How To Work With the Color Pink – It’s Not Just For Millenials!



Hi Everyone,

Working on this post from 36,000 miles in the air – winging it down to Miami for a three-day cruise with some of my interior design girlfriends.

Feeling much love which reminds me that it’s almost time for VD Day. (yes, I know that the “Day” is redundant.)

And that reminds me of the color pink.

And that reminds me that I haven’t done a post about pink in quite a while. But there is quite a nice post about the color pink here.




Fair enough. Believe me. Sitting in front of the exit row with not being able to move my seat back and the seat in front of me, can; back as far as it will go and subsequently practically eating my computer screen is not a vacation! (yet)

And besides. I LOVE to write!

But, no worries. I will not be sitting in front of my computer nearly as much as usual. And most of this post is done already.


The color pink, I find is one of those colors that people either love or hate.


There is a post about rethinking pink which you can read here.


And of course, much has been said about Ben Pentreath’s gorgeous living rooms with pink walls.

You can see his living room here, here, here and here’s where you can find out the Benjamin Moore Equivalent.


But many interior designers and life style mavens are embracing the color pink.


And it’s not just people born between 1980-2000 – aka: Millenials and their favorite color – Millenial pink.


Aerin Lauder who designs for Williams Sonoma Home.

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Others who embrace the color pink


Suzanne Kasler


christopher-hodsoll-kent-mirror Amanda Lindroth - House Beautiful - pale color pink

 Amanda Lindroth

This probably isn’t pink, but let’s just say it is.

Summer Thornton color pink closet

Summer Thornton

Fabulous pink closet!

India Hicks Home Fine Art

India Hicks above and below loves pink!

You can see more of India here.

India Hicks Caribbean pink home - color pink sofa

The touches of black look so good with pink!

india-hicks-bahama-home-with-photography-art-wallI love how the pink flowers in the blue and white vase make this image from India Hicks’ home.

And I love this bedroom in India’s home with the art prints between twins of one of my favorite beds from Anthro.

And no, this isn’t a pink room, but there is some pink in the art. And I just love her style!

Campaign Canopy Bed From AnthropologieCampaign Canopy bed from Anthropologie



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The color pink is frequently seen in fine art.

Edward_Hughes_-_Juliette_Gordon_Low_-pretty in the color pink - detail

Let’s look at a detail of that dress.


bhdm-lonny-fireplace-gray-marble-rose-quartz-pink-artwork-builtins-fireplace-mantel-styling-mantel-decor - color pink bookcases


Love this dining room with the bookcases painted a deep, coral-pink inside.

And please check out the post about fireplace Mantel styling that this image was previously seen. There are a number of beautiful photos that have pink in them.

The color pink appears too many times to count in classical architecture; especially in Europe


Monaco France | English speaking French wedding photographers color pink

Simple Tapestry

Not sure if this is actually pink, but it looks pink. So pretty! And it’s in Monaco which has a lot of pink buildings!


The home of Karl Lagerfeld in Monaco from WWD

WHOA, is right!!!


An oft photographed door in Charleston, SC. Unfortunately, I could not find the photographer for this image.


Another lovely home with quite a weathered black door. But I love the classical surround and the pink clapboard looks great!

In the Laurel Home Essential Paint Color/Paint Palette Collection, there are 9 gorgeous shades of the color pink. And there are 135 other beautiful colors. All colors by Benjamin Moore.


Below are three of the pink colors from the Laurel Home Collection.


Benjamin Moore Opal oc-73

You can see a room in opal here.

See a room with pink cloud

Here’s a palette of colors with sunlit coral here.


And below, I created a widget with lots of beautiful items, or home furnishings featuring the color pink.



Hope this post gave you some good ideas for using the color pink in your rooms.




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  • Nicole - February 13, 2018 - 12:34 PM

    I love pink. My favorite artwork in my home is a set of three custom abstract paintings with shades ranging from blush to deep berry with little shots of chartreuse, golden yellow, and pale blue. That pink sofa is my dream come true. Anthropologie, of course, has some delicious pink murals and tapestries. Thank you for this post!ReplyCancel

  • Rose - February 11, 2018 - 9:17 PM

    Thank you for the ideas! I’m not really a pink fan either, but surprisingly, we just painted our living and dining room BM “Chippendale Rosetone” HC -58 (*almost* indistinguishable from Montecito Rose), and it is lovely in both day/night. My 4 yr old daughter also approves. Can’t wait to decorate with it!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:46 AM

      Rosetone for Rose. :] I’ll need to check that out when I get home. ReplyCancel

  • Judy - February 11, 2018 - 4:12 PM

    In the kitchenI have to work with pink corian counters, backsplash and hexagon floor tile.

    So now I am on the hunt to find a teal color for the walls to update the room as best as


    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:40 AM

      Hi Judy,

      Maybe a fabric or art with those colors will make it all look intentional.ReplyCancel

  • Em - February 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

    I empathize with that crazy reclining seat thing on your flight…drives me crazy.

    Enjoyed this post…the pink is so pretty when used as above.

    Btw…the portrait:
    Did you know JGL founded the Girl Scouts? Bet she didn’t wear that dress camping 🤣.

    Happy vacation!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:39 AM

      Hi Em,

      Yes! I did read that about JGL. Pretty woman. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah McGee - February 11, 2018 - 11:44 AM

    This post is, as usual, beautiful! I keep going through the photos. xo

    Have sooooooo much fun in the Bahamas!!! I’m SEW JELLY. Personally, I’ve been living a deep, deep seasonal depression and the idea of some sand and sunshine sounds divine. Furthermore, I think I’m more jealous of your friends because they get to go to the Bahamas AND hang with you!

    Wishing you safe travels, a belly full of good food (and dranks) with lots of sunshine. But mostly wishing you alllllll the warmth and laughter that fills you up after spending time with much loved girlfriends.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:38 AM

      Oh, I’m sorry that you’re feeling down Sarah. I’m at the airport now and boarding in about 45 minutes. Hate to leave Florida and we did have a wonderful time. But for 25 years only went away one time in the winter somewhere warm and I felt pretty depressed about it too. I’m grateful that I’m in a position to be able to go away now.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - February 11, 2018 - 11:39 AM

    I’m not a huge fan of the baby, blush or salmon-y pink. But I LOVE small bursts of raspberry or hot pink. The blue Chinese vase with the hot pink flowers is lovely. I also like a printed fabric with some bright pink in it….it really livens up a room, and adds freshness. It’s great used as a stand-in for red. I’ve read that every room needs to have a touch of red and a touch of black. I think a nice hot pink could do the trick as well.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:29 AM

      Hi Jennifer,

      That’s interesting about a touch of red. I always say black and white and my third is chartreuse or other green. But red is also a great way to wake up a tired space!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Villa - February 11, 2018 - 10:44 AM

    I love pink and I’m not a millenial 🙂 my bedding is white with a pink blanket at the foot of the bed that sits atop a subtle pink rug. Just a few pink accents here and there. In my family room I have light pink pillows mixed in on the couch. Our last home actually had very pale pink interior walls. It’s a lovely, happy color!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:27 AM

      Hi Christine,

      That all sounds very pretty! Hooray for pink!ReplyCancel

  • Susie - February 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM

    I can stomach pink if it is super grayed-down and muted, a very subtle dusty pink. Paint color “Sashay Sand” is a good one.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:26 AM

      Hi Susie,

      I like my pinks mixed and stay away from anything to pepto. :/ But dusty pinks are gorgeous too!ReplyCancel

  • Leslye - February 11, 2018 - 9:47 AM

    This was a great post. I especially liked the photo of the blue and white room with the strong pink flowers. I have noticed many, many images of beautiful rooms have just one touch of pink flowers. If one covers up those flowers, the room almost falls flat!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:25 AM

      Hi Leslye,

      It’s so true. I almost always feel that way when I look at photos of beautiful rooms that have great accessories. Cover them up and it’s certainly nice, but doesn’t feel nearly as wow.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - February 11, 2018 - 6:47 AM

    Thanks from Norway for the post, Laurel. I never thought I would 🙂 – but I actually have started to love pink interiors.

    Isn’t the reflection from the pink supposed to make us look better/more glamorous/less wrinkly?? That must be it, haha!

    Enjoy your holiday!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:24 AM

      Hi Michele,

      Absolutely! Pink is nature’s botox!!! LOLReplyCancel

  • alison alison - February 11, 2018 - 1:31 AM

    i painted our dining room walls pink ( kind of like that hartford leather chair color) and i love them, but now the gorgeous oil-based creamy trim that i used to adore…well, it looks like a birthday cake in there.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 13, 2018 - 11:24 AM

      Hi Alison,

      I don’t know if your furniture is back in or not. But certainly using numerous shades of pink, adding in some heft with blacks and browns, blues, corals or even a little yellow and definitely green will keep your room from looking like a birthday cake! Those colors could be in the art and/or accessories or fabrics/rugs, possibly. I like to think of my rooms as compositions and that is why I love to show beautiful fine art. The masters always get it right!ReplyCancel