Leslie Mann's living room color is an homage to a popular trend – and experts say it's the 'new neutral'

Rethinking pink – Leslie Mann's living room color scheme gives Barbie's favorite shade the luxe look

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Cocooning and pretty, the blush pink palette ranges from a confetti of palest blossom through plaster and peach to the cooler tones of vintage rose petals. The renaissance of this color is not surprising – from the softest blush to the hottest fuchsia, Leslie Mann's living room is, quite simply, pink perfection. With its connotations of grace, purity, and elegance, the color also has significant historical provenance. 

‘Pinks have been used throughout history and ranged from the plaster pinks, based on red ochre, to the blossom pinks from crimson lakes,’ says Edward Bulmer, an architectural historian, interior designer and founder of Edward Bulmer Natural Paint. ‘The latter was expensive and much loved as a tinting color on ornamental plasterwork from the 18th century onwards. They are a perennial favorite as they flatter both building and occupant.’

Fast forward to now, and you'll know that pink has been the talk of the year, so it is no surprise that decorating with pink is the color that has been on our radar. 

In Leslie Mann's living room, pink packs a decorative punch. Fans of playful living room colors will love this pink living room, and fans of decorating with pink will love it still more. And for anyone wishing to embrace a Barbie pink scheme of their own, we have some good advice.

It's inviting, uplifting and effortless to decorate with, so it's no surprise that pink is now seen as an interiors neutral. When it comes to knowing which hue to use in north- or south-facing living rooms, you must consider the light conditions. ‘Pink is perfect for warming up north-facing rooms where soft, pale shades with just a hint of apricot look amazing, but cooler blush pinks can look a bit chilly,’ says Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux. ‘If you have plenty of good natural or warm LED artificial light, all pinks will work beautifully.’

‘Blush pink paints are delightfully easy to work with, universally flattering, and bring warmth and sophistication to a space when used correctly,’ says Annie Sloan, color and paint expert. ‘Think of blush pinks as neutrals; as the building blocks for your scheme.’

In this space, Leslie Mann and American director and film producer, Judd Apatow have curated a haven of delightful yet subtle pinks. Be wary of opting for overly sugary pinks. ‘Pink has a very alluring quality. It draws you in, is welcoming, and is easy on the eye. But you have to be careful not to get too sickly sweet,’ says interior designer Samantha Todhunter. 'To dial back the sugary nature of some pinks, look to use shades with tones of beige, sand and taupe.' 

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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.