Pretty In Pink
A few posts ago I talked about how velvet upholstery was a hot trend following the looks from recent runway shows. Lately, I’m drawn to a saturated and juicy shade of pink, which got me thinking that maybe it is actually hot pink velvet that epitomizes the look of the moment. Then, I saw the latest cover of Australian Vogue Living. These rich, tufted chairs offer proof of my theory.
The latest issue of Traditional Home, meanwhile, showcases designer Melissa Warner’s stunning, very Domino-esque home in San Francisco. Her tufted pink velvet chairs are paired with chocolate drapery, a zebra skin layered over a neutral diamond graphic print rug, and a twiggy tripod side table for a look that is chic, not granny.
Velvet tufted upholstery, as the above examples prove, definitely makes a statement, but requires quite an investment. A smart, non-committal way to work the trend is through oversized floor cushions instead. In this photo, the white, modern inset fireplace, mustard-y wallpaper and an eclectic mix of accessories keep the vibe casual and pretty, but not prissy.
Or, you can forgo upholstery and textiles and opt for pink walls instead, as in this room by designer Miles Redd. I think what makes this watermelon hue so hot is to go big and bold with it. Watered-down pinks won’t cut it, so bravely paint the whole room instead of tiptoeing around it by colour-blocking one wall.
It reminds me of style icon Inès de la Fressange’s pink office at Roger Vivier. You know that if she handpicked this colour, it must have timeless appeal.
Photographer Corbin Gurkin’s bathroom is another good example of how to use this Barbie hue in a fresh way. (Thanks to design*sponge for posting such a fantastic house!) Wallpaper panels like the ones in the antique cabinet doors above can be changed easily if you get sick of that much pink one day. Likewise, you could re-paint or re-glaze the tub’s exterior — but it looks so great, why would you?
Jonathan Adler also chose hot pink for his new Templeton kid’s chair. The clean, square lines and depth make it easily transferable out of a little one’s room. Personally, I think a pair of them could be fun in a living room.
As for wall colour, I would go with either Benjamin Moore’s True Pink (2003-40) or Strawberry Shortcake (2000-40).
If you want to go the slacker route — which is absolutely acceptable (not to mention cheaper and easier) in my books — just decorate with loads of bright pink, fluffy flowers!
For more ideas on how to incorporate colour into your home, view our 10 Colour-Packed Rooms photo gallery.
1. March/April 2010 issue of Australian Vogue Living
2. Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design & Decoration (as seen in Traditional Home)
3. February 2009 issue of Living Etc
4. Miles Redd
5. The Selby
7. Templeton chair, Jonathan Adler
8. Country Living