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Living Space: Decorate your home perfectly pink

By By Kathryn Weber
Feb. 20, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:20 p.m.

A single wall of pink, for example, is enough to brighten a room without overwhelming it or  making it look childish.

All shades of pink have been finding their way into homes, advertising and even the Olympic Games. Radiant Orchid, a deep pink with blue tones, is Pantone's makeup Color of the Year for 2014. You could say that pink is red hot right now.

Do's, don'ts

The bubblegum pink of the 60s is passe. Today's pink is more lustrous, with deeper tones radiating from palest shell pink to deep magenta and orchid. A touch of bubblegum pink is not a bad thing, but bathing the room in it is. A single wall of pink, for example, is enough to brighten a room without overwhelming it or making it look childish.

A simple way to use pink well is to employ it as an accent color. By adding pink accents in upholstery, drapes or accessories, you keep the color fresh and vibrant.

If you still want an all-pink room, you can make it work by adding an unexpected color, such as khaki, ochre or a deeper shade of the base pink. Metals positively sparkle when paired with pink, so do not be afraid to bring in strong metallic accents.

Pink, patterned

Whether you gravitate toward ikat or toile, pink is simply smashing in patterns. Traditionalists may opt for scenes in pink toile, but scenes like the Kaufmann oriental toile in plum is a fresh take on a timeless style.

If boho designs are more to your liking, a fuschia ikat wooden wastepaper basket will provide just the right punch of color and pattern under a desk ($116). If an Italian villa and a classic and understated look is more your style, pale pink damask wallpaper makes the perfect backdrop ($55).

Serving up pink

Employing pink in your home decor doesn't have to stop at the bedroom. This bright shade can be just as good a fit in the kitchen and dining room. Fill a cabinet with happy, floral-print dishes from Ikea like the Trolsk or Ideel patterns.

If you like antique looks, check out Etsy or eBay for deals on popular pink-print dishes like Old British Castles by Johnson Brothers or pink Depression glass serving pieces Go for a new take on an old pattern with Royal Albert New Country Roses dinnerware ($72, four-piece place setting).

Go retro

Nothing says retro like a pink bathroom. Many bathrooms from the 1930s to the '60s were sheathed in pink tile. If you're not sure you want to go that far, give your bathroom a retro with pink accessories.

Pair up pink towels with a shower curtain made from pink ticking or go wild Lilly Pulitzer Sister Florals towels paired with her Well-Connected bath rug.

Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.

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