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Pretty in Pink: 6 Design Rules for Pink Décor

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04.25.13

Pink isn’t just for Disney princesses! Some colors relax and others energize at home, but pink can do both. When used correctly, it can add sophistication to your living room or be flirty in the bedroom. Follow these six design rules for using pink in your home and you’ll see this color in a whole new light – we pinky swear!

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1. Start with accents. The best rule to follow when diving into new decorating waters is to start small. That way, if you decide a few days later that you’re better off without pink, it will be easy to remove. Choose striped curtains, a champagne-pink throw rug or rose-tinted accent pillows. Tip: Small pops of pink look great with white, cream or gold accents.

2. Go au natural. For a fresh look, pair together pale shades of pink with muted greens and wicker or wood accents. Pink is a common color found in the garden (think blooming roses, cherry blossoms or peonies), so the human eye will naturally accept this color palette. This combo works especially well in living rooms and dining rooms.

3. Use it to keep calm. Studies show that pink is a naturally calming color (it can even help prevent baby tantrums and reduce irritability), so go with a subtle shade for a nursery or add a few small pink accents to your ma’am cave.

4. Pick textures carefully. This tip is important whether you choose intense or soft shades of pink: pair it with the right textures! Smoother fabrics like silks and satins should be coupled with softer pinks (blush or salmon) for a romantic vibe. Heavier, metallic textures like stainless steel or chrome will complement the boldness of deeper pinks, such as magenta or raspberry.

5. Define small spaces. The vividness of pink can make a big impact on small spaces, so consider going with pink walls or wallpaper for your bathrooms, walk-in closets or entryways. These parts of the home don’t usually have much space to work with, so a bright color will help define the area.

6. Motivate yourself. Bright, bold shades of pink (such as fuchsia or neon pink) are naturally energizing and motivating, so they’re perfect for the home office! We suggest adding a large piece of art to your wall that incorporates one of these shades. The wall art will function as a beautiful statement piece and won’t require the commitment of painting an entire accent wall.

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