Soft and delicate but hardly saccharine, the pink inspired by the blossoms on a prized rose bush is lauded for its eye-catching beauty. When paired with soft whites, sandstones, and mellow peaches, it can create the same ethereal experience inside a room.
Designer: Lori Deeds Carlton, Kemble Interiors
Use a ratio formula to help you put together a color scheme. Choose one main color to serve as 40-60 percent of your color palette, then one to two supporting colors to comprise 30-40 percent of your color palette, and fill the remainder with one to two accents. Thinking of color this way helps you determine how much of each color to use. Go to the next slide to see how this scheme breaks out.
Pink is the star of this palette. When choosing paint colors, "keep them as close to nature as possible," designer Lori Deeds Carlton says. "Rather than thinking of bubble gum, which is artificial, think of a peony or rose."
While pink can be paired with almost any color (Carlton thinks of pink as a neutral and says it can be used anywhere you would use white), it's teamed with a sandstone color in this palette. The grayish tan serves as a supporting color. Use it in varying intensities for a harmonious, rather than one-note, composition.
Including darker shades of the main pink in this palette gives it grounding. But keep it all in the family. "You don't want to match an orangey pink with a pale one," Carlton says.
Incorporate a touch of green to complete the look. Try sage with pale dusty pinks or a pure green with orange-leaning pinks.
Rose Pink in This Space: The main rose color in this space (on the walls) is vibrant and relies on bright white for the supporting color. Green substitues for one of the accents and the second accent (a neutral) is represnted by rattan baskets.
If you want to add orange as an accent, shift your main and supporting colors to the warmer side. Look for pinks and neutrals that are slightly yellow.
Rose Pink in This Space: For a warmer look, the primary pink in this space is brighter and the rest of the colors are also warmer, ensuring that all of the colors play well together.
Pale pink flourishes in a room with plenty of natural light. "Then it can glow and step forward and away from neutrals," Lori Deeds Carlton says. The colors, combined with natural light, cast a flattering glow on skin tones, making skin appear bright and radiant.
Rose Pink in This Space: Almost every surface in this bedroom is pink. The monochromatic look soars, thanks to an assortment of textures.
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Neutral fabric (background): Milani Porridge RF 7157/38, Romo Fabrics; romo.com
Use for: Large upholstered pieces, such as a sofa
Pink-and-cream floral fabric: Plumeria Rose 906V63, Raoul Textiles; raoultextiles.com
Pink-and-cream paisley fabric: Raja Rose 806B63, Raoul Textiles; raoultextiles.com
Use for: One for curtains and the other for pillows or ottomans
Paint colors: Super White PM-1, Maritime White 963 (left), and Queen Ann Pink HC-60 (right), Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com