attention to Undertones
Like any colour, you will have various undertones at play that will dictate a room temperature. The funny thing about ‘Millennial Pink’ (or ‘Blush Pink’ or ‘Tumblr Pink’) is that no one can quite agree exactly what colour it is (nor, it would seem, what to call it). While there are plenty of nuances in any colour you choose (apparently there are more than 500 different shades of grey just to give you an idea), many pale pinks can fall into the category and tagged under this moniker.
Pinks with cool undertones (those which fall more towards bluey-grey than peach) combined beautifully with grey and white. Combine these colours with pale wood and the simple lines of Scandinavian design and you’ll have a room that looks fresh and trendy.
A warmer pink (one with more red undertones that will border on a salmon or peach) team particularly well with other warmer shades and can make a neutral room come to life. I love combining a warmer pink shade with warm metals like gold or copper. The metallic colours soften the palette further and creates an inviting glow for the perfect ‘Instagram moment’.
Of course, if you love using pink and you want to go full on saturation, then you can always follow the cues of Sketch London’s The Gallery, designed by India Mahdavi, which is certainly one of the most Instagrammed spots in London thanks its stunning velvet blush pink chairs, herringbone tiled floors and quirky illustrations by British artist David Shrigley.
Consider layering a velvet pink sofa or armchair (I love Made.com’s Julianne Sofa) with blush pinks walls (try Farrow & Ball’s Peignoir for a cooler look or Pink Ground which leans warmer) for a similar take on this hue on hue style.
Grown Up Sophistication
If the full-on look is not for you, consider taking your cues from another London hot spot, Millie’s Lounge in The Ned, where blush pink seating mingles effortlessly alongside deep green marble and burgundy for a very grown up take on this trend. Using a few vintage pieces and combine pink with darker hues to create a sophisticated ambiance that’s a far cry from Barbie’s Dreamhouse.
Add a splash
Of course, one of the best ways to try out any trend is in your accessories. If you are feeling a little nervous about bringing in Instagram’s favourite hue, consider purchasing a few inexpensive cushions, candles or accessories for just a wink of pink in your home. It’ll be easier to swap out if you tire of it without a huge investment. I love Oliver Bonas’ cute pink table lamp which combines with both marble and copper, two stand-out trends this year or Rockett St. George’s beautiful linen bedding in rose, perfect for the coming season.
So as you can see, there are lots of ways of incorporating a touch of pink into your interiors – from Scandi and subtle to sophisticated glamour. How will you be using it in your home?
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Kimberly Duran is an award-winning interior design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalking eBay for bargains, taking Instagram pictures of her cats and investing time in her ongoing love affair with gold spray paint.