So, you have painted the walls of your room pink. A great choice, of course, but now you’re probably wondering how the rest of the décor will look.
Thankfully, pink walls are no longer the stuff of little girls’ rooms. Pink is recognized by interior designers as a versatile color that’s actually quite easy to work with.
That’s because, as you may already know, “pink” is just an umbrella term for a whole range of related colors that you can work with. That means your décor options are basically endless.
Today, we’ll be giving you a basic idea of how to work with pink walls.
Choosing the Right Shade
As we’ve already established, pink isn’t just one color–it comes in many shades, and accordingly, can have a range of varying effects architecturally. To choose the right shade, first, you must consider which room it is that you’re going to be painting.
If it’s your bedroom or bathroom, pale pink is a perfect choice. It has a calming effect, and because it’s so soothing on the eyes, it will make your surroundings more homely. It also creates a nice negative space for putting up photos or as an offset for showpieces.
On the flip side, darker hues of pink are suited better to common areas of the house, such as dining rooms and hallways. It makes quite the statement, and also contributes to creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere that your guests will love.
Subtly Contrasting Colors for Furniture
After lighting and heating, furniture is, of course, the most important part of a room, so we’ll talk about that bit first.
What I love most about the color pink is that it will look lovely when contrasted with nearly any other shade in the spectrum. For you, that means a whole world of furniture options.
If you’re working with a lighter shade of pink on the walls, consider buying exclusively white furniture for the room. This will continue the theme of relaxation while also maintaining the elegance of the room.
If you’re somewhere in between light and dark, chances are your walls are quite a bright pink. In that case, your furniture would look best if slightly muted in color, since your walls are already making a statement. Thus, light wood-colored furniture works best, or even grey.
In sum, if your walls are a lighter pink, go with light colored furniture. If they’re darker, consider darker colors.
Balance It Out with The Right Accessories
Now for a more complicated part– I’m talking about drapes, cushions, or carpets.
These days, understated colors (like gray) are in when it comes to interior designing. You might think you can’t work with those sorts of colors if you have pink walls. Wrong!
When your walls are pink, the chances are that half the show has already been stolen. That takes the pressure off of you to find the right colors and patterns for your accessories.
Go with a selection of two secondary colors in neutral shades. Imagine a room with light pink walls and muted orange curtains. Add in a splash of white in the form of cushions or a painting/sculpture, and you have a breathtakingly serene scene.
On the other hand, why not try out a black and white duochrome theme in contrast to your pink walls? Imagine dark paintings or showpieces in a dining room with bright pink walls; it creates a sense of significance and communality.
Or just take a handful of yellow gerberas, plop them into a white vase, and leave them on a surface. It’s too easy!
Use Green Accents
Because green pops so well when paired with pink, it is a very popular choice as an accent color. Even for today’s tastes, it’s a winning combination, if you can find the right shade of green to complement your pink.
Especially if you’re working with a teenager or little girl’s bedroom, the combination can create a vibrant, yet comforting atmosphere. For adult rooms such as a bedroom or guestroom, think of using patterns that are more sophisticated.
But let me tell you a secret. The real key to finding success with this color pairing is to use white as a secondary accent color. It works as a catalyst to bring the colors together in the mind of whoever is viewing the room, creating a sense of harmony.
If you’re considering green for curtains, you will do well to try to match the shades with the sheets or blankets. By doing this, you’ll be limiting the number of patterns and shades in play, which is a good way of making sure the effect isn’t overwhelming.
Play Around with Pink Patterns and Shades
This is true for nearly any color you choose to work with when decorating your home–using exclusively shades of just one color to jazz up the room.
Yep, that’s right. Just because you have pink walls, doesn’t mean you can’t have pink furniture or accessories! Try out different patterns and motifs in other shades of pink–imagine something baby-pink walls with burgundy sheets on a white four-poster bed. Be a little brave; live a little.
However, remember that striking the right balance is not only important; it is difficult. Mixing and matching patterns is always a risky business, so you’ll have to be patient and committed. I can guarantee, however, that you’ll have a lot of fun doing it.
If you’ve chosen pink as the color of your walls, then you’ve already earned the respect of interior designers worldwide. It will always remain a classic color for home décor, and now it’s your turn to see what you can do with it.
Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your decorating adventures!