How to Decorate and Update with Pink
When used as a decorative touch, pink can look beautiful, feminine and classic and can easily be incorporated into almost any colour scheme. BUT, those itty-bitty pink parts are not what today’s blog post is about.
Today we’re talking about surfaces and products that are pink, proud, and pricier to update!
Before: Pink wallpaper, tile, vanity and countertop – it’s like the perfect 1990’s storm!
This room could’ve been GREATLY improved with some fresh paint on the walls and vanity, however, the homeowners decided they would rather start from scratch. This is obviously a GREAT solution, however it’s not in the budget for many homeowners.
So what do you do if you are STUCK with a pink surface that is too expensive to replace? You keep reading.
Use Neutral Paint Colours to Camouflage Pink
When choosing a paint colour to calm down your ‘pink thin’, you need to think neutral. Neutrals are colours such as black, white, gray, charcoal, and brown. Notice that I didn’t include beige in the mix. Beige is a tough one as it can look a bit unhealthy with pink as it’s often too warm toned (yellow/orange) to complement the specific needs of pink.
Brown with Pink
This cannot be a brown with a strong yellow, orange or green undertone in it. When you place yellow/orange/green/blue next to pink they will contrast with it. This means that because those colours are different from each other, they will accent each other. BTW, this is a bad thing if you don’t want your pink to pop.
A few good browns
- Middlebury Brown HC 68 – Dark brown with a solid neutral undertone
- Whitall Brown HC 69 – A beautiful brown with a soft gray undertone, so it’s not too ‘fudgy’
Gray or Greige with Pink
You have to be careful with gray paint colours as they often have sneaky undertones like green and yellow which can be pretty gnarly when paired with pink.
Gray looks beautiful on cabinets as well as walls! Consider a lighter, softer gray for the walls and deeper charcoal colour for kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity.
A few good grays
- Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC 168 Chelsea Gray is an amazing gray as it’s rich and deep without looking too harsh
- Sherwin Williams Light French Gray SW0055 This beautiful soft gray looks pretty with pink as it has feminine undertones, rather than the usual blue or green that gray can have
- Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW7029 This is one of my fave greige paint colours. It has a mix of gray and beige, but leans more to the gray side
Black with Pink
Black looks amazing with pink when used as an accent. It would be too overwhelming to use as a majority colour in your room (like the walls), so consider it in the smaller touches like picture frames, trim, doors, and other decorative details.
A few good blacks
Updating Pink in the Living Room
Carpet, furniture or tiled fireplace surround
1.Rose Toss Cushion 2. Charcoal Drapes 3. Gray Geometric Cushion 4. Graphic Flower 5. Chinoiserie Floral 6. Pink and Gold Canvas Print 7. Brown Chevron Cushions 8. White and Gray Drapes 9. Gray Stripe
Updating Pink in the Bathroom
Toilet, tub, sink, shower, tile, countertop
Embrace your Pink
Rather than fighting the pink you can choose to add a bit more of it to the room in the form of accents. By doing this you actually decrease the visual impact of it as it will FINALLY become part of the colour scheme of your room – rather than the evil redheaded stepchild (which I am by the way…)
The #1 worst thing you can do with pink
If you are looking to downplay pink then don’t use green, orange, teal, yellow or blue. You may think that any one of those colours might “distract” or “balance out” the pink – no way Jose. These colours will ONLY serve to ‘accent’ your pink and make it look even stronger.
However, if you’re looking to sauce up your pink, then these are the colours to go with! To be honest with you, they look just SMASHING in a kids bedroom or playroom – so don’t be afraid to play around with it a bit.
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