The New Neutral is… Pink?

published Jul 5, 2015
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We all know what neutrals are: colors like black and white and grey and beige that are staid and well-behaved and play well with pretty much any other color. Sometimes they let navy blue join their club, although navy is a little wild for that crew. But there’s a new neutral in town, and it’s… pink? Yes, pink.

I’m as surprised as you are, but I’m also delighted: it turns out that a pale, dusky pink actually makes a wonderful neutral. The color above (seen in a space from Nordic Design) is Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground, the perfect color to make other hues pop, and add a bit of rosy warmth in the process.

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Here’s the same paint color paired with accents of dusty rose, in an image from Farrow & Ball via Mad About the House. Here you can see the difference between the new neutral pink and the dusty rose of the 80s: this pink, by comparison, is lighter and more delicate, pale and warm but not quite band aid-y.

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Pink makes an epecially brilliant backdrop to black, spotted here with touches of green. Image fom Lovely Life.

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The color palette here is still fairly simple, but you can start to see how this pale, inobtrusive pink takes on other colors like a champ. Image from Living Inside.

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I love this living room from vtwonen, and I think the pink walls are what really make it. Imagine this room with white or light grey or even black walls. It would be a totally different space, and, I think, a less successful one. The walls here aren’t attention-getting: they let the other colors have their day in the sun, but they also radiate a rosy warmth.

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And interesting twist on the preppy staple of pink and green, from Eco Wallpaper via House of C.

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Pale pink and light grey, from Lovely Life.

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And finally, from stylist Anna Pirkola, a fairly simple tableau — but look how lovely that colorful Moroccan rug looks in this pale pink room? Doesn’t it make you want to go out and paint your walls immediately? I know I’m thinking about it.