01 of 09
How to Decorate with Pink
Pink, the offspring of red and white, has become a major color option in home design. And it's no longer limited to the nursery or little girls' bedrooms; through the creative ideas and visions of a few talented designers and homeowners, the color pink has grown up and graduated into adult rooms and decorating styles. Go all out with an all-pink room, or just use a few pink accents to spark up a neutral color scheme -- if you love the color pink, let it show. (Crave a pink as bright as... the one on the bedroom walls here? It's Pink Starburst from Benjamin Moore.)
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02 of 09
Pink Has Fun
Pink is a fun color, and it plays well with others. For a good example of how to use a pink-plus-another palette, take a look at this lively bedroom designed by Regan Billingsley Interiors. A combination of soft and bold shades of pink keep the room hopping, but the accents of grayish-blue add a touch of calm that chases away overload. The touches of metallic decor on the walls bring in a bit of glamour as well. When decorating with a lot of pink plus another color in the master bedroom, it’s a... good idea to find a neutral base color--such as white—to keep the look mature.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Pink's Older Sister: Burgundy
When decorating with pink, you aren't limited only to the softer tints or bubblegum brights. Lightly shade pink with black, and you get its older sister: burgundy. And burgundy works beautifully to set off cool colors like gray, navy blue, deepest purple and even black. Use a few burgundy accents to wake up your contemporary, subdued bedroom without any fear of saccharine sweetness. It's the perfect way to add a touch of romance without being cloying or obvious. Take an additional... decorating tip from this room, and use a favorite piece of artwork to tie together a room's color scheme, or determine what colors to use.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Pink-tastic Eclectic Bedroom
Not everyone desires the level of enthusiastic drama displayed in the colorful bedroom featured here, but it sure is fun to look at. Designed by Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design, this eclectic and glamorous bedroom looks like it could belong to a princess or film star. The strong salmon pink walls easily hold their own against the equally bold furniture and window treatments, to say nothing of the magnificent mural at the head of the bed. But because all of the furnishings are... neutral in color (actually transparent in the case of the posts on the bed), the overall effect is stunning but not overly stimulating. Takeaway tip: if you want to use very strong color on your walls, balance it out with neutrals in the furniture, floors and accessories.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Sophisticated Girl's Bedroom
Who says a girl's pink bedroom has to be sweet and cutesy? This fresh -- and yet sophisticated -- room designed by The Way We Are shows off a French-inspired toile de jouy patterned headboard, fun window treatments, and just-enough-pattern bedding that added all together, creates a great design that would not only thrill just about any young girl, it would equally delight most teens and even adults. Plus, this room can be transformed easily into a guest bedroom by changing out the accents,... such as new decorative pillows and artwork.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Vibrant Pink Grows Up
Even vibrant, hot pink is a viable choice for the master bedroom, as long as you balance it with a base of white (as in this contemporary bedroom designed by Fabrizia Frezza Architecture and Interiors) or another soft neutral, such as pale gray, sand, or cream. Go ahead and get bright with the bedding and smaller accents throughout the room, but keep the walls and floors neutral. This bedroom shows a creative use of color that works well with the ceramic tile floors (an unusual flooring choice... for the bedroom), while still maintaining balance and harmony.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Fresh, Modern Take on Pink
While contemporary style is often a study in gray or other subdued colors, there are always exceptions to the rule, especially if the design and concept is well thought-out. A good example is this contemporary bedroom designed by CWB Architects, which uses a bright pink wall color with two neutral secondary colors--white and brown--along with a couple of lively accent colors--baby blue and sage green--to create a wonderfully relaxed and updated style that would work just as well in a teen or... guest room as in the master bedroom.The animal print area rug adds an extra touch of fun.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Classic Pink and Green
Lime green pops when used with bright shades of pink, as seen in this pretty bedroom decorated by Susan Sutherlin Designs. This combination is often used in teenage or little girl bedrooms, but if combined with sophisticated patterns and decor, the color scheme also fits nicely in a master or guest bedroom. The key to successfully working this palette is the use of plenty of white to create the harmony needed in your design. Notice also how the drapes match the throw blanket and shams; limiting... the patterns in the room is another way to keep bright color under control.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Combine Shades of Pink
Looking for an easy way to decorate with color? Then go ahead and mix a lighter version of your favorite hue (here it’s pink, of course, but the same principle applies with any color) with a few pops of the same color’s brighter or darker version, and then balance it all out with plenty of white. The result is a gorgeous, monochromatic color scheme that is both easy and failproof. The lovely bedroom shown here was designed by 3 Doors Down Home Staging and Redesign, and shows how well a... monochromatic palette works to visually enlarge a very small space.