Gorgeous and Grown-Up Ways to Use Millennial Pink
Whether you call it Millennial Pink, blush, or just (pale) pink, this shade is a current design darling for good reason: It’s as versatile as a neutral, feels fresh and modern, and flatters all skin tones—plus, it’s just plain pretty. Here are 10 tips for using this this winning shade in any room.
Photo By: Kristie Hill, Colourcube Interiors; Photo by Gathering Light
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Photo By: Simone Haag in Collaboration with Nathan + Jac; Photo by Eve Wilson
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Photo By: Design by Samantha Nicholson, Encore Construction, Photo by Dan Cutrona
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Photo By: Design by Simone Haag in collaboration with Nathan + Jac; Photo by Eve Wilson
Don’t Go Too “Girly”
How can you use pale pink in a grown-up living space without turning it into a scene from Barbie’s Dream House? Easy: Pair the soft shade with furnishings that have a clubby silhouette, like the Chesterfield-style sofa in this room by Coddington Design.
Do the Unexpected
Have a Light Touch
No need to paint even a single wall Millennial Pink. If you’re worried about living with Millennial Pink long term, limit the color to accessories or elements that are fairly easy to replace if you tire of the color. For example, in this kitchen by Jackson Design and Remodeling, pink shades inside the geometric pendant fixtures add just a hint of the hue overhead—and cast a flattering rosy glow around the room, as well.
Use It as a New Neutral
Have Fun With Fabric
Unify Mixed Finishes
Creating a cohesive look in a space with a variety of wood and painted finishes isn’t always a simple proposition. One designer solution, showcased in this eclectic dining room by TerraCotta Design Build, is to use a warm neutral on the walls to bridge the divide between crisp white woodwork and light and dark woods. Millennial Pink is a refreshingly contemporary choice.
Yes, it’s the perfect shade of pink for contemporary spaces, but if "minimal" and "restrained" are in your decorating vocabulary Millennial Pink can still be your friend. Paired with rich patterns, formal furnishings, and the glint of gold, blush pink creates unmistakable old-Hollywood-style glamor in any room.
Create a Pastel Palette
Millennial Pink lives well on its own or with a mix of chic neutrals, but don’t be afraid to combine it with other colors, even pastels. Case in point: This relaxed dining area created by Brian Patrick Flynn, where swaths of blush pink on either side of the French doors create a flirty counterpoint for the robin’s egg blue dining chairs and the multicolored flatweave rug.