Cocooning and pretty, pink room ideas are the essence of grace, purity and elegance, while the color also has significant historical provenance.
From the palest of confetti through setting plaster and deeper terracotta tones, pink can form a reliable background color that channels anything from a contemporary to a classical country-house spirit.
When decorating with pink, you you must consider the light conditions of the space. ‘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 (opens in new tab).
‘If you have plenty of good natural or warm LED artificial light, all pinks will work beautifully.’
Pink room ideas
Below, we showcase the best pink room ideas so that you can create a warm, welcoming home.
1. Double up on pink to add warmth to the kitchen
The atmosphere of a kitchen can be greatly influenced by the color you choose. ‘There’s so much to consider when designing your kitchen, and color is one of the most effective tools you have when it comes to creating atmosphere and character,’ says Stephanie Nix, kitchen designer at Neptune (opens in new tab).
‘Pinks work beautifully with the undertones of Carrara marble, and mix with pale or darker greys to create a calming cooking space. You could also introduce black accessories through lighting or black-bronze handles to keep the look chic and sophisticated.’
For a seamless, uncluttered look, use the same rosy pink hue across both walls and kitchen cabinets. Where space allows, keep cabinets to floor level only to give your kitchen an airy feel. This Suffolk kitchen in Old Rose paint is by Neptune.
2. Pair pink with soft grey for an elegant dining space
Set against soft grey – which is a beautiful paneling paint idea – pink is surprisingly sophisticated, and this classic combination is a good way to minimize the color's sugary undertones.
‘Blush pink has a very alluring quality. It draws you in, is welcoming and easy on the eye. But you have to be really careful not to get too sickly sweet,’ says interior designer Samantha Todhunter (opens in new tab). ‘To dial back the sugary nature of some pinks, look to use shades with tones of grey.’
This elegant table setting combines plain cloths with painterly patterned napkins and glass and metallic accents. A blush linen table cloth lends a relaxed look, while an Art Deco-inspired light fitting adds a hint of glamor.
3. Add character with pink and white stripes
Painting wide vertical stripes is one of the most creative pink room ideas – not only does it give the illusion of height but it is an easy way of adding character to a room that lacks original features. Here, Annie Sloan’ (opens in new tab)s Piranesi Pink and Pointe Silk wall paint have been used to create an elegant scheme.
Named after the seminal Italian printmaker and architect Giovanni Piranesi, Piranesi Pink is ‘a dusty, peach-leaning pink which includes yellow pigments that give it a real softness,’ says Annie. ‘Almost flesh colored and suggestive of setting plaster, it is timeless and universally complementary.’
In a classic color contrast, Annie has also given new life to a vintage chest of drawers with Chalk Paints in Olive, Emperor’s Silk, Old Ochre and Paloma.
4. Design a soothing bathroom sanctuary with blush pink
Blush pink has a quiet inner strength that can hold a room without being overly theatrical.
In this generously proportioned Victorian bathroom with symmetrical basin consoles and original fireplace, interior designer Anna Haines (opens in new tab) has used Cuisse de Nymphe Emue paint from Edward Bulmer (opens in new tab).
Applying the paint from skirting board to picture rail has created an overall effect of a balanced, soothing sanctuary.
Pink is a particularly good choice for older homes, as Edward Bulmer explains: ‘Pinks have been used throughout history and ranged from the plaster pinks, based on red ochre, to the blossom pinks from crimson lakes,’ he says.
‘The latter were expensive and much loved as a tinting color on ornamental plasterwork from the 18th century onwards. They are a perennial favourite as they flatter both building and occupant.’
5. Create calm with the softest of pinks
With its ability to provide a warm base for different materials, blush pink can inform the mood in a room. Think about the energy and atmosphere you want to create and how you are going to use the space.
For a sense of calm, choose paler shades, such as this Heritage Potters Pink matt emulsion from Dulux (opens in new tab).
Using such a soft shade of pink is one of the most versatile pink room ideas as it means the color acts almost as a classic neutral, transcending both room and gender preconceptions.
Painting a fireplace in the same pink as the walls enhances the sense of calm.
6. Use pink curtains as a foil to botanical prints
For a relaxed and balanced living space, use plain blush pink curtains as a canvas to offset botanical prints and enhance the sense of light in the space.
In this scheme by Clarke & Clarke (opens in new tab), sash windows lend themselves to an elegant combination of Roman blinds in Gardenia in Blush, and sumptuous full-length curtains in Kelso in Blush.
An accent chair and mix-and-match cushions tie the scheme together.
7. Design a romantic bedroom with setting plaster pink
Create serenity in a guest bedroom with a textural design of bare plaster walls combined with muted blush pinks in complementary scales, as in this design by Samantha Todhunter (opens in new tab).
A headboard in a larger scale pattern – Haveli Pink by Penny Morrison (opens in new tab) – contrasts beautifully with an accent cushion in Fez Putty, a small-scale weave by the Guy Goodfellow Collection (opens in new tab).
While bare plastered or limewashed walls create a beautiful character to a room, for a smarter finish, emulate the look with a setting plaster pink paint.
8. Create the prettiest nursery with delicate pink
Finding a decorating scheme that grows with a baby into childhood is a sustainable option that saves time too.
While often thought of as being just for girls, pink is a surprisingly gender-neutral color. However, if you want to go all-out feminine, then there is no better choice than pink room ideas for a nursery.
With a palette of dusty pink and olive, this Woodland Wonders wallpaper from Hibou Home (opens in new tab) features woodland creatures, toadstools, acorns and golden keys to create a magical backdrop for a nursery.
9. Use pink to create a haven for home working
Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink is the ideal shade to create a calming feel in a home office as it’s such a versatile colour, as Joa Studholme, the brand's color curator, explains.
‘Sulking Room Pink (opens in new tab) should not be seen as overtly pink, but rather a muted rose with enormous warmth; its powdery feel making it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary darker tones. This color has its roots firmly in the past but is the perfect tone for furniture and walls alike.’
It works particularly well with mahogany tones and crisp white.
10. Use dark furniture and accessories for contrast
When you’re using a light shade of pink on your walls and woodwork you can go darker with the rest of your scheme, as Ben Stokes, founder and interior designer at KAGU Interiors (opens in new tab) , explains:
‘Balance blush pink walls with dark and warm furnishings and accessories. Complete the palette with rusty browns, burnt oranges and soft neutrals for a scheme that feels timeless and sophisticated.
'Add texture with a striking floor covering and eclectic cushions and finish the look with contemporary lighting solutions and brass finishes.’
11. Opt for more than one shade of pink
Walk-in showers are a great place to experiment with color and pattern, and if you can’t decide on one shade of pink, then go for three – odd numbers always work best.
Break the rules and ditch a regular tiling pattern too, be random – who says you need a specific layout?
12. Use pink wallpaper to add more than a hint of pink
For a country cottage look, opt for a pretty wallpaper and keep it simple by choosing a two tone design – then it can act as a background for vintage paintings and decorative plates.
This Flowerberry (opens in new tab) Pink wallpaper is from a selection designed by Penny Morrison. Its floral silhouettes sit perfectly on the slightly worn pink background.
13. Add depth with two shades of pink
Create interest through a doorway by using a darker tone behind the paler tone. It works really well and adds a contemporary feel to a space. Will Thompson at paint company Valspar (opens in new tab) shares his thoughts on how fabulous pink can be.
‘Pink is a really versatile color; you can opt for bold and bright shades like Cactus Flower (opens in new tab) and Magenta Manicure (opens in new tab) to make a real statement and express your personality,' he says.
'Alternatively, opt for blush or muted tones, such as Strawberry Parfait (opens in new tab) (shown) and Dusky Zinnia (opens in new tab), to create a more subtle, cozy atmosphere. The variety of pink tones also mean you have flexibility when it comes to compatible colors; pair it with deep blues to add coolness to a room, choose lighter shades for pops of ice cream pastels or pair with grey for a classic feel.’
14. Give pink a contemporary edge
While pink room ideas are often dismissed as being for more traditional schemes, pink can be a perfect choice for contemporary spaces, too, as in this pinky terracotta room designed by Kelly Wearstler for Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab).
‘Color is the spirit of a room, and provides expressive power to transform a space with your personal voice, whether you’re painting all of your walls, or just one,’ says Kelly.
15. Pick a yellow pink for warmth
'A well-judged pink is a far more useful color than you might think. It has always struck me how many serious-minded Grecian interiors employed it two centuries ago,' says Edward Bulmer.
'This is because it can be serious and architectural as well as soft and inviting. It’s crucial to avoid the shade being too fragrant and our Jonquil (opens in new tab) – which has a soft hue that hovers between pink and yellow/beige – is now one of our bestsellers, being used in halls, living rooms and bedrooms.'
16. Pick a grown up shade of pink
'I enjoy using pink in its many forms, dull, blush and even an orange-y pink,’ says Charu Gandhi, director of Elicyon (opens in new tab).
'Our projects are often quite tailored and chic so we find pink is very adaptable and fits well, it can be striking but also romantic and gives a real sense of soft glamour – almost a romanticism. Pink works very well with metals and even champagne gold trim fabrics.'
17. Ground pink with dark blues
Not everyone would risk using such a deep pink on the walls of a living room, but use the right shade and instead of boudoir brash it will make any room look fresh, modern and very grown-up.
Guests will be pleased too; the decorator Nicky Haslam is a long-term believer in pink being the most flattering color for walls. This dark calamine lotion hue creates a perfect backdrop to set off the plentiful art works and mirrors in gilded frames highlighting, rather than distracting from, the colors within.
Interior designer Beata Heuman (opens in new tab), who specialises in creating rooms that are at once cozy, eclectic and chic, further grounds the living room space by using a more conventional navy blue plain on the sofa and chairs. This color is then carried to the very edges through the use trimmings, lending a tailored and modern look to the scheme.
18. Contrast pink with navy for a restful bathroom
For years, the unwritten rule was that woodwork should be painted in high gloss with ceilings in a clean matt white, but finishes can be creatively used to make and accentuate architectural features – worth a thought in period buildings which are blessed with plenty of these details.
Create a tonal statement not only by pairing two different colors – a pale pink and a dark navy are an unusual combination which nevertheless works well together (as fashion designers have long recognized).
Then use another contrasting technique by painting the walls in matte emulsion against the door and skirting boards in glossy eggshell – it will help to frame the room. In this scheme by Farrow & Ball, the walls are covered in Pink Ground modern emulsion while the door and woodwork are highlighted in an eye-catching Hague Blue eggshell.
19. Warm up a cool room with pink window treatments
The play of light and color at a window has an unrivalled effect on our homes. Bold, colorful curtains and blinds, such as on-trend coral, will lend a room a sense of adventure, infusing it with character so that the window becomes a dashing highlight.
Exercise a little restraint and gentler palettes of easy-living light pinks or blush will allow windows to take on the vital background role in a soothing, harmonious scheme.
20. Soften the impact of dramatic pattern with pale pink
The concept of light and shade works well. ‘While an all-enveloping color throughout can work brilliantly, a subtler approach is to cut through bright or dramatic hues with softer colors,’ says Kate Bradley from Neptune (opens in new tab) .
‘Try combining a deep navy with a rose pink, such as our Old Rose, or a neutral linen for example.’
How do you make a pink room look elegant?
Making a pink room look elegant relies on it being used alongside other colors that suit it. You can paint all four walls of a room pink and get an elegant result, just as you can add accents of pink to liven a neutral space.
To create a pared back look, match pale pinks with white and other pale colors; for a richer scheme, put deep, musky pink alongside really earthy tones, like honey and beige.
Pink of all tones can also look wonderful alongside black. The key is balance – but neutrals next to pink will always make it look elegant.
What should I put in my pink room?
Mixing up numerous prints and patterns makes for an interesting scheme and don’t forget to throw in a few sumptuous textures too.
How about a room that has more shades of pink than any other color? ‘Gentle pinks are here to stay,’ says interior designer and creative director Birdie Fortescue (opens in new tab).
‘A color that was once reserved for bedroom schemes can be used to add freshness and give a cheerful warmth to other areas of the home. Here, muted rose pinks make a statement without being too bold or overbearing.’
With over 30 years of working in journalism on women's home and lifestyle media brands, Rhoda is an Editorial Director, Homes Content, at Future. Over time, Rhoda has worked on the entire homes and gardens portfolio including Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Livingetc, Ideal Home, Style at Home, Woman & Home, 25 Beautiful Homes, Amateur Gardening and Easy Gardens. She was also editor of Country Homes & Interiors for 14 years, leading it across print and creating the blog Country Days. She has also worked at Woman’s Weekly, Family Circle and Practical Parenting.
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