simplistic form of the L-Cube vanity designed by
Christian Werner for Duravit has subtle details
that make it special, like shadow gap between
countertop and the wall-mounted furniture and the
subdivision of the drawer fronts, all
uninterrupted by hardware. Available in apricot
matte or gloss.
panicking: Itís really just light red.
other color gets dissed and dismissed as often as pink
when it comes to home design ó unless weíre talking
baby girlsí rooms. Yet in home decor, shades of pink
have circled through a number of decades, often in
tandem with other colors ó gray, chocolate, navy and
preppy jade green.
the past three years or so, pink has been re-emerging in
Europe. More precisely, beige-y blush kept cropping up
in upholstery and even cabinetry at the Maison &
Objet shows in Paris. Not uncommon in Scandinavian
countries, pink easily streamed into housewares as well,
with whisks, salad utensil sets and peelers. Variant
shades like petal, carnation and even deeper rose
started inserting themselves into fabrics and cabinetry.
Attractive mixable metals like rosy copper or pink-toned
glass or quartz are showing up in lighting, tabletop and
most consumers, pink is associated with a childís
room," says Ann Haagenson, divisional merchandise
manager for Anthropologie. "So it has taken a while
to progress into the living room and master
bedroom." The retailer is selling bedding, lighting
and votive holders in the color. "But blush or Ďbicheí
(fawn in French) is the most flattering color for the
home. It makes everyone and everything look pretty. Itís
also the most neutral color, outside of creme, so itís
easy to use in a totally new room design or to integrate
into an existing one. "
Senior, marketing director for fabric/wallpaper
manufacturer Thibaut, says the color can make a room
feel more feminine ó with a surprising impact.
"Blush pink/quartz is very refined," says
Senior, "and instantly changes a roomís mood to
sophisticated and pretty. It is a complementing color to
brassy gold and sharp white tones. Integrating pink into
an already furnished room is easy with accessories and
peek-a-boo accents like throw pillows or picture frames.
As a main color, going bigger is better ó like pink
wallpaper or a rug."
some gilt, and pink can take on a luxe edge. Thibautís
Marlow damask pattern, from its Serenade collection,
dials up elegance with a wallcovering that honors
tradition but feels so fresh ó especially with pretty
blooms to match and on-trend raw quartz or coral decor
at Koket, a furniture company based in New York, chose a
shade of rose quartz for the sensual Besame chair. They
call the hue "calming" and say it is welcoming
because "it creates a relaxing and lighthearted
Tobi Fairley, whose Ellison table for Woodbridge uses
pink with a gold leaf border, loves blush for furniture
and fabric design. "Itís a fabulous barely-there
pastel that combines pink with an almost taupe
tone," says Fairley. "I like to mix it with
navy or citron to balance the sweetness." Fairley
also has placed blush leather on sleek chairs and
benches for CR Laine.
and the Kate Spade brand are fond of teaming pink with
bright, almost Kelly green. Depending on the shade,
Anthropologieís Haagenson says a taupe-y pink teams up
well with warmer neutrals such as camel, nubuck, even
orange. "If itís cooler, itís best paired with
magenta, gray and navy."
offers some tips on effortless ways to integrate the
color into decorating:
"Small-scale linen pillows make an easy update to a
sofa, bed or low living/casual areas."
the tabletop: "I have a blush pink/stripe vintage
dinnerware collection that makes me smile when I have my
large-scale: "Try an upholstered sofa in blush pink
leather. It is a divine statement piece that is both
soft and hard. It will be the envy of any guest."