Pink is so versatile that it can be modern, traditional, minimal, country and more

Story by Meredith Coopman

Often regarded as precious and girly, pink has had a difficult time proving itself as a candidate for decorating homes. Until now. If you’re paying attention, pink is everywhere and surging in popularity. The latest interior trend involves using barely there, warm, earthy neutrals. Gray has dominated the neutral interiors palette for years, but sandy shades are here now and proving to be very popular. While there is nothing wrong with a good gray, people are now finding themselves drawn towards warmer, friendlier tones. When it comes to design, it has a fascinating complexity.

Pink can be a neutral, moderate color. Barely there, pale pink is a softer alternative to beige or taupe and serves as a nice complement to just about anything.

The easiest way for pink to be interpreted as a neutral is in a palette with other soft colors. Pinks that have a graceful quality and give just a hint of color are most successful in conveying neutrality. The color has a richness, but it’s not overwhelming. In a subtle tone, pink can be extremely sophisticated. Bare shades of pink look classy and elegant while naturally adding warmth to the atmosphere and rarely appearing artificial or cold.

You aren’t limited to one single shade of pink. Like with other neutrals, it’s great to mix, match and experiment. Different pinks give off different vibes. A lighter pink conveys softness, delicateness and serenity. A brighter, bolder, more saturated hot pink exudes strength and liveliness. Pairing pink with other neutrals helps ground the color and keeps the palette from seeming overwhelming. However, if you want to achieve a more impactful and obvious statement with pink, choose more ethereal pinks that give off a light gesture of color.

The colors you pair with your pink and nude tones establish the attitude. Nude palettes generally rely on warm undertones and true neutrals, but for those who desire an occasional pop, really any color will mesh with the natural vibe. Pairing pink with more saturated colors can also make bold statements. Pink goes with everything: navy and most shades of blues, greens, yellow, red, purple, you name it. It also looks great with white, grays, blacks and browns. You don’t always have to keep it monochromatic, unless you so desire.

These warm, natural hues are also perfect complements to trendy metallics such as rose gold, copper, brass and brushed nickel. Layered together, they create a sense of elegance. This is another way you can give a formal twist to your skin-tone neutrals.

If you’ve been wanting to implement pink into your home décor, now is the time to do it. Pink is so versatile that it works with almost any decorating scheme. It can be modern, traditional, minimal, country and more. Use it as an accessory, accent wall or an entire background color to achieve different moods.

While it’s easy to add pink pillows or drape a pink throw blanket over a chair or sofa, consider integrating pink in unexpected places. Light fixtures, side tables, dinnerware and hand towels are examples of implementing unpredictable pops of pink without spending a fortune. Sometimes all you need is a single splash of pink to liven up a room or keep the mood elegant and sophisticated.

Take advantage of pink’s stylish qualities and have fun with its flexibility.

Meredith Coopman has over 25 years of experience in architecture and interior design. She is currently the Design Director at InnSpace in Kalispell. You can reach her at meredith@meredithcoopman.com.