The colour of Spring – Dusky Pink

The colour of Spring

My favourite colour just bursts into our gardens every April and May as if to say winter is over.  I love this time of year anyway, full of a promising summer to come after a long, cold winter.  The birds are back and all the plants just spring back up as if winter had never been!

Inspired by my favourite garden tree

My magnolia tree
My magnolia tree – photo by me

Colour theory – Pink is the colour of happiness and is seen as light-hearted. Teamed with light colours it is soft, feminine, romantic and sweet.  Paired with back can be seductive! 

Agent Provocateur Branding
Agent Provocateur Branding

I wanted to share with you some interior design ideas based on this beautiful feminine and romantic colour………

Dusky Pink walls with a black kitchen Interior Design by Anne-Sophie Pailleret
Dusky Pink walls with a black kitchen
Interior Design by Anne-Sophie Pailleret

 

Dusky pink accents on curtains and ceramics Source: vtwomen
Dusky pink accents on curtains and ceramics accents cream room
Source: vtwomen
Dining bench in pink with Eero Saarinen table source:blog.VKVVisuals.com
Dining bench in pink with Eero Saarinen table source:blog.VKVVisuals.com
Pink & Grey Palette from pinterest
Pink & Grey Palette from pinterest

 

A slightly more salmon tone Teamed with Black is can be more masculine Image via Tiziana Tozoni
A slightly more salmon tone teamed with Black is can be more masculine Image via Tiziana Tozoni

Pink has been popular since Georgian times…

Grey Interior with a splash of pink from marieclairemaison.com
Grey Interior with a splash of pink from marieclairemaison.com
Georgian Pink image Pinterest
Georgian Pink image Pinterest
Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball
Dusky Pink & Grey Fairytale Bedroom Source: pinterest
Dusky Pink & Grey Fairytale Bedroom Source: pinterest

Teamed with bolder colours can make this soft pink seem quite art deco inspired and I love the eclectic look that gives …..

emerald and royal blue contrast with soft pink source: anne-sophiepailleret.com
emerald and royal blue contrast with soft pink
source: anne-sophiepailleret.com
anne-sophiepailleret.com
anne-sophiepailleret.com

You could always add just a rug…… 

SPLIT BRIGHT Paul Smith Hand knotted Tibetan wool The Rug Company
SPLIT BRIGHT
Paul Smith
Hand knotted Tibetan wool
The Rug Company
Phoenix Wool Dhurrie Rug - Earth Red from westelm.com
Phoenix Wool Dhurrie Rug – Earth Red from westelm.com

Some eco paint colours to consider….

Anne Sloan Chalk Paint
Anne Sloan Chalk Paint
Little Greene Dorchester Pink
Little Greene Dorchester Pink
Farrow & Ball Paint
Farrow & Ball Paint
Le Corbusier - Dots Wallpaper by rate-international.com
Le Corbusier – Dots Wallpaper by arte-international.com
Axis Wallpaper from Scion
Axis Wallpaper from Scion (also available as fabric)

an eco velvet for upholstery to consider….

Eco Velvet Upholstery Fabric from Hoepke from Jacober Interiors
Eco Velvet Upholstery Fabric from Hoepke
from Jacober Interiors

a pure lambswool sofa throw …

Lambswool Sofa Throw by Moon
Lambswool Sofa Throw by Moon

or some designer fabrics to add a classic romantic or modern geometric twist….

Designers Guild MARQUISETTE - PALE ROSE Silk
Designers Guild MARQUISETTE – PALE ROSE Silk
ABSTRACT MALACHITE - MULTICOLOUR by Designers Guild
ABSTRACT MALACHITE – MULTICOLOUR fabric by Designers Guild

 

Just a few ideas of how enjoy this soothing pink with soft greys and cream or mix it up with bold and bright colours and pattern! 

P.s some of my favourite images from my my Dusky Pink board on Pinterest

The Interiorista on Pinterest
The Interiorista on Pinterest

Thanks for reading!

Amanda x

 

 

Max up your space….

Very few of us have enough space.  I am pretty sure Her Majesty or various Russian Oligarchs are not reading this blog… so what can the rest of us do? Moving house, adding an extension or building in clever storage, great, but can be expensive and time consuming.  Don’t we all have an area in our home that we wish was just a bit more roomy?  For me I always end up in houses with the world’s smallest entrance hallways (except, of course, when I was a student and didn’t care) and my current house is no exception! Well I would like to share with you a few design tips to make your tiny space feel bigger… that together with a good dose of declutter/recycling could do the trick!  Who knows, you may not even need to extend or move.

colour

the colour wheel

One easy/less expensive way is to change the colour. There are a zillion books about colour, but when it comes to maxing up your space using colour, then all you need to know is the following.  Warm colours advance towards you and cool colours recede away from you. Making a colour lighter tends to make it cooler therefore recede i.e. pink is more receding than red. Reds, oranges and yellows will draw a room in and make it feel warm and cosy.  Blues, greens and blue-violets will have the opposite effect and make a room feel more spacious and open. Yellows and violets can be warm or cold.

why?

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