Did you know that gender identification by colour only began in the early 20th Century – i.e. pretty recently – and a well-known book by French author, Xavier de Maistre, A Journey Around My Room (published in 1794) even recommended men employ pink in their rooms to promote a feeling of calm? Roll around to the current day and pink is one of the biggest colour stories in interiors for decades and is set to continue its march as Most Wanted Neutral. Pink is an equally good choice for lovers of crisp architectural style – see works by Luis Barragán and Le Corbusier – as well as those who embrace a softer, more relaxed decorating approach to their homes. Warm, uplifting and a great contrast tone for so many other colours pink has also become an unlikely but popular choice for kitchens. We’ve gathered 10 here, not a single one of them feeling to us either cutesy or sweet, but they might put you in a sweet frame of mind…
Try an all-pink kitchen for a clean-lined architectural look – handle-free units maximise the idea.
Pair pink with blue in shades that don’t feel too pastel-pretty – a grey-blue such as Parma Grey alongside a powdery pink colour, such as Pink Ground….
…Or a deeper blue (eg St Giles Blue) with a sludgier nude (try Setting Plaster).
Pink with green is a huge trend. Choose large surfaces to give each colour equal weight – pink units with green floor tiles or vice versa.
Paint the walls of your kitchen pink if you want to leave room for change in future. A bolder pink like Nancy’s Blushes can be employed with abandon.
Opt for small areas of pink to introduce the colour gently – you can always up your daring by putting it next to an intense yellow.
Put pink with black or grey for a classic but also very atmospheric outcome.
Choose copper details and accessories – it’s as warming as the blush colour it complements.
All images found on Pinterest.