When it comes to home décor, pink is a color that is used far less than every other color in the rainbow—and with good reason. First, we had I Dream of Jeannie and that velvet wraparound couch she had in her bottle. Then pink was repeatedly raked through the coals by Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole and Snooki in their own decorating schemes. Pink in the home became a joke.
Personally, though, I love the color pink and think when used properly—and sparingly, at times—it can enhance a space immeasurably by adding an unexpected and super flattering hue to your home. Don’t worry—I’m not trying to sell you on painting the house pink. I’m not even suggesting you give it a try because just because The Expert said so. If, though, you like the color pink, but aren’t really sure about how to use it at home, hear me out. These six tips will have you on your way to being tickled pink in no time!
1. Think About the Big Picture
What is the overall look of your living space? Think about that for a moment and let those initial thoughts guide you. For example, an industrial loft would feel bizarre with lots of pink because it’s already got a more masculine, modern vibe. A glam girl’s office, however, is a perfect fit! Your starting point is really just about common sense. Do keep in mind, though, that oftentimes things that look amazing on Pinterest (pink patio furniture, for example) might not translate so well to your own home.
2. When in Doubt… Less Is More
Whenever you’re working with strong or offbeat colors, it’s always best to start slowly. Like adding more sugar or salt to a recipe, once you go too far, it’s just a hot mess. Decorative accents, one wall of paint, pillows, or fabulous throws are perfect examples of how to get the ball rolling without going overboard.
3. Add Shimmer, Sparkle or Shine
All shades of pink work beautifully with metallics. When used with silver, it feels modern and cool. If you pair it up with gold (my favorite), it feels luxurious and glamorous. A frame or two, a mirror, an accessory, and a can of gold Rustoleum can be your BFF here to doctor up existing pieces. Always remember: The hotter the pink, the more modern the vibe.
4. Use the Buddy System
Don’t go it alone! Pink works better when teamed up with another color. Pink and yellow, for example, is a beautiful combination; pink and beige—a color I typically do not use—is elegant; and my favorite combo, pink and navy blue, is feminine with a chic, stylish vibe—kind of like a better, preppier version of the colossally passé pink and green combination. Try it out—I’m sure you’ll love it!
5. Deal Breakers
While I clearly love the use of pink, there are still areas one should never, ever go. For starters, pink and black is just tacky, awful, and way too reminiscent of Snooki and the pink zebra print bedding. Pink should probably never be used in a kitchen or a bathroom, but there are always exceptions when it’s done meticulously (and usually by a professional). I saw a fabulous pink front door on a home in Palm Springs, but I’m guessing the rest of us would have a lot of difficulty pulling that off.
6. Find Inspiration from the Pros
Recently, I made over my daughter’s bedroom in pink, navy and gold. By using a combination of shades and textures as well as a mix of high-end and ridiculously affordable pieces, I think we managed to pull together a look that could work for almost anyone. You don’t want to miss how I DIY’d the IKEA furniture, either. Check it out here:
Oh, and just or the record, I think I Dream Of Jeannie’s wraparound couch was fabulous!
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