The Perfect Pink Creates a Calm WFH Space in This 800-Square-Foot Apartment
Pink is one of those colors that can vary widely, and not just from Millennial to Granny-Chic. Depending on its shade and saturation level, it can skew bright and bold or subtle and warm — like the soft desert tones of Sedona Pink by Behr® Paint, which Betsy used to update her 800-square-foot apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Even before the world started working from home, Betsy had a living room office. Here’s how she created her cozy, uplifting WFH space.
Betsy’s furniture and decor had lots of color in it, from a deep blue patterned rug to vibrant artwork and accessories. Pink’s beautiful adaptability shows up in the colors you pair it with: In neutral rooms it adds intensity while in rooms with multi-colored furnishings, it creates cohesion.
The Pink Paint that Pairs with Everything
Betsy’s matte walls are a backdrop for green plants, gray upholstery and notes of blue and gold. To play up the earth tones in Sedona Pink, pair it with natural woods and calming whites. It also looks great with green — one reason houseplants are photographed so often against muted pink walls. It’s the plants-meet-pink effect.
Like so many small NYC apartments, Betsy’s fits multiple functions in one semi-open plan. At one end of the space is her office; at the other is a bar cart and eat-in counter, attached to the kitchen. Painting the walls Sedona Pink ties the space together, while furniture partitions the apartment into zones. A classic small-space ladder desk defines the office, a comfy sectional serves as a multi-purpose live/work spot, and a sofa table divides the living and eating areas.
Its flexibility is what makes this color a perennial favorite. If you need to warm up a room without going for the standard gray or beige, think about pink. Look for shades that turn up the sophistication and turn down the sweetness. You might just find your favorite new neutral.