Pink Persuasion

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From fashion runways to home fashions, the color pink may be the “it” color this summer, driven in part by the highly anticipated Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, making its screen debut on July 21.

In a Barbie world, hot pink is the go-to shade, but if you’re exploring a pink paint scheme in your own dream house, “Consider the ambience you wish to create in a space,” says Ruth Mottershead, creative director of Little Greene, a UK-based paint and wallpaper brand.

“A bold pink such as ‘Leather’ adds energy and drama to a space, while a sweet pink such as ‘Confetti’ is playful and comforting,” Mottershead says. “Pastel pinks like ‘Hellebore’ are calm and make a room feel tranquil; the palest pinks that are made from white with a little hint of pink are sophisticated — they do the perfect job of providing warmth within a space.”

You also should consider the proportion of pink, Mottershead says. “A bold pink used all over makes for an impactful, striking scheme. If we were to use the same pink but in a much smaller proportion alongside a scheme of warm gray as the dominant color, for example, we would be left with a much gentler result.”

  • Leather™


  • Confetti™, paired with Livid™, a moody green.


  • Hellebore™ paired with Carmine™, a dusky pink (on chair).


From pink paint to pink lighting, appliances, artwork and more, there are numerous ways to tap into the pretty-in-pink aesthetic:


  • The PA Artichoke Pale Rose chandelier from Louis Poulsen distributes light evenly and softly, casting an inviting, warm glow. The chandelier honors Poul Henningsen’s original 1958 design in a newly available colorway.


  • Tempaper & Co.’s removable faux grass-cloth wallpaper is made with raised inks to mimic the feel of real grass cloth. Shown in pink and also available in other colors. Single roll, $47.99.



  • With the Rhombe Color range, Lyngby Porcelain from the Rosendahl Design Group adds color to the Scandinavian design tradition, bringing a whole new level to Rhombe’s classic dinner service collection. Shown is the elegant Rhombe Color vase in pink.


  • The Rhombe pattern comes from the Lyngby Porcelain archives and was first launched in 1961. Unlike at that time, the pattern on this elegant lunch plate has not been transferred to the handmade porcelain as a simple pattern, but used as a relief. This lends the plate a simple, classic look for everyday use and festive occasions.


  • Enjoy a hot cup of tea with the teacup and saucer in a stylish color mix.


  • Like all elements in the Rhombe Color series, candleholders feature the familiar rhomboid pattern, which emerges beautifully through the glossy glaze for a nice finish.



  • The Color Theory framed canvases from Uttermost capture a vibrant combination of magenta, tangerine, charcoal and white tones. Surrounded by a solid wood gallery frame in a gold finish, this piece may be hung horizontally or vertically. Artwork by Jill Martin. Set of two, $945.


  • The Beach Weather Poster from Desenio features abstract illumination with a woman wearing pink beachwear against a pink background. 12 by 16 inches, $21.95.



  • Penny Lane, a classic penny-round mosaic from Artistic Tile, offers countless possibilities to create a custom pattern. $68 per square foot. | Courtesy of Artistic Tile.


  • Rainbow Onyx from Artistic Tile is a standout Turkish stone featuring vibrant gold, white and brown veining with hints of pink. Scattered portions are semitransparent and can be back-lit for a beautiful effect. $126 per square foot. | Courtesy of Artistic Tile. Design by Widell + Boschetti



  • It’s the little details that make the Pierce Ottoman designed by Celerie Kemble for Taylor King so special. The generous top — upholstered in “Revival Blush” boucle — follows the shape of the curved “White Wash” wood finish base with inset turned legs accented with antique ferrules. $2,475.


  • The Abigail Swivel Glider with its plush comfort and stylish design makes the perfect touch to a nursery, bedroom or any cozy seating area. Shown in Rose Chambray fabric. $3,906.


  • Oomph’s Bedford Accent Chair is upholstered in vibrant “Blossom Prisma” with colorful banding below the seat cushion. Available in a choice of fabrics. $3,150.



  • Inspired by English watercolor paintings from the 1920s, Camelia Garden wallpaper depicts a beautiful trailing pattern of flowers and leaves. The wallpaper and Tadoba Velvet chair fabric are from Thibaut’s new Anna French Devon collection.



  • Big Chill’s new Retro Toaster — shown in Pink Lemonade — was designed to resemble a 1970s travel van, showcasing vintage curves and statement color-blocking details. $175.


  • In honor of the company’s 20th anniversary, Big Chill released a limited-edition color palette inspired by a playful Y2K aesthetic — a nod to when the brand was established in 2003. Shown is the 48-inch Retro Gas Stove in vibrant Berry, $8,495.


  • Smeg’s ’50s Style Retro FAB 28 Refrigerator with Ice Compartment blends Midcentury cool with modern innovation. About $2,499.



  • Tuck into crisp shirting stripes with casual resort-inspired bedding from Serena & Lily. A nod to relaxed, carefree days at the shore, the Beach Club Stripe Percale Sheet set in Seashell boasts a quintessentially summer vibe. Queen set, $178


  • At once feminine and tailored, Matouk’s Butterfield Duvet Cover in crisp white percale sheeting is adorned with oversize scallop details and subtle satin stitching. Shown in Azalea. Full/Queen set, $648


  • Soft curves define the elegant, upholstered Olivia Bed in Alice Blush fabric. Twin, $4,479; Queen, $5,106, King, $5,424.