Decorating with blush pink

By Kathryn Weber
Nov. 23, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
Updated Nov. 24, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Gray becomes warm and inviting when paired with blush or dusty pink.

Gray becomes warm and inviting when paired with blush or dusty pink.   Dreamstime.com for The Victoria Advocate

Blush pink is this year's it color. Far from the bubble gum pink of little girls' dolls or stomach medication, blush pink is a completely different take on those two standards of pink. Softer and paler than baby girl pink, blush pink is both refined and sophisticated. With its quiet elegance, blush pink is at home in the living room, in accessories or anywhere you want a lighter, yet refined, touch of color.

Pairing

Just like its liquid counterpart, rose wine, blush pink hits that just-right note of not being white but not being an audacious red either. When Pantone's Rose Quartz color was named color of the year in 2016, it was hard to imagine it or its partner color of the year, Serenity, as fitting anywhere but a nursery. It took time to see the sophistication of this pale pink, but it's a natural for pairing with almost any color in your home.

Next to beige, blush pink is understated and refined. With black, it's richly opulent. Gray becomes warm and inviting when paired with blush or dusty pink. Next to ivory, blush pink is as elegant as a fondant- covered wedding cake. Metallics are another natural pairing with blush pink, looking stunning no matter which metal it's up against. Next to gold, blush pink makes a posh statement. Mixed with silver, blush pink is delicate and cool. Add in copper or rose gold, and blush pink has a warm, friendly appeal.

Touch of blush

There can be no doubt that blush pink has a definitively feminine essence. Even so, the lightness of the color is perfect for any room where you'd like the feeling to be more relaxed or casual, such as a bedroom. Try a coat of blush pink to soften up a white bedroom or swap linens to a blush color.

Feng shui advocates have long touted the romantic benefits of pink sheets for livening up a state relationship. A pink bedroom would be at home at the beach, lifting the hues straight from the rising sun and interiors of seashells or try it in an elegant contemporary bedroom for a softer feeling.

Pink accents are also nice ways to introduce blush pink to your decor without making a commitment to wall color. Add a pair of blush pink lamps on either side of a bed or a pair of blush pink throw pillows to the sofa.

If you're limited to where you can paint blush, why not try decorating a powder room in blush pink? Nothing puts the powder in a powder room like blush pink can. Swap out cabinet pulls, door handles and plumbing fixtures with gold-tone fixtures and your powder room will look like a pink-lined jewel box.

Another great space for blush pink is a dressing room or closet. Line walls in blush pink wallpaper or fabric, add a sparkling chandelier and coat woodwork in ivory and you've got a closet that looks luxurious and feminine. Add in a round pouf or slipper chair, and your closet is complete.

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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