How to Make Pink Work in Your Home (Without the '80s Flashbacks)

How to Make Pink Work in Your Home (Without the '80s Flashbacks)

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Arlyn Hernandez
Jul 15, 2017
(Image credit: Old Brand New)

We get it: pink gets a bad rap for something it did many, many moons ago. It's time to forgive and forget the horror that was '80s pink, because the sweet hue can totally feel alive, modern, fresh and pretty. These rooms are rockin' pink, and the palettes they inspire, you can try for yourself!

(Image credit: Style by Emily Henderson)

Inspiration

Designer Emily Henderson shared this bedroom makeover that feels like a sweet, sweet dream.

Color Palette

This room is all about that super hush hush blush. It's barely there, but brings in just enough color ever so gently to feel not neutral. The pink is rounded out with warm, natural taupes and creams, as well as a purple-y charcoal gray (a great accent color to bring in via textiles!).

(Image credit: Instagram)

Inspiration

From oh.eight.oh.nine's Instagram, this bedroom feels incredibly "now". From the chunky blanket to the lambskin throw to the palette (which I'm about to break down).

Color Palette

Some of you might write this whole color scheme off as "millennial" but you shouldn't be so fast to dismiss it. It's sophisticated and serene and could be used in most rooms around the house. Start with a peachy blush in your textiles (even your wall!), and add to that a cool gray, a slate-like deep blue and cut the sweet factor with a touch of an earthy brown (with yellow undertones).

(Image credit: Old Brand New)

Inspiration

Old Brand New is a constant source of color inspiration, and this entryway delivers, as usual. It feels juicy and alive, like a warm summer day.

Palette

Salmon is the name of the game here, paired with equally saturated colors like bright canary yellow, rusted orange and lush leafy green.

(Image credit: Patina Studios)

Inspiration

Love bohemian? Love pink? Take notes from this space via Patina Studios that brings the color of the moment and the vibe of the moment together in a way that's inviting and flirty.

Palette

Bubblegum pink has a tendency to feel a little juvenile, but paired with a soft, sage-y green and grounded with terra cottas, camel leathers and worn brown accents, it takes on a totally mature persona.

(Image credit: Elle Decoration)

Inspiration

File this living room from Elle Decoration Sweden under "enviable spaces I wish I lived in". The home of one of the publication's bloggers, Amelia Widell (who runs interior design company Meli Meli) feels eclectic yet intentional.

Palette

A pink that nears lilac pairs beautifully with a deep eggplant (especially in luscious fabric like velvet). I love that Amelia brought in varying shades of blue like navy, denim and turquoise (and you should, too!).

(Image credit: One Kings Lane)

Inspiration

Designer Mary Macdonald is not shy when it comes to her interiors. She goes all out with color, textures and glam. This living room, from One Kings Lane, is totally luxe and fit for a socialite (or, you know, someone who likes blue and pink).

Palette

The first thing you might notice here is that there is no yellow in the image, yet there's a bright yellow box in the suggested palette. Fuchsia and navy is a classic color combination that never, ever fails to look pulled together and totally posh, but it just cries out for a little dash of yellow. So sorry, but it just felt right.

Pink not your thing? Don't worry, we've got your back. We've rounded up inspiring palettes in other color families, too:

Killer Color Palettes To Try if You Love Blue
Awesome Color Palettes to Try if You Love The Color Green

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