10 pink kitchens that will put you in a sweet mood

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.


Kitchen by architect Emil Dervish

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….


The kitchen in Chez MARIE SIXTINE

…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.


Kitchen originally featured here

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.


Kitchen by Gisbert Pöppler

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.


Kitchen of Francis Upritchard and Martino Gamper as featured by NY Times

Put pink with black or grey for a classic but also very atmospheric outcome.


The Berlin kitchen of and by Peter Fehrentz


A detail in Moby cafe featured on We Are Huntly


Kitchen by Sarah Chambers, House & Garden. Image Chris Tubbs

Choose copper details and accessories – it’s as warming as the blush colour it complements.


The kitchen of food blogger Skye McAlpine

All images found on Pinterest.







Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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