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Think pink is just for little girls’ bedrooms and women’s wardrobes? We’ve delved deep into the archives to bring you the evolution of pink in furniture and interior design, and how the colour has broken down boundaries in interior design and fashion; food and film, art and architecture.
Firstly, let’s set the record straight. Pink is not feminine – indeed, far from it! Even as far back as the 18th century, men wore pink as a toned-down version of the war-like red, and in current day Japan, pink is recognised as masculine because the pink cherry blossom trees are said to represent fallen samurai. So if you want that pink throw rug over the couch or pink sink in the bathroom, go on and dial the pink right up!
Blush pink furniture and interior design is the latest in a very long line of pink trends over the decades.
Like everything, the colour pink has evolved over time. The spectrum of pink has expanded to range from the lightest pastel blush to the deepest fuschia, and it’s various shades have been heralded Pantone’s Colour of the Year three times in the last nine years. In 2011, it was the reddish-pink Honeysuckle that took out top place, while in 2016 the Colour of the Year went to the soft Rose Quartz, and this year, in 2019, it’s all about Living Coral!
From soft pink beds, to blush bathroom tiles, light pink furniture, and touches of wall art at the entrance or along corridors, pink has seen a resurgence in homes and offices. Pair them with warm, earthier shades like terracotta and mulberry, or contrast against white or black, and you can style any home with a dash of pink.
We know pink has been around for centuries, it was the dominant colour of whitegoods (and dare we say, toilets!) in the 1950s and Barbie became synonymous with the colour; but Blush Pink, or Millennial Pink, really only hit the scene in its current version in 2016 with the rise of Pantone’s Rose Quartz and the release of the iPhones in Rose Gold.
In 2017, Millennial Pink was the most searched term on Pinterest for back to work inspiration, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing the colour everywhere!
In a world where millennials are challenging traditional biases toward gender, Millennial Pink has kind of become the universal beacon for inclusion, equality and empowerment. In fact, when Rose Quartz was paired with Serenity Blue by Pantone, it was done so to reflect a balance of strength and softness. While the transition to Millennial Pink removed the blue tones, it still left a powerful statement that embodied what today’s culture feels when it comes to individuality and expression.
Yes, Blush Pink looks great against white, gold and black backdrops, but there’s no need to be defined or limited by this! With a multitude of Pink homewares and furniture to choose from, the colour is opening up the possibilities to create a more sophisticated style to suit any home or office. Go all out with a bed or accent chair in pink, or leave a more subtle impression with vases, throw rugs and cushions acting as pink accents instead.
It’s universally accepted that pink is here to stay, so in a world that gets more and more chaotic on the outside, pink offers the chance to retreat to a little softness at home on the inside.
Master the power of blush pink furniture and interior design at home:
Image via Carlile Hotel, Brisbane.