If you're planning on decorating with blush pink, you're in for a treat. While many colors come into the interior design spotlight and then quickly fade out again, blush pink is one that has stuck. ‘Blush pink is a soft, beige rose that has been continuously popular since its first big break in the 1990s,’ says Sam Baldry, head of design at Swoon. And when you take a deep dive into the psychology of the shade, it’s not hard to see why.
'Blush pink is known for making us feel calm, protected, young and playful. These are, of course, emotions we want to feel in our own home, so it’s no wonder we’re all turning to the shade,’ says Nora Mitchel, interior design expert and Editor-in-Chief of Household Advice. We've swooned over all the pink room ideas we can, and there are five key ways to make this shade pop in your home.
From contrasting colors to adding texture, here's how to use blush pink for a space that's calming, playful and well-balanced.
1. Choose your rooms with care
‘As a color, pink is non-threatening and safe, and after the last two years, we are looking to feel safe and secure in our homes more than ever before,’ says Jo Massie, interior designer and color creator at Zhoosh Paints at Zhoosh.
The calming effect of blush pink should determine where and how in the home you use it, we're talking pink bathrooms and the like. ‘Adding blush pink in areas like your bathroom can help us to relax and feel safe while taking a bath or preparing for a good night’s rest,’ says Nora. ‘Bedrooms are perfect spaces for blush pink – fill the space with plants to bring the scheme to life,’ says Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux (opens in new tab).
2. Follow the sun
It’s always worth considering where your room sits in relation to the sun when choosing specific shades. ‘Blush pink adds warmth to a north-facing room but also looks clean and refined with the brightness of a south-facing one,’ says Justyna, color consultant at Crown (opens in new tab).
3. Embrace how opposites attract
If you want to make a statement with blush pink, look to the color wheel. Directly opposite pink is green, and when these shades are placed together, it's a match made in heaven.
‘Pink and green create a beautiful contrast that’s still very easy to live with. Deep green adds a modern, edgy element to a soft blush pink, perfectly balancing the scheme while creating a sophisticated look,’ says Justyna.
4. Keep it calm
If a calm vibe is what you want, choose neutral colors as your backdrop and let blush pink become your accent., whether part of pink kitchen ideas or in the living room. 'Combining blush pinks with earthy tones will create a serene, spa-like space,' says experts at UK store Hillary’s. Choose a crisp white paint to bring a fresh feel, and get playful with your design. Color blocking with paint is bang on trend and it's a great way to add an injection of blush pink, without overwhelming your space.
5. Turn up your textures
If you're concerned blush pink might be a little too...child-like for you, a fail-safe way to achieve a sophisticated look is to up the ante with your textures. From exposed woods to wool throws, jute rugs and boucle cushions, layer up the textures to bring some depth and added interest to your space.