It started with a photo I saw of the Gallery Restaurant at Sketch, designed by India Mahdavi. I decided it was a one off. Then it was a photo of an apartment styled by Pella Hedeby that appeared in the latest issue (18) of Est Magazine. I was sure it was just the contrast I liked though. I started to feel uneasy when I saw the photos of Skye Gingells new restaurant, Spring, at Somerset House featuring Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen's 'Mayor' sofa (which available from Occa Home if you have £5k to spare) but then maybe it was just the shape of it...
By the time I was on the Living Etc West London House Tour and standing in florist Nikki Tibble's living room I couldn't deny it any longer. My name is Anni, I'm a minimalist colour-phobe... and I LIKE PINK. Well, I love this particular shade of dusty-dusky-pale-plaster-pink. Not that it makes it any better. Pink has been my life-long nemesis and here I am lusting after a black and pink wall and that sofa. For so long the only acceptable colour palette to me has been black, white, grey and beige. That went for clothes, furniture and my car. No exceptions. Friends would tell me that one day I might change my mind and those kinds of comments were met with an eye roll and a dismissive wave, so no one is more shocked than me at this rather surprising turn of events.
I still can't see myself wearing pink, but a pink wall? A few pink accents, or if someone wants to buy me that sofa? I wouldn't say no. Pink is actually quite versatile, I've seen it in scandi-minimal spaces as well as more opulent and traditional rooms. It all depends on how you style it and what you put it with. Pink and beige will look soft and feminine, pink and white will look minimal but pair it with black, charcoal grey or navy and it will look edgier. Pink is everywhere right now and it's being touted as a 'new neutral'. Not convinced? Here are a few things currently on my wish list:
1. Knot knitted pouffe, £95 from Habitat
Equally at home in the bedroom or living room, as a spare seat or a place to put your feet up, this wonderfully textured pouffe ticks all the boxes.
2. Nesting Bowl in pink/white, HemmingwayDesign for Royal Doulton, £35 from John Lewis
Designed by Wayne and Geradine Hemmingway, this bowl is more than a nod to fifties style and would make for an cute sweetie bowl, or on a dresser as an accessory tray.
3. The pink Bird by Edward Lear from £17.50 for an extra small unframed print to £120 for an extra large canvas, V&A Print on demand
Lear's birds are adorable and none more so than this pink chap. Thanks to the V&As print on demand service there are a huge combination of size, finishes and framing options available.
4. Vintage wash dusty pink cotton sheets, £35-55 from Heals
If you can't paint your walls, textiles are the next best way to get large blocks of colour into a room. These sheets are good value, but being Heals, there's no compromise on quality.
5. Tea-towel, £2.99 H&M Home
Not sure about going full-on pink? Or maybe you live with someone who hates it, use small accents like this geometric tea-towel to add a hint of pink instead.
6. Bouclé cushion cover, £7.99 H&M Home
Cushions are another great way to add little pops of colour which work especially well if you have a dark sofa.
7. Rose pink dining chair £169 from Rocket St George
This would work really well as a dressing table or desk chair too.
8. Jonah sofa by James Harrison, £549 from Made
A sofa is a serious investment, so make sure you're serious about the colour before you opt for a non-neutral. Having said that, this one is so far near the beige-grey end of the pink spectrum that it almost counts as a neutral anyway. Made have two showrooms so you can test before you buy.
9. Glass bud vase £4.95 (on sale) from West Elm
The shade of this cute little vase is just right. Perfect on it's own or with a couple of stems.
10. Manna Ash matt emulsion paint £35.50 for 2.5l from Fired Earth
If you are allowed to paint your walls, this shade from Fired Earth is the most delicate and dusty of them all. It's available in different formulations, so if walls are out of the question, how about painting a large canvas or customizing some furniture?
Tickled pink yet?
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