I’m obsessed with dark, dramatic walls in downstairs rooms, but love light, feminine hues in bedrooms. My husband and I generally make home decor decisions as a team, but on this pink guest room project he left me to my own devices. As he pointed out: “I won’t have to sleep in there.” (Although, this isn’t strictly true after a night on the beer!)
Luckily, pink is on trend this season (read our report here) but, not wanting it to resemble a kids bedroom or a tacky boudoir, I chose Farrow and Ball’s Calamine for the walls as it was the right soft, dusky shade for the vintage French look I wanted. To stop it tipping into twee territory, I accessorised clashing graphic monochrome prints and bright pops of fuschia with tonal grey and white.
I love vintage furniture and I’ve learned to wait patiently to source exactly what I want. We got these white haberdashery drawers years ago from an auction house when we lived in London, but it took over a year to find the right vintage grey coffee table trunk. I was thrilled when I came across it in an antiques centre in Chichester. The satisfaction of finding something original always makes up for the frustration of having to wait (or so I tell myself!)
I had a strict budget, so even if it’s not vintage/second-hand like the bed, chest of drawers and chandelier (upcycled after buying from eBay) it was still a bargain. This Made.com sofa was in the sale and the rug is from Homesense, one of my go-to’s for gorgeous interior bargains. It’s the perfect final touch for my pink room.
3 steps to stealing my pink room style
1. embrace grey
Our hallway, stairs and landing are painted Farrow & Ball Manor House Grey , I’ve used dark accents here too – it’s the perfect partner for pink.
2. pick perfect pink accessories
I’ve added small touches of pink with accessories like a vase, throw and candles. Next on my list is this pink record player!
3. mix your monochrome prints
Geometric prints in a monochrome palette will give a grown-up look.