When the Spring/Summer 2014 women’s fashions were introduced on the runways, Vogue, UK exclaimed, “If in doubt, make it pink, smother it with flowers and wear it with flat sandals next summer.” Now pink is jumping from women’s fashions to interiors. But the big question for most of us is how to use pink tastefully and how to avoid the dreaded syrupy look that many pink interiors are prone to. You need not fear any longer. The 15 interiors by top interior designers will show you several tasteful and stylish ways of decorating with pink and pink rugs.
Narciso Rodriguez Spring/Summer 2014 show the beauty of pairing a shimmering pinkish-coral with a rose-pink.
You can design an elegant pink salon with a cream rug as long as it has some pink, as Dries Van Noten did above.
Dries Van Noten chose a cream antique Chinese rug with pink highlights for the Pink Salon in his home in the storybook town of Lier, Belgium. The wallcovering is rose and gold and the fabrics are in several shades of pink, rose and coral. A black and gold Chinese cabinet picks up the black accents in the rug. This room shows that you do not need a pink rug to design a stylish pink room.
You can give a room a pink feeling by using smaller amounts of pink, and skilfully amplifying its effect as in the California living room of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The pink sofa fabric and red chair seat pop because they are placed on a brown contemporary rug. The brown sofa frame, brown coffee table and yellow walls further amplify the effect of the pink and red. The custom brown rug has shimmering white silk strié which adds movement.
Another way to design a chic pink room is to confine pink to the walls and one large piece of furniture and make the pink pop by using neutrals in the rest of the room.
For the New York headquarters of Moda Operandi, the luxury fashion site founded by Lauren Santo Domingo, designer Daniel Romualdez painted the walls a pale pink and chose an even paler pink fabric for the large sofa. Romualdez amplified the effect of the pinks by anchoring the room with a Moroccan style rug placed on top of a sisal rug. Romualdez added dark brown border bands to the beige sisal to link it to the brown in the Moroccan rug. Blue fabrics heighten interest by creating contrast.
Dries Van Noten’ Spring/Summer 2014 Collection shows the drama of pink and red florals on a brownish-black background.
You can create Bohemian living room by juxtaposing several shades of pink against black and dark brown. The black floral rug is a flat-weave Bessarabian rug, but you can create a similar effect with a black needlepoint rug that has pink and red accents.
Southern California designer Eric Guenther advises clients to use pink only in places where it can be easily changed without going through a lot of expense. He chooses neutral colors for the rug and for the larger upholstery pieces. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Guenther used pink only in places where it could be changed easily- the walls, pillows and just two upholstered chairs. He chose a beige and taupe Alcazar oriental rug because it can be used again if the color scheme is changed. The larger upholstery pieces are also in neutrals and will work with other color schemes. Lacquering the floor brownish-black heightens drama.
You can enliven a traditional room by use pink upholstery and drapery with a traditional red and blue oriental rug as AD100 interior designer Timothy Corrigan demonstrates with this elegant bedroom.
Even a small amount of pink can have a powerful impact if the rest of the room is in tonal shades of a neutral colors such as beige, taupe and white as in this elegant living room by Alessandra Branca.
Touches of pale pink in the Chinoisere wallcovering help tie the pink stools to the rest of the room. The sisal rug adds texture.
You can add drama and a modern vibe by pairing a red and blue oriental rug with black lacquered floors and using pink, coral and lemon yellow for the walls and fabrics.
You can design a very elegant living room by using pink in lots of places as long as you create a layered effect by with several close shades of pink and add contrast with large amounts of neutral greys and black.
AD100 designer Jamie Drake covered the largest surface in the room- the floor- with a grey rug. Without the grey rug and black sofa, this room would have turned syrupy sweet.
You can bring glamour and romance to a bedroom with Chinoisere and contrasting patterns in corals and pinks, as AD100 designer Mary McDonald did for a Hollywood mogul. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
When mixing fabrics and rugs create contrast by mixing organic and geometric patterns in different shades of pink and coral. The Bergamo needlepoint rug‘s organic pattern contrasts with striped bench fabric and the geometric wallcovering. The colors of the the rug, the fabrics and the wall covering are closely related and range from corals to pinks. The rug has corals while the bench and wall covering have pink and purple. The green wall on the right adds interest with a contrasting color. Without the green the room would be less interesting.
For a very sophisticated look use pale pink on the walls and a medium pink on smaller upholstered pieces. The rug should be in a contrasting color and the furniture in warm neutrals.
Designer Penelope Bianchi chose a faded red and blue oriental rug to pull together this elegant room. The two chairs are upholstered in neutral colored patterned fabrics that add interest and complexity.
Burberry Prorsum Pink lace dress for Spring/Summer 2014 is paired with sea-green and dark pink accessories.
You can create a sophisticated living room by pairing pale pink walls with a coral rug that has green and a touch of blue for contrast as in in Eric Guenther’s southern California showroom.
Guenther painted the walls a pale pink and chose the Lucia coral Savonnerie rug. Dark brown lacquered floors and white trim heighten the drama. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Design an elegant dining room by layering several shades of pale pink on the walls, furniture and fabrics and anchoring it all with a neutral rug such as the grey Oushak rug in Jane Fonda’s New Mexico ranch.
Fonda re-created the look of a rambling northern New Mexico ranch home by using rustic material and weathered finishes. “When Robert Redford came to visit,” Fonda told Architectural Digest, “he thought the house was at least a hundred years old.”
Give a traditional room a youthful and modern look by paring pale pink with bright orange and lots of white.
In the salon of the Irish Estate known as Bellamont Forest the walls are painted a pale pink and a custom bright orange neoclassical rug echoes the white neoclassical ceiling. The upholstery, wood trim, picture frames and baroque table are all white. Black accents add zip. This room looks surprisingly modern even though the architecture and furniture are all traditional.
If you decide to go all out with pink, make sure you add interest by using several shades of pink and balance them with contrasting colors and neutrals. If the room has only a few shades of pink and no contrasting colors, it will look too sweet.
In this bedroom the walls are a pale pink and the geometric flatweave rug adds several more shades of pink as well as contrasting and neutral colors- blue, purple, grey and beige. The fabrics add still more shades of pink as well as red, grey and blue.