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Are You Brave Enough?


As seen in our last post, vibrant color can change the look of an entire space. One color often deemed too “girly,” is pink. While pink is associated with femininity, it’s perfect for summer and the right patterns, textures, and accessories can balance the hue. Take pink from a little girl’s room to the living room in a way that is grown-up and sophisticated, but fun. Do you dare to go pink?

Overdyed Rug

Photo via double g.

The vintage, rich pink rug serves as a focal point against white furniture and walls and imbues the eclectic space with a shot of glamor. The dark floors and black coffee table contrast perfectly.

Pink and red color scheme

Photo via Miles Redd.

Designer Miles Redd used pink to create a delicate touch, yet balances it with a dark, red tufted couch and metallic frames.

Light pink walls, once popular in historical homes, add a jolt to this living room. Black and gold accents prevent the color from appearing too candy coated. Traditional furniture appears aristocratic against the pink.

Geometric Fabric

Photo via Marcus Williams.

Add depth and lessen the frill-factor of a pink sofa with bold prints. These fabrics, from Stout Brothers’ new Marcus Williams’ division, tone down the rose shade and introduce a contemporary feel through geometric and Scandinavian-inspired textiles.

Eclectic living room

Photo via Elle Decor.

Muted pink walls can act as a neutral in an eclectic home. The color works perfectly with the classic elements, antiques, and more masculine wood floors. While some may think black is harsh against soft colors, the black frames actually bring elegance into the space.

Grey living room

Photo via Abigail Ahern.

Use hot pink for an unexpected twist. The charcoal walls aren’t depressing when a hot pink coffee table is thrown into the mix.

Have you used pink in interior design? How do you keep it from calling Barbie to my mind?


Author: Ella Design Group

Ella Design Group is a boutique interior design firm helping clients express their own unique story, one design at a time.

8 thoughts on “Are You Brave Enough?

  1. Thank you for putting Marcus William into this great post! We love the vivid colors and hope that everyone else will too.

  2. Great post. Pink can be so much fun and not girly when used like you’ve shown it. 🙂

    • Thanks for reading! I’m waiting for a client brave enough to go for a pink living room. I just checked out your blog. Love the post about the worst decorating advice. It had me laughing out loud.

  3. I’ve never used pink but I wouldn’t mind the pink sofa or the pink rug for a touch of color.

  4. These photos are soooo stunning. Im addicted to yellow at the moment so am trying to use pops of that wherever I can!

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