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Why My Favorite Color is Pink!

Have you thought of adding pink to your home decor, but hesitate to take the leap? Read on to see why and how you can embrace this surprisingly versatile color.

Pink fits with every décor and blends beautifully with other colors

Whether you go over the top, like Barbie’s Dream House, or just incorporate a few pink accents into your home is up to you. No matter your style, pink fits with any décor including traditional, modern, boho or country.

Apple green and pink kitchen items
My favorite color combo.

Depending on the shade, pink pairs well with just about any other color. Try mixing in a few pink items with greens, blues, reds, yellows or even orange. My favorite color combination is a soft, warm rose with apple green — the colors of a spring morning.

Living in a pink house in Portland makes me happy.
My pink house in Portland, Oregon, Richmond Rose Cottage.

Strong neutrals like black and brown add a sophisticated touch to a predominately pink room, and can keep it from looking too feminine or juvenile. Pink and black evokes classic Parisian style. I like to pair pink with brown tones, such as a wrought-iron fireplace screen and rustic, faux-wood porcelain flooring.

The bathroom floor is porcelain tile.
The bathroom floor is porcelain tile.

Go cool or warm

Pink can be a cool color or a warm color. Choosing a cool or warm toned pink depends on the lighting in your house and your personal preference. It's best not to mix cool and warm tones of pink. I prefer a warmer, rosy tone. I recently bought a pink daybed for my living room in Portland and a pink upholstered bed for my house in France.

The daybed is a pale pink, but covered in a white Laura Ashley daybed cover.
The daybed is a pale pink, but covered in a white Laura Ashley daybed cover.

If you live in a warm area or have a lot of sunlight in your space, a cooler pink will tone down the brightness. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, like I do, a warm pink can make the space cozier.

The walls in my cottage are Sherman Williams Nearly Peach. This color makes my pink décor items pop.
The walls in my cottage are Sherman Williams Nearly Peach. This color makes the pink décor items pop.

Pink is the color of peace, hope and joy

Pink is thought to have a calming effect. Certainly the lighter shades are easy on the eyes, and a good choice if you like a soothing, nurturing environment in your home. Pink, depending on the hue, can also evoke innocence, playfulness and even naughtiness. For me, most shades of pink remind me of spring and the welcoming of cherry blossoms, peonies and camellia blooms.

Azaleas are another pink spring favorite.
Azaleas are another pink spring favorite.

Pink can definitely lift your mood. However, bolder pinks are more like reds, which can overstimulate the mind.

My pink, retro fridge was one of the first things I bought for my house in France. I makes me smile.
My pink, retro fridge was one of the first things I bought for my house in France. It makes me smile.

Pink is gender neutral

While you might think pink is only for a little girl’s room, think again. Our cultural perceptions of the color have changed over the centuries. In the late 1700s and 1800s, pink was a popular color for use in fashion, interior decoration and paintings. In the 18th century, pink was worn by men and women alike. In 19th century England, pink ribbons or decorations were often worn by young boys.

Pink was not associated with a particular gender until after World War II when stores began marketing pink for girls and blue for boys. In the 1980s, pink was reintroduced into men’s fashion and became gender neutral again.

Perhaps this is why so many of my male Airbnb guests love staying at Richmond Rose Cottage, or The Pink Palace as they like to call it. You can too!

Think pink!

No doubt the success of the Barbie movie will encourage more people to embrace their love of pink. But you don’t have to go all out. A pop of pink here and there can add a cheerful, spring mood to any room. Accessories are easy to change out, so have fun testing out different shades of pink. Throw a few pink pillows on the sofa. Buy pink placemats and pink floral dishes. Perk up your office with pink desk accessories. Or simply add a bouquet of pink roses.

Pink is also my favorite color to wear. If you want to incorporate more pink into your wardrobe, and need a little inspiration, watch this fabulous musical number from the 1957 musical Funny Face (staring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire) with the multi-talented (American author, singer, vocal arranger, vocal coach, composer, musician, dancer, actress, and choreographer) Kay Thompson.

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