Decorating with…..Pink!

Pink is one of those colours that can make a room look fabulous or awful. We decorated our bedroom about eight years ago and I based it on a Laura Ashley wallpaper I had fallen in love with which came in a chalky shade of pink. It is no longer available sadly but it was called ‘Lari.’ There is a similar one available but it isn’t quite as delicate which is what I loved about it. We used it on the back wall only and painted the rest of the walls cream.

Our chalk pink bedroom

Our chalk pink bedroom

I love this room, it really is our calm retreat and I often struggle to drag myself out of that bed!! I also love to sneak away for 15 minutes to curl up in the corner chair with a good book and a cup of tea. (A rare but indulgent treat!)

Our sanctuary away from the chaos

Our sanctuary away from the chaos

The sloping eaves in the roof add character to this room but they do create a storage conundrum. We talked for ages about what to do with the corner space and in the end, we just went with stacked baskets at one end and the chair and footstool at the other.

That's our mirror leaning against the left wall. I'd love to get a cabinet built around that ugly TV.

That’s our mirror leaning against the left wall.

My sneaky retreat

My sneaky retreat

I do love pink in a room but I am aware that it can be overwhelming. Personally, I prefer to see it used as an accent colour but having scoured pinterest and the internet, I am convinced that it can be seriously beautiful used on the walls as well. (Best to keep it pale though?) Look at this oh-so-pretty girls room:

Pale and Interesting

Pale and Interesting

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I also found some ‘pretty’ amazing grown up bedrooms:

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

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It’s not just bedrooms that look great in pink though. Although I feel that the brighter shades of ‘hot pink’ are best in small doses, I have seen some pictures where they have been used with striking effect:

I love how pictures have been used to break up the striking pink walls in these rooms

I love how pictures have been used to break up the striking pink walls in these rooms

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I have also just received this month’s (July 2014) edition of Ideal Home magazine and was excited to see this spread which made me feel like I was on-trend ahead of time!!

Ideal Home July 2014 edition

Ideal Home July 2014 edition

So, what do you think? Would you consider pink as a room or accent colour in your home? After looking at all these lovely rooms, I think I’ve fallen even more in love with it. Apologies for the late post this week, let’s just say there were ‘technical issues’ but better late than never!

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Hope those of you in the UK are enjoying your bank holiday weekends. We are heading out to the garden to get started tidying up for the summer we are hoping we will have! (You can but hope!) Thanks so much for reading and have a great week….xoxo!

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10 comments

  1. Sally says:

    More than a few years back, I was very much into English country and Laura Ashley’s pink cabbage roses. I had a pale pink sofa and a Queen Ann style chair, white painted second-hand furniture, a few pieces of inexpensive porcelain and wonderful arrangements of peonies and roses. The room was very feminine and charming. It was my first foray into interior decorating (on a small budget) and I loved it. Whenever I see rooms with pink, I always smile. Thanks for the smiles.

    BTW: I am new to your pages and am catching up.

  2. Kerry says:

    Your bedroom is lovely and I love the pale and interesting inspo pic too. I love using pink with grey, I think it tones down the girlyness really nicely. My daughter has pale pink and blue in her room and she loves it! #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Kerry. Pink and blue has to be one of the all time best colour combinations! My daughter also has it in her room! xx

  3. Not A Frumpy Mum says:

    Your bedroom is so pretty, I really like pink,although I do prefer the paler shades rather than the bright pink. We’d planning to decorate our bedroom next year and I hadn’t really given pink much thought but it could really work. #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much. I have to say, pink would not have been my first choice but when I saw the wallpaper, I started planning the room around it in my head and that’s how it happened to finish up pink! I think we decorated this room around 10 years ago and I still love it just as much so it’s definitely an easy colour to live with! Thanks for stopping by xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much. I just love the pink things Laura Ashley do and had been working around to doing something pink with that as my inspiration. I figured if I was going to get away with it anywhere, it would be the bedroom as not many people go in there!! Good luck with the bedroom reno xx

  4. Caro | The Twinkles Mama says:

    I keep toying with painting our bedroom in pink!! Farrow and Ball do one called Middleton Pink and I keep saying I’m going to do it. Love a bit of pink, me!! :) Thanks for linking up with us lovely xx

    PS — hope to see you again tomorrow on #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      We have pink and grey in our kitchen too! (It’s one of my favourite colour combo’s.) I sold it as just ‘grey’ and then added all the pink bits!! #sneaky Thanks for reading xx

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