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After years of being overlooked, pink is having a moment right now. And why not? It’s a lovely, flattering colour that is easier to introduce to your home than you might think.

Here are 5 quick ways to get going:


1. Find the right shade

Shades Of Pink

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Different shades of pink do a great job of evoking different moods: from vibrant tropical holiday to a tranquil refuge at home, it all depends on the exact tone of pink you select. (For more on this, check out our colour guide to pink.)

For a more understated feel, blush pink and mauve will do the trick, standing in for neutrals admirably, especially against the warmth of natural wood and taupe shades or even the stronger tones of navy and black.

But if it’s a bolder, stronger look you’re after, then there’s almost no end to delicious, bright tones of pink to choose from, such as fuchsias, peachy corals and hot pink. These shades would make a wonderful accent wall or feature piece within a room, and also play well with colours such as green and blue.


2. Consider colour pairings

Which brings us to our next point – pink actually offsets a number of colours really beautifully, and knowing which shades work with which will go a long way towards creating a cohesive, stylish space.

Pink Combinations
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Some of these pairings are classic: pink and grey can create a soft, dreamy space that remains grounded in elegance, and pink with copper and rose gold always works too. But sometimes contrast is the name of the game, with teal, turquoise and green really allowing for pink tones to shine through.

Pairing Pink

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So try working with colours that aren’t necessarily just white or grey – especially in a space with darker elements, or printed decor, pink can really hold its own as a punch of colour and contrast.


3. Start small

Because it can be such a distinctive, strong colour, if you’d like to incorporate pink into your home but fear that it will be overwhelming – utilise it in smaller doses.

Splash of pink

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Here the pink cushions add a hefty dose of fun to the space, lightening up the navy couch, and the dark tones of the wooden furniture.

Or, as Apartment Therapy convincingly argued, pink rugs are also a great option, pulling a room together with great panache while not being too much.

Bonus: when using pink cushions, rugs, or decor such as prints and vases, you can easily move things around and keep your home looking fresh.

Pink Rug

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4. Conversely, go big

If you’ve always been a fan of pink – or we’ve sold you on the idea – go big! Pink sofas can be a surprisingly versatile centrepiece to build on (especially with our little guide to complementary colours above), and can completely impact the mood of your room.

Big Pink

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You could also choose to paint the walls pink instead, casting a soft, flattering light on the room, and then using furniture to ground the space. Both dark and light sofas would work here, with the latter anchoring the room, while the former would exude a dreamier touch.

Pink walls

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5. Experiment, experiment, experiment

Of course, there’s really no right or wrong here – it’s your house, and it’s your design rules! Play around, and find what works for you. But if we could make a final recommendation, we’d suggest that if you’re new to pink or to using colour, there are a few spaces in your home that would make ideal testing grounds.

If you’ve a home office, that would be a great place to start, or put some energy into prettying up the guest room (no one ever needs to know it was an experiment).

Pink guest room

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And for a final extra touch of (mad, but amazing) inspiration, check out this entirely pink home, crocheted by artist Olek, in Finland:

Pink house

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So will you be trying out pink in your home? Where do you plan to start? Let us know in the comments!

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