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In The Pink by Kate MacLeary

By Kate MacLeary on Apr 23 2014

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Pastel pink is a huge fashion trend this Spring/Summer season. From Burberry to Temperley the catwalk shows have propelled girly, sugar almond shades from grandma's cardigan into the 21st century. Soft pinks have made a big impression within the world of interiors too, gracing the pages of all the latest interiors magazines and bringing this often underused shade, reserved for a girlie boudoir or child's bedroom, into the spotlight in a fresh, modern way. Until recently, pastel shades have been mainly the preserve of vintage interior styling but clever use of soft pink shades turn this trend on it's head. This is pink as you've never seen it before!

Firstly, think about pink in terms of painting and decorating. Using an expanse of pink within a room provides a warm base upon which to layer contrasting tones and textures. This gorgeous contemporary space uses a limited palette of colours, including a muted Farrow & Ball powder pink feature wall in 'Pink Ground'. The overall scheme is light, airy and stylish with clever use of sculptural lighting and furniture. The dark metal and strong ceramic shapes of the light fittings draw the eye instantly, giving focus to the space. Even the radiators flanking the French doors create a focal point, drawing the eye out to the garden, thus allowing the pink to add to, rather than overpower the overall aesthetic. Additionally, a pink rug is used to ground and balance the pink tone which pulls the whole colour scheme together. Still not convinced about pink as a decor option? Read on...

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Farrow & Ball's muted pink shade appears again in this stunning bedroom. The use of bold artwork, strong tones and masculine furniture make the overall look sharp, contemporary and worlds away from the a-typical girlie pink bedroom. The success of this scheme again lies with letting the furniture and accessories steal the show, the expanse of warm blush tones simply compliment the statement pieces used, preventing the room from feeling stark or cold.

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When decorating with pink, it often helps to think of the tone as a neutral rather than accent colour. At Velvet & Linen, the blush tones of Farrow & Ball's Pink Ground work just as harmoniously as in the previous example. In this instance the soft pink acts as the perfect backdrop for opulent accessories but in contrast, the overall scheme is more traditional, creating a romantic and feminine vibe.

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Confirming that pink can be used in a bold, modern way, this Spanish apartment showcases bold contemporary design without a hint of chintz. The wash of colour allows for maximum contrast, allowing the grey and yellow pieces to really pop.

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Surprisingly pink is a very versatile colour, in fact there are very few other colours on the spectrum that it doesn't match with- it's simply a case of choosing the right shade. Soft pastel pinks work wonderfully with most greys, blues, white and black (of course) and pair harmoniously with the taupe, brown and beige shades that are ever popular in UK homes.

However, if decorating your walls with pink paint is a step too far, consider a nod to the trend with splashes of pale rose in soft furnishings. I love how just one or two dashes of pastel pink can lift an entire scheme. In these monochromatic examples, the suggestions of colour are confined to furniture and accessories but transform these mainly white spaces completely. You can see how just one pink cushion, chair or bottle makes the overall look sing- take these elements away and the spaces would still be impressive but ultimately, much more drab.

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An easy way to achieve a modern, designer look yourself at home using pastel colours is to get crafty and paint an item of furniture.

In the example above, this painted mirror in a soft petal shade sits beautifully within its surroundings. The peach toned table acts as the main focal point and shows how easy it is to give old furniture a fresh, quirky twist with a lick of paint. Items similar to those pictured can be picked up cheaply in charity shops, auction houses or online marketplaces such as eBay. All that's required is some imagination and an afternoon to let loose with a paintbrush.

Can't be bothered? Don't worry, retail giant IKEA have got your back with grab-and-go instant hits of candy pink (BRĂ…KIG collection available instore only for a limited time). Not only is the range bang on trend but a steal to boot.

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Finally, let this example fuel your imagination- an injection of pink in an otherwise monochromatic space. This soft pink velvet George Smith sofa at 47 Park Avenue is the ultimate statement piece and adds serious character to the room. Bold and unexpected.

I hope this inspires you to think of different ways to incorporate this seasons must have pastel hue into your home but even if your flirtation with pink ends with a well placed bouquet of roses or stack of pretty iced cupcakes on the kitchen table, have fun with colour and enjoy!