Up ’til now, I admit, I’ve much preferred earthier colors—for wearing and for interiors—than what I’ve always thought of as somewhat frilly, not-me pink. But lately I’ve surprised myself by being rather drawn to it: There’s a slew of pinks out there to love—not all of them bubblegum or tutu—from dusty mauve to soft salmon to just barely
barely pink. And, contrary to my previous (maybe popular) belief, pink in interiors needn’t be fussy, or young-looking: It can be bold, romantic, playful, unexpected, even a little cheeky.
Proof? Just take a look at these bedrooms—some with just a touch of pink, others dressed head to toe—that I’m seeing in new light.
Above: A lush salmon-colored canopy frames the bed (and dark-blue velvet headboard) at the Grands Boulevards Hotel in Paris. See more of the dramatic guest rooms (each with a touch of pink) in Beds Take a Bow. Above: There’s a dreaminess to all of the rooms in costume designer Céline Sathal’s country house near Tolouse, France, and this blush bedroom is no exception. Sathal sews the mix-and-match pillow cases herself; “every sheepskin was bought for the birth of my children,” she told us. See more in La Vie en Rose: Inside a Costumier’s Dreamlike, DIY Maison in France. Above: I’m into the whimsical hotel rooms at the aptly named Quirk Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. Opened in the 1916 J.B. Mosby and Co. department store building, each playful room is done with various swaths of pink. Above: Another pinkish hotel guest room, at 11 Howard: A Scandi Paradise in SoHo, New York. Above: I’ve been enamored of Twig Hutchinson’s bedroom since we featured it almost exactly two years ago. How did she manage to make a bedroom with lots of pink feel sophisticated and balanced? With, she told us, a neutral backdrop and dashes of black. For more of Twig’s tips, see Tips for a Softly Moody Bedroom from a London Stylist. Above: Julie’s daughter’s room on Cape Cod, awash in almost lilac-pink (it’s Farrow & Ball’s Peignoir) with a patterned quilt. Above: If you’re like me, this bedroom at Baixa House in Portugal didn’t even register as pink at first glance. But that’s what works: white linens and earthy tiles make up a neutral, spare backdrop, and a vintage pink textile-as-blanket adds softness. (Want to recreate it? See Steal This Look: A Portuguese Bedroom with Vintage Charm.) Above: At this inventively colorful English inn, walls painted a deep Rhubarb by Paint & Paper Library pairs with black floors and velvet fabric in a floral pattern by Liberty London. “I really pushed for this color,” the stylist told us. “Everyone was against it, but I got quite obsessed.” Take a look at the full color treatment in The Rose: A Singular Seaside Inn on the English Coast, Color Edition. Above: And, last but not least, this monochrome pink bedroom in Brooklyn is a longtime favorite of the Remodelista team—the first time we realized all-over pink could look sophisticated and serene. See more in The Sentimental Minimalist: A Young Architect’s Bed-Stuy Townhouse Makeover.
Psst: We’ve rounded up our favorite pink rooms elsewhere in the house—and paints, too—here: