Friday 11 October 2013, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Colours
If you haven’t already heard, let us be the first to tell you that pink is officially back in a big way. No longer relegated to the bedrooms of young girls, pink can be seen on catwalks and in new and emerging designs at high-end shows from Maison D’Objet in Paris to 100% Design in London.
If when you think of pink your mind automatically conjures up images of Barbie, bubble-gum shades and spaces that can only be described as ‘girly’, you’re not alone - but it doesn’t have to be that way. When used thoughtfully, pink can add a sense of warmth, playfulness and vibrancy to any space.
One of the cardinal rules to creating a pink scheme that doesn’t overwhelm is to use sparingly and as an accent in key areas. Whilst wall to wall pink can be jarring, elements of pink used to create a feature wall or focus area can look stunning. Combine your pink with a neutral shade such as subtle, chocolate brown or sophisticated grey for a grown up look that is soothing yet inviting.
Pink can also be dramatic when paired with inky black, providing a strong contrast that anchors the shade to prevent the look becoming overly feminine. These Andia Constellation glass tiles (shown top) add extra vibrancy with their glittering, metallic finish. Certainly not a look for the faint hearted!
The type of tile you choose will also have an impact on the space. Actamira mosaics combine shades of pink and purple to create a girlish vibe that can be augmented by the inclusion of fresh flowers – this could be perfect for transforming your bathroom into a spa-like retreat. Opting for a mosaic tile in one key shade is a more subtle way of using this trend, the Frankincense tiles (shown right) are an excellent example.
Dusty, blush pink is a particularly popular shade at present, and one of the easiest to use. It slots well into neutral schemes and is less daunting than its more vibrant relatives. Pink also works particularly well when combined with accents of gold, so if fun and opulence is what you’re after, this cold be the trend for you!