La vie en rose
I'LLlet you all into a little secret, as well as being an interior designer, I'm also a self-confessed shopaholic who can't help but envision how catwalk fashion can be applied to the world of interiors. Those of you who followed London, Paris or New York fashion week this autumn will know that the colour pink appeared heavily amongst the latest clothing trends. We've seen how it works on the runways, but now I want to show you how to make this season's must-have colour work in your home.
When incorporating pink into your interior design scheme, it's important to think about what the room you are decorating is going to be used for before you commit to a certain shade. Bedrooms for example, are mainly used for relaxation so you're likely to need paler pinks to create a calm ambiance, however, in rooms where the main function is entertaining, you can be a bit more audacious with colour.
Pale pinks give a room a relaxing feel, but also prevent a small room from feeling even smaller. Tonal variation is key when using paler colours as it will add depth to the room and prevent it from looking bland and lifeless. This can be done by using several slightly different shades of paint on the walls, or, by sticking to one colour on the walls, but adding different tones with various accessories and fabrics. It's also worth introducing different textures to this kind of scheme; fur cushions or woollen throws will add depth to a room with a pale colour scheme, but also make it feel cosy.
If you are lucky enough to have a bedroom which is lovely and spacious, or if there are high ceilings or walls in your bedroom you wish to accentuate, why not wallpaper one of the walls with a paper which contains neutrals, but also incorporates a darker, bolder shade of pink? This will add a hint of personality that will still allow the room to be a relaxing haven. White cream and grey look good alongside deeper pinks.
Areas in the home that are used for entertaining such as dining rooms, are the perfect spaces for letting your imagination go wild and incorporating bold, pink patterns as a way of adding detail and depth to the room. Stripes are very on trend at the moment and offer a more masculine take on the use of pink. I would definitely think about using vertical stripes if you want to create an eye-catching feature wall. A soft grey or beige will juxtapose a bright fuchsia pink fantastically, the blocks of individual colour in this case making the interior look stylish and clean cut. However, when using striped, please remember that they emphasise the dimensions of a room. Spaces with higher ceilings welcome vertical stripes, whereas rooms with wider walls will benefit from horizontal stripes.
Floral patterns have, and will always be extremely popular and they offer a slightly more conservative take on the use of pattern. This makes them perfect for living rooms which are used for entertaining, but also relaxation. Florals give a room an outdoorsy vibe that's also really beautiful and feminine, especially when girly colours such as pink feature in the pattern. Why not be daring and add other colours to the mix too? When partnered with bright pinks, zesty greens will make the room feel fresh and alive, and a paler sage will also keep the room at one with nature when used in conjunction with a pastel pink.
There are of course, so many ways you can make pink work in your home and I have only touched upon a few, but as long as you consider the function of the room you are decorating, you should be able to make the colour work. Now, I don't know about you, but this column has really made me fancy a pink lady cocktail, so I might just go and partake in one now!