The colour pink gets a bad rap when it comes to home decor. It is typically reserved for little girls’ rooms or brings up bad memories of your grandma’s pink-and-mint-tiled bathroom. But pink doesn’t have to be reserved for children or outdated decor. The feminine hue can pack a punch in any space and add that perfect hint of colour to make your space pop.
Take some inspiration from Valentine’s Day to add a little interest to your home. While pink is typically considered a girlie colour, you can incorporate it into your home without looking like you got your inspiration from Barbie. Darker hues, like fuchsia, can have more of a mature vibe to them if you’re worried about your living room looking like a nursery. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way, so stick to a few of your favourite accessories, and let them blend in with the rest of your decor.
When you are decorating a common area, think subtle hints of pinks mixed with neutral tones and more masculine textures. Patterned items, like pillows, or even a statement chair that includes some pink hues are good ways to pull other pink accents together. Avoid large pink items, like couches or wall colour, unless you are really committed to the shade.
Rug: World Market, price varies; Pillow: Anthropologie, $58; Frame: Anthropologie, $28; Curtains: Pottery Barn, $149; Art print: Etsy, $80; Pink lamp: Euro Style Lighting, $150
From appliances to dish towels, you can find just about anything in pink nowadays. Most small appliances can be tucked away if you get tired of pink or want to switch up your decor, but in the meantime, they can be a fun way to add a splash of colour to a typically neutral space.
Cake stand: Bed Bath and Beyond, $60; Placemat: Pier 1, $5; Refrigerator: West Elm, $2,000; Dishes: West Elm, $8; French press: World Market, $8; Towel: World Market, $5; Pink salt: World Market, $4; Apron: Anthropologie, $32
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The bathroom is the perfect place to let loose and have a little fun with the decor. It isn’t a focal point of your home, so feel free to go bold and add some accessories and colours you might not use otherwise. Lighter shades of pink can evoke a vintage powder room feel, while brighter colours or prints can add some whimsy to a bland space.
Shower curtain: Bed Bath and Beyond, $40; Towels: Garnet Hill, prices vary; Bow hooks: H&M, $6; Vase: Bed Bath and Beyond, $90; Candle: H&M, $6
If you’re imagining the look on your husband’s face when you tell him you purchased a pink comforter set and you’re thinking twice about even considering it, we can help. Really subtle shades of pink or more orangey shades like coral can be incorporated into the space without making it feel too feminine. Be sure to blend it with chunky, masculine furniture or more rugged textures like burlap or linen.