Prediction Confirmed: Here's the New Gray

Prediction Confirmed: Here's the New Gray

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Arlyn Hernandez
May 30, 2016
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Last year, we pondered whether pink was the new neutral, and not to pat ourselves on the back or anything (okay, maybe just a tiny tap), but it’s probably safe to say that we were on to something. As any true neutral should be, the color is a bit of a chameleon: It can go from sweet to outright bold, though no matter the iteration, we’re crushing hard.

Unlike the Barbie pink of yesteryear, today’s take is muted and oh-so-romantic. Though I must admit, I was totally skeptical when Pantone first released Rose Quartz as one of the colors of the year. For me, a lover of all things jewel-toned and frequently averse to bubblegum hues, I’m surprised to find I can’t stop obsessing over blush rooms, and from the looks of magazines, my Pinterest feed and all those dusty rose sofas and chairs on the market, neither can anyone else.

Check out some of our current favorites that have our design-loving hearts aflutter.

(Image credit: Architectural Digest)

Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber takes the sweet hue overhead in this home featured in Architectural Digest.

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We applaud this dining room for not being afraid to go all-out girly. #girlpower?

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Blush can take on many hues, like this peachy version above by designer Brian Paquette that strikes a more gender-neutral note.

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Pink, white and black is a classic color combination that pays off in this fresh dining room by Emily Henderson.

Everything about this room is right: bold details, warm accents and quirky black-and-white art.

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Even just a touch of blush (like the curtains and throw pillow seen above) softens an edgy room.

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Rose gold and copper accents are the perfect complement.

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This bathroom from Oh Happy Day would make anyone wish their home still had its original tile

A sure way to make this shade feel modern and outrageously elegant is to pair it with high-contrast graphic details, like this stool fabric and floors.

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Warm wood tones in the island top and cabinet hardware really add a bit of maturity to this sweet kitchen.

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Proof that pink carpeting is sometimes a good idea.

Another wining palette: Light pink and green lends a retro vibe.

Loving the shade, but not sure how to build your palette around it? We’ve got you covered, here and here.

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