Dare to go do pink walls?
I used to have a metallic pink dining room. Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of it. But, I loved it. It was sophisticated and stunning and inspired by the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the oldest picture gallery in England, which opened its doors to the public in 1817. It is also a colour favoured by Mexican architect, Luis Barragan and can be found in everywhere in India, most notably the Pink Palace.
Luis Barragan via DecoArq
The Pink Palace, Jaipur
It’s been only 60 years since pink has been so strongly associated with girls. In fact, in 1918 a trade publication for American department stores advised its readers that “the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Another reason was that the Virgin Mary is traditionally in blue and hence it was thought to be a feminine colour.
It is sad that pink is now exclusively associated with little girls, because people are frightened to use it. A few years ago, I purchased an amazing raspberry Madeleine Weinrib rug at a tag sale. The reason why I managed to nab it was because another woman who loved it was concerned that her husband would find it too girlie and not want it in their home. So she opted for the beige version. Her loss was my gain.
I have show-cased pink before on urban kaleidoscope: Betsey Johnston’s apartment, Trish Pinto’s apartment and an ode to pink and I am doing it again because it is just so fabulous. Those who dare to use it are rewarded.
The Office of Ines de la Fressange via Girl Whimsy
Kim Beck’s art installation HolyMoley Land via Ideal Cities
Liza Bruce’s living room in Jaipur, India via Elle Decor
via Fresh Homes
I am using an incredible pearlescent pink-purple paint for a job I am currently doing. It’s the wash-basin area of an exclusive hair salon in Melbourne. The 2nd coat of paint is being sprayed on as I write this and I can’t wait to show you the results.
Have you ever gone pink? Or would you?