A Pretty Color Combo: Pink & Brown

A Pretty Color Combo: Pink & Brown

I'm not sure how pink came to be associated with women, from cotton-candy nurseries to cloyingly feminine boudoirs. In the right shade and application, pink can hold its own in a home with men, too. For proof, check out the cover of September's House Beautiful, which features a Victorian row home by designer Barry Dixon.

Rich browns and natural hues — as well as plenty of white — perfectly balance out this living room's palette. It feels breathtakingly elegant, but it's still kid-friendly too. The little ones in this house call the gorgeous salmon ottoman "the cupcake." Love that!

I once painted my small home office nook a glam pink, which looked surprisingly amazing against the back wall of dark wood paneling, a bright white ceiling, a contemporary globe chandelier, and a huge steel tanker desk. I enjoyed every second I spent there. I wish I had photos to show you (blame a computer meltdown), but I can assure you that it looked modern and sophisticated. And I am not usually a pink kind of girl.

What do you think of pink and brown? Could it ever work for you?

Images: House Beautiful

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