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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.


The Dulwich Picture Gallery


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.


Lilly Pulitzer‘s Store in Palm Beach Gardens, FL created by Print & Pattern via The Selvedge Yard


via haute mama’s faves


The Office of Ines de la Fressange via Girl Whimsy


via absolutely beautiful things


Kim Beck’s art installation HolyMoley Land via Ideal Cities


Bisazza via Vintage Modern


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?

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Trish #

    Great post Kate. Gotta love pink I say. I love that quote about pink being the navy blue of India. Personally I think they, and you, have a point. Pink is almost a neutral in a way. A colour bomb kinda neutral.
    My first go round with pink was raspberry, now I’ve moved to orange-y puce-y pink and the change I’m feeling like is maybe a pastel, strawberry sort of hue. Even within pink, the palette is endless. Well, almost.

    How good is pink with those chartreuse/mustard-y tones in Betsey Johnson’s pad? And with gold it really is the goods.

    July 1, 2013
    • kate #

      yeah, loving the mustard with pink combination . . . who would have thought? I get what you are saying about pink being a kind of neutral – especially the orange/yellow ones. the blue based ones are more pop and in your face. I recently went ultra dark in the dining room and it looks incredible and it is so photogenic, but for that particular room and with the lack of light it sucks the life from me and everything in it . . . so it has to go . . . and now I am thinking why not pink again? the painters land on Thursday so must decide . . .

      July 1, 2013
  2. Kim #

    Hi Kate – Thanks such a lovely post – such gorgeous shades of pink. I would love to go pink – maybe in a bedroom or bathroom…..

    July 5, 2013

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