Kirsten Dunst's salmon pink farmhouse kitchen proves that this color trend is far from over for 2024

Decorate with warm and pretty variations of peach and salmon pink to create a calm and welcoming scheme

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Soft pink and peach color schemes were the talk of trends in 2023 and that popularity shows no signs of waning in 2024. Shades of pink are extremely versatile and have been a popular choice in interiors for centuries. Of all the variations, salmon pink and peach have the edge over others as they share orange undertones and warm characteristics.

Decorating with pink is not a new phenomenon. Despite its current renaissance, this subtle color trend has been around for centuries. ‘The salmon is called the king of fish for good reason. In all its forms, salmon is a color we have enjoyed on the walls of our homes, just as much as we have on our plates for centuries. The distinctive blush orange color often appears on the walls of the finest houses throughout the past century,’ says Marianne Shillingford, Dulux creative director. 

Pink has long been used to great effect by architects, decorators, and interior designers. The key to a timeless interior is to ensure they are neither too sugary, babyish, or garish. American actress Kirsten Dunst's 1930s ranch kitchen, designed by Jane Hallworth of Hallworth, is the perfect example of how to craft a pink kitchen that doesn't look sickly sweet, or passé. 

Pink is the new decorating neutral – it has a natural ability to deliver warmth and interest without overwhelming a space. But choosing the right shade can be a thorny task when you’re faced with everything from soft rose pinks to peachy tones. The key is to pick a serene hue.

With its clear ties to the natural world, salmon pink is used for painting accent walls and brightening high-traffic spaces with splashes of color that symbolize and promote health and vitality, making them ideal for farmhouse kitchens.

‘Due to its close relationship with pink and orange shades, the color is mood-boosting and energy-stimulating without becoming overwhelming like many red shades. On the other hand, with more muted and subtle tones, salmon pink can become a good choice to enhance quiet confidence and serenity,’ enthuses Sarah Lloyd, senior brand manager at Valspar.

To finish off this look, pair salmon pink with colors found in nature, such as taupe, sand, and green for the ultimate rustic kitchen with panache.

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Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.