Loving pink as an adult is sort of like loving Hello Kitty — you spend your life defending your crush, even though you secretly know everyone else is totally misguided. So, pink lovers, here’s your online support group: 11 rooms that totally show how right you are.
How insane is this room? It shouldn’t work — that shot of Pepto pink on the walls, the orange chair and the graphic red tablecloth. But it’s the combo of sunset colors — rich pink (try Powder Rose), scarlet, orange and yellow — that make it really sing. Nobody would mistake this room for a kids’ space.
This pink and black bathroom keeps the vintage vibe, with penny-tile floors and that 40s pink paint on the walls. But a space-age light fixture and European-design toilet bring this loo into the modern age. If you love this look, try painting with Hawaiian Shell.
The barest wash of color (go for Bare Pink) on this accent wall brings the whole room to life. Whether in sun or shade, barely-there pink adds a touch of warmth and whimsy to a room.
Color blocked pink and gray create a backdrop for a rustic-modern bedroom design. To keep pink from being twee, add wood accents like this wicker pendant and wooden rocker. If you’re a fan of color blocking, Pink Cardoon and Delicate White (with its gray undertones) would be a good choice.
Mauve is an elegant twist on pink. Pair the purplish undertones of Lost Love with streamlined Transitional furniture, a blend of metallics and black-and-white accents, and you have a recipe for a welcoming yet still highly sophisticated living room.
Greige is a great foil for pink, giving it an edge without the extreme of the traditional dark gray or black. Play off of the pink’s inherent softness by partnering it with modern, clean-lined furniture and art, and paint your walls Solitary State. This color scheme works well in a minimalist room because the colors provide the drama.
In another take on the rustic-modern bedroom, a primitive bed provides a masculine balance to the pink walls. When going for this look, use simple, masculine lines in the bed, bedside tables, lamps, and frames. Then soften it with the paint color (Blossom Pink, for example), the pillow, flowers, and art.
If you like your pink unapologetically feminine, we won’t judge. A rich range of pinks, from the pale pink comforter to the rosy pillows, to the strawberry walls (try Strawflower), makes this bedroom feel like a grown-up’s retreat. Rather than using bedside tables, try a brass bar cart. The wheels make it easy to move to clean, and the shelves give ample storage for books and photos.
The last few seasons have moved dark, dramatic paint colors to the forefront of design. Flip the white-walls-dark-floor mentality by doing dark walls — in this case, burgundy — and whitewashed floors. It makes this bedroom feel like a cave of the best sort. And that marbled fabric headboard pulls the whole color scheme together. (To get this look try painting with Love Potion.)
Let’s not leave out kitchens in the pink treatment. If you love the color and want only a touch of it, look for a pink refrigerator (Smeg makes a classic one). But if you want to commit fully to the hue, paint the entire room pink — cabinets, walls, and ceiling, too. (A pink with brown undertones, like Cheerful Heart, will keep the color muted and warm.) White countertops, gray cabinets, and a gray-and-white floor make this kitchen feel European and modern.
This London farmhouse kitchen got a dose of softness with pink plaster walls. You can see the hallmarks of the farmhouse style in the beadboard walls, open shelves, bentwood chairs, and furniture-style cabinets. Even if your walls aren’t plaster, you can get the look. Try a ragged-on faux finish with Powdered Petals a slightly lighter pink (like Shangri La) and your off-white wall color. That blend will create a similar feel in any room you choose.