Pink and Purple: Do or Don't?

Pink and Purple: Do or Don't?

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 15, 2012

Pink and purple. Purple and pink. This was my favorite color combo… when I was four. Since then I've moved on to other palettes that are a little less Barbie. But lately I'm beginning to wonder if maybe baby Nancy wasn't on to something. In the right hands, pink and purple can be downright sophisticated.

Strangely, I think the thing that initially drove me away from purple/pink (it's incredibly girly) is the same reason I find myself drawn to it now (it's wonderfully, unabashedly girly). And the purple and pink combination has a surprising amount of range: you can pair lavender with hot pink, or keep both colors muted for a soft, romantic look, or move the pink a little towards peach for slightly different take. Or you can go big with both colors — in image 6, lots of color and lots of texture makes for a look that's rich and luscious and feminine but strong.

What do you think? Purple and pink: unbearably girly… or surprisingly sophisticated?

1. Jamie Drake via ASID
2 & 3. In a New Orleans home from House Beautiful.
4. Elle Decor
5. House to Home

6. Decor8
7. Architectural Digest
8. Elle Decor
9. Martha Stewart
10. Elle Decor

(Images: as linked above)

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