Pink is the new black
Spring always has me thinking pink. I spend the fall and winter months in a uniform of black booties, dark jeans, my black leather jacket and a dark manicure to match. But, as soon spring comes I ditch my gothic (ish) attire and am instantly inspired to bring colour back in to my wardrobe, pink in particular! I don't know if the warmer weather and sunshine just makes me happy, or if it's the beautiful pink magnolias and cherry blossoms in bloom (not to mention it means the start of peony season) but, my daily attire turns much more pink (see my hubby and I bringing out the pink at a recent charity gala). Since I always connect fashion trends with interiors, I started to think about pink spaces, which I'm sure sounds a little scary for some people. When I decided I wanted to do a post on pink I have to admit even I was a little scared of what I came across doing my image research. A barrage of rooms that basically sum up my husbands (not to mention my own) worst nightmare! Everything that has given the idea of a pink interior a bad rep: the wrong tones, overuse and just general tackiness, I thought I may have to think of a new subject. However, after a lot of continued searching I finally found a range of spaces that reminds me why when used appropriately, it is one of the best colours to work with. While lighter tones give a more soft, feminine and sensual effect, brighter tones are energetic, fun and playful. When paired with a dark contrast colour (dark blues or charcoals) it can even give a space a masculine edge. If you want to incorporate pink into your home home here are a few tips:
1. If you're painting, be sure to paint a large tester patch and live with it for a few days to make sure it's the right tone for you. The paint always looks different on the wall that it does in the paint fan.
2. Create balance! Don't just throw one pink pillow on a sofa and call it a day. Even if you only want to use the colour sparingly, make sure to accessorize throughout the room in different areas so that the colour addition makes sense and doesn't appear random.
3. If you don't want things to get too feminine, opt for a more coral tone of pink (this also pairs well with orange) or use a dark contrast colour as mentioned above.
4. If you want to go all out, chose a pink that isn't too saturated. This will make it much easier to live with.
5. Have fun with colour! If you're not ready for a long term commitment it's easy to pick accessories that you can switch out with the seasons.