Pink is your favorite color. It always has been. Your parents painted your room in a soft pink when you were growing up. These days, your wardrobe is still full of pieces in the color and your favorite part of summer is getting a hot pink pedicure. Problem: you have a husband. Ok, it’s usually not a problem, particularly on your birthday or Valentine’s Day, but it makes pink home decor a struggle.
“Pink is a very gender-specific color and I think that’s because we decided long ago that pink is for girls and blue is for boys,” said Kim Radovich of Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design. “That’s always been interesting to me because I feel like we set these parameters for people and then we make an assumption that that’s the rule of law and then we never go outside the box. I think that it’s really important to remember that if you can take away the gender-specific label on the color pink, the world is your oyster.”
We’re not going to solve gender stereotypes in a single Pulse article (though it would be nice), but we can help you add some pink decor to your home without pissing off the man in your life. In fact, he might not even notice.
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Pick the Right Pink
There are way more than 50 shades of pink. Choosing the right one is essential if you want to create a grown-up space that won’t make your husband cringe.
“I do think that men resonate towards the pink color and as long as it’s not glaring and in their faces they don’t think of it as pink,” Radovich said. “Saturated pink is not a color I’d use unless I was doing…a teenager’s bedroom.”
Pros like Radovich pay attention to hue, color saturation, Chroma and intensity. She loves working with softer shades like a dusty rose. “It’s very, very effective as that little signature color that you’re adding into the space.”
Choose Complimentary Shades
Sorry, but your all-pink room has to stay a thing of the past, but by anchoring a space in a neutral, you can get your pink fix while allowing your guy to keep his manhood. Radovich’s bedroom walls are upholstered in an elephant-skin color and chocolate brown and have pretty touches of pink and ivory.
“The deepest chocolate with the softest gray, the dustiest, softest pink and ivory is a show stopper every time,” she said. “It’s sophisticated, it’s elegant and it’s fabulous in a living room, bedroom and dining room.”
Black and taupe also pair well with dusty rose, and strategic layering helps.
“My husband has no idea that there is a drapery in the bedroom that has a pink tone to it and that’s because it is not saturated and it’s layered with gray,” Radovich said.
Find the Balance
He’s the yin to your yang in real life and you love that, so replicate that in your home for relaxing vibe. “Balance is huge, the whole idea of balancing a space with color and what we believe to be masculine and feminine is very soothing to us as people living in a space,” Radovich said. To achieve optimal feng shui, Radovich advises making sure furnishings are masculine in their lines by using strong geometry. One more tip: “Keep the florals to a minimum or completely nix them.”
And If He’s a Pink Hater…
If your hubby doesn’t subscribe to the “real men wear pink” movement and you’re trying to pick your battles, go for little touches. Art is a great place to look.
“Whether you’re looking at abstract art or impressionist art, you’re going to find pink everywhere,” Radovich said.
Slip a few books with touches of pink on their spines on bookshelves and coffee tables and a pink throw. This can also be where you insist on adding a pink floral arrangement. Peonies are Radovich’s favorite.
“There’s nothing more stunning, more beautiful than full-fledged pink peonies.”
And he owes you a big bouquet of it for not decking your walls with your all-time favorite color.