Pink room decor ideas: 28 ways to use this sweet shade

Pink room decor is always a winning option – use these fail-safe design ideas for a grown-up take on this popular color

living room with grey sofa and pink striped wallpaper
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Pink room decor ideas are, quite frankly, always a good idea. There's something about pink that puts it high up in the trend stakes at all times. Whether it's soft and pretty blush pink, a more grown-up and organic plaster pink, or a bold and bountiful brighter shade, there's always a pink that's on our radar.

Home decor trends come and go, but pink room ideas bring a comforting and calming presence to our homes, so it's no wonder the use of pink everywhere from living rooms to kitchens has increased in the past few years. 

Whether you want to go bold with statement wallpaper or add a touch of the color with accessories, we've gathered some fun and easy ways to decorate with pink, for a look that says chic and contemporary, and not 11-year-old girl...

1. Paint on your pink room decor  

bedroom with pink circle color block feature wall

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore )

If you think an entire pink wall will be too much for you, paint on a part of your wall instead. Color blocking is a trend that's taking the interiors world by storm, and this large painted circle is a stellar example.

By painting it directly behind the headboard, it creates the look of the rising sun and we are here for those calm and majestic vibes.

2. Give pink a modern twist with diagonal striped wallpaper

living room with pink diagonal stripe wallpaper

(Image credit: Bobbi Beck)

If you're worried about pink being too twee, balance the shade out with an ultra-modern patterned wallpaper idea. This diagonal striped design brings an instant modern and edgy feel to the space. Combine with other patterns for a maximalist look, or keep it simple as shown above and let the stripes take center stage.

2. or a bold geometric design like this...

Bedroom with contemporary wallpaper in pink by Sandberg

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The harsh shapes and repeated pattern of geometric designs means it's also a great way to balance out the softness of pink. Recreate this pink room by choosing a bold patterned bedroom wallpaper idea and painting your woodwork in a darker hue. 

3. Pink and grey is always a winning combo

grey living room with pink pictures and curved sofa

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If painting in pink feels like a step too far, go for a grey wall instead and choose an especially curated gallery wall. These gallery wall packs from Poster Store (opens in new tab)are such an easy way to create the perfect look.

They've done all the hard work for you, so you can rest assured that every photo will blend in perfectly for a statement feature wall.    

4. Curl up on a statement pink sofa

Adding another storey and large kitchen extension doubled the size of Jasmin Robertson’s terraced house, turning it into a modern family home

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How dreamy does this space look? A pink sofa feels like the ultimate treat and, done the right way, it can transform any room instantly. 

This relaxed L-shaped sofa is low-backed enough to slot in perfectly beneath the eaves and make the most of this awkward area. The contrast between this deeper pink sofa and the muted pink walls really shouldn't work, but somehow, it does. 

4. Combine bold with bold for a statement space

bedroom with pink walls, colourful bedding, and blue ceiling

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Pink doesn't necessarily need to be calm and relaxing, as proven by the striking bedroom in the image above. 

This highly pigmented pink shade is brought to life by the contrasting electric blue and injection of black for a space that screams happy and upbeat. 

5. Throw down a pink rug for instant pretty 

Home office with green painted walls, red and white rug, green desk, white desk chair and a collection of houseplants

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

It's amazing how a rug can instantly change the look and feel of a room. This pink geometric design is the perfect contrast to the soft green walls and brings interest, texture, and warmth to the room. Rugs are also a great way to cancel out any noise from office chairs rolling around on wooden floors. 

'Pink is a great shade for boosting productivity. It has a calming effect on our nerves and helps relieve feelings of anger and neglect, which is perfect for staying focused on tasks that have the potential to overwhelm you,' says Keal.

5. Choose muted pink kitchen cabinets 

Pink cabinets in a kitchen with pink tiles

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If you know your love of pink is going to stick around for a while (and that you're not going anywhere fast either), why not choose pink kitchen cabinets? We are in love with this kitchen from Naked Kitchens (opens in new tab), the combination of the pink and deep purple cabinets is beautiful, and the light wood-paneled walls? Dreamy.

If you are doing up your kitchen on a budget, you could always paint kitchen cabinets pink yourself. 

'Pink is actually a versatile color for the kitchen, pair with soft cream cabinets for a romantic regency-core style or fuse with rich coppers and dark greens for a fresh, vibrant space,' says Yvonne Keal, senior product manager at Hillary's (opens in new tab).

6. Or even just a couple of cabinets for a color contrast 

Plywood kitchen with blue and pink Formica units, oak open shelves, white worktop, terrazzo splashback tiles and grey large-format floor tiles

(Image credit: Jody Stewart)

How fun is this? Who says your kitchen remodel idea needs to be one color? Not us! Even just two small cabinets in a contrasting shade can lift the whole scheme for a fun and modern feel.

7. Pink dinnerware is the sweetest dinner party backdrop

Pink floral dining area with bead chandelier and and shelving with vases of flowers

(Image credit: George ASDA)

If you're a real pink fan, give your dinner table a pretty twist by introducing pink plates and bowls. Even if you're simply ordering in a takeaway, it'll give your evening a special twist and make even a casual Tuesday night feel a little more special. 

8. A black and pink living room? Dreamy combination 

Elegant fireplace with large mirror and patterned rug on the floor

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

'I like to use a lot of grey and pink with accents of black. This helps to move away from the girly look sometimes associated with the color,' says Natalia Miyar (opens in new tab), interior designer, architect, and part of the LuxDeco 100 top stylists.

And we agree – pink rooms don't always have to be super-girly. Pair this sugary hue with a simple monochrome scheme for a grown-up take on the trend. The bold print of the rug and the dark fireplace surround really work to ground the room, stopping it from becoming too, erm... pink.  

9. Keep it quirky with pink polka dots

Wallpaper in home office in pink and green by Little Greene

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Pink was made for polka dots. Bear with us, we know what you are thinking. But just look how this pink spotty wallpaper has been used in this workspace. 

By dividing the wall a quarter of the way up with a dark, earth green (try something like Farrow & Ball's Green Smoke (opens in new tab)), the overall vibe isn't too twee. Plus, combining it with a quirky vintage desk and Mid-century modern style chair only helps balance out the look.

10. Go with dusky pink for a vintage vibe

Traditional room with Sulking Room pink paint and a day bed

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

If you are after a pink that's more... mature, pick a paint that has a warmer, duskier undertone. Something like Farrow and Ball's Sulking Room Pink (opens in new tab), which has been used in this living room. Keep the look fresh by pairing it with bright, crisp whites. 

11. ...it works in a kitchen too

dark kitchen with pink painted walls

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Pink walls may not be your first thought when it comes to kitchen ideas, but they can really work. This muted shade contrasts beautifully against the dark kitchen cabinets. Taking the wall color across the ceiling too helps create a statement, cocooning and comforting feel.

'Anchor your room with bold style statements for drama when using pink. We use the same trick when throwing a leather jacket over a flowery dress,' says Miyar.

'For me, black works well as an accent in many color schemes and goes particularly well with pink. If you have something feminine in your room, work in something that will contrast with that.'

12. Choose a barely-there pink as an alternative neutral

A bar area at the end of a run of kitchen units complete with copper coating and wooden bar stools

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

Pink doesn't have to be a bold choice, you can almost use it as a neutral shade. In this kitchen you can barely notice the pinky hues of the walls. But how gorgeous does it look with the sage kitchen cabinets and gold highlights?  You can take our tour around the rest of this candy-colored kitchen

13. Or just tile a small section for a splash of pink

If you aren't ready to fully commit to painting your whole kitchen pink, try adding a few pops of the color instead. You could tile a splashback with pink tiles, switch up your kitchen hardware or just incorporate some pink kitchen accessories.

You could also pinch this idea and make a feature of a breakfast bar or kitchen island by tiling a section of it with pink tiles.

14. Mix pastel pinks with emerald greens

Pink walls in a green kitchen with green tiles by deVOL

(Image credit: deVOL)

Who would have thought that flesh tones in a kitchen would ever be a thing? But when teamed with emerald tiles and deep blue kitchen cabinets it totally works. This gorgeous kitchen is from deVOL (opens in new tab) and painted in their Clerkenwell Blue. For a similar pink shade try Setting Plaster from Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab).

15. Paint your tongue and groove paneling pink

Another way to incorporate pink into your kitchen is the humble feature wall. While the tongue and groove paneling brings the character and depth, the soft pink shade gives a fresh and modern twist. This kitchen paint ideas is the perfect combo – the navy cabinets, plus the well-placed pink accessories only enhance the feature wall. 

16. Opt for pink window treatments

Shutters in pink in dining room

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Switch out your window treatments for ones that are packed with personality. If you have blinds around your house, swapping them out for some statement shutters like  this could be an effective way to add some color.  We love these shutters from The Shutter Store (opens in new tab) , the coral pink looks stunning in this simple dining room setup. 

17. Create a soft look in a pink bedroom

Pink bedroom with pink shutters and wooden bed

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Is there anything more calming than a blush, whispering rose color in a bedroom? Super soft and adorably chic, the piled-up pinks in this bedroom make it look so inviting. To make this bedroom paint idea really pop, add in some grey tones and metallic accessories for a match made in Pinterest heaven. 

'One of the best things we can do to promote a great night’s sleep is to cultivate a nurturing and peaceful atmosphere in our bedrooms and pink can add personality and warmth to any space,' says Keal.

18. Choose complementing colors for a subtle look

Pink bedroom with pom pom bedding and pink colour block walls

(Image credit: The French Bedroom Company)

We couldn't not include this beautiful bedding from The French Bedroom Company (opens in new tab). Also, note the subtle color blocking ideas in this bedroom – using two similar shades that have just enough of a contrast adds interest to a room without becoming the sole focus. 

20. Add some texture with distressed walls

Bedroom in boho style with pink walls and monochrome sheets

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Before you panic, we aren't suggesting that rag-rolled walls are making a comeback... no, they can stay firmly in the '80s. But there is something sophisticated about a plaster-colored, subtly distressed wall. While you could recreate this unfinished look with paint, we think the easiest way is with pink wallpaper. For a similar look, try Osborne & Little's Fresco (opens in new tab) available at John Lewis & Partners.

21. Choose a pink color scheme for a kid’s bedroom

Pink kid's bedroom with a pink canopy and gallery wall

(Image credit: Norsu Interiors)

Clichéd as it may be, pastels do always tend to work in a children's room. Unlike the Barbie pink of our childhood bedroom dreams, dusky pinks mixed in with grey and white create a really stylish space that your child and (more importantly) you, will love. 

Plus they are less likely to grow out of these more muted colors and they definitely have more staying power than hot magenta. Designing a kid's bedroom can be tricky, but choosing a muted version of their favorite color is sure to please you both. 

22. Bring a splash of pink to a monochrome scheme 

Bathroom with shower enclosure, patterned floor tiles and a pink wooden basin unit

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

If you want to add a little pink to your bathroom, try painting your furniture. Keep it looking modern by teaming pops of pink with boldly patterned monochrome flooring and an array of house plants. 

23. Create a focal point with a pink bath

Blue panelled bathroom with palm print patterned wallpaper, patterned floor tiles and pink roll-top freestanding bath

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

A statement free-standing bath is always a good idea if your bathroom is big enough, but a pink statement bath just takes things to a whole new level of elegance and prettiness. The ornate gold legs on the above design give the look and luxurious an opulent edge.

2. Paint your interior doors pink 

We are all very focused on the color of our front doors, but don't neglect what it looks like on the inside. Painting the inside of your front door could be all you need to add a subtle splash of color to your hallway – and you can really easily DIY it on the cheap. Use our guide to painting a door to get your finish spot on.

25. Add a pop of pink with a wall mural 

Good morning from room 641 in L'Hôtel Sandberg. A dreamy bedroom with wall mural Julie on the wall. 🌸 Add Beauty To Your Home (opens in new tab)

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Dark floral room designs are a big trend at the moment. Gone are the saccharine pastel hues you would normally associate with floral designs, this look is about gothic, lush, moody prints in deep inky hues (with the odd touch of pink, of course), and we love it. Surface View (opens in new tab) is our go-to for dark romantic floral design; they have a huge collection of wallpaper, mural and ceramic tiles.

26. Anything in a flamingo print goes

Have fun with a pink room design and choose a quirky wallpaper print. This flamingo print from Cole & Son (opens in new tab) is an obvious choice.

27. Same for anything in pink neon

Not sure this quite counts as a pink room idea... But the light from a neon pink sign bathes an entire room in a pinky glow, so we say it's all good. Make like Lisa Dawson and add a neon sign of your favorite quote to your hallway so you can show it off to every guest. 

You can have neon signs made to order from stores like Bag & Bones (opens in new tab), but if you are on a budget, Amazon (opens in new tab) has some cute, cheaper offerings.

28. Go for a more traditional-style pink bedroom

For all its flamingoes and neon connotations, pink can also work in a more classically-styled space. If this traditional bedroom idea is more your style, recreate the look by choosing a classic rose print wallpaper and matching throw cushions. Pick out a pink patterned window treatment and a floral bedspread and you are there.

Which colors compliment pink interiors? 

The key fail-safe colors that sit well with pink are green, blue and grey. But of course neutral shades like creams and browns work well with pink too and will really let the shade take center stage. 

'My personal favorite is white with pink,' says Miyar. 'A subtle trick you can use to bring these together is to select a white with an undertone in the same shade. I also use a lot of grey and pink with accents of black. This helps to move away from the girly look sometimes associated with the color. Mixing pink with cream and peach can also look super feminine but incredibly grown-up.'

How to master a pink room that’s not too feminine

You can ensure that a pink room isn't too feminine by using harsher elements to create a clear contrast. Combining pink with black is a clear example – the strong tone brings a sense of power and authority to a room, which is a far cry from the chintz and twee vibes often associated with pink. 

You should also be very particular about the shade of pink that you choose. More earthy organic hues such as plaster pink or even terracottas are understated and grown-up, but still bring that comforting factor that we expect from pink. 

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.

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