Pink is one of those colours you may not consider using in your living space. Little girls’ rooms and nurseries – yes – but family living spaces? Probably no. Surprisingly though, pink finds its way into many interior schemes because it works so well with other colours and textures, and, even in small doses, adds personality and warmth to a space. In the right setting, pink can be very sophisticated.
Pinks of the blush, peach and pastel variety are particularly on-trend at the moment.
I’ve rounded up my favourite pink pieces and show you how they can work in your space too.
Pink and black
Pink and black is a classic combination that brings depth and structure to a space. I love the pairing of this lounge chair and ottoman with a black Arne Jacobsen AJ floor lamp. Add concrete walls and timber floors, and you have possibly the perfect backdrop for pink.
The gorgeous black and copper grid cushion by Louise Roe Design is available from Norsu Interiors.
The Zuster Tribute console is a stunning statement in blush and black.
This stunning image was the cover image for Vogue Living’s May/June 2014 edition. Entitled ‘Pale Perfection’ I think it sums up why pink can be so effective. Black artwork and black accents with a pale pink Arne Jacobsen Swan chair make for a cosy, inviting living space. Note how the soft textures in the pastel pieces are contrasted with the angular shapes in the floor lamp and rug. Soft but strong, this is a beautiful scheme.
Pink and white
Pink and white is another classic combination and the foundation of many Scandi-inspired schemes. Here, the Ro chair is a perfect fit with white panelled walls.
The Ro chair is one of my all-time favourites for a feature living room chair that is both functional and beautiful. Designed by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen in 2013, the chair stands for tranquility and a place for reflection.
Available from Mobilia.
Pink and other colours
Pink is actually a colour that works beautifully with many other colours, such as blue, navy, green, orange, purple, all kinds of grey and brown.
Pink and tonally-alike colours
Pink works beautifully when paired with other colours of a similar tone, as seen in these Drop chairs by Arne Jacobsen in pale pink, green and tan. Originally designed in 1958, the Drop chair was relaunched in 2014.
If you are not able to go for a piece of pink furniture, pink accessories can do the same job. The Hay ‘Colour Carpet’ rug combines pink and pastel hues with a shot of black. Available from Design Farm.
The Ross Gardam Silhouette lamp is designed and handcrafted in Melbourne. The rosy copper shade against the simple, minimalist black base makes a striking addition to the bedroom or office space.
Available from Stylecraft.
Tonal pink accessories also work well, as seen in the Menu bottle grinders in Nude.
Pink with timber, textures and leather
Pink is a perfect complement to a range of finishes including timber, marble, brass and leather. These combinations pull it off beautifully.
Nude leather and natural oak in the Rama chair by OX Design.
Douglas + Bec coffee table in brass, oak and blush.
Jardan Alby floor cushions in soft pink and tan leather.
So don’t overlook pink. Not only is it a natural pairing with black, white and grey, it has the ability to work with a number of other colours too. Modern pinks add sophistication, warmth and softness to a space.