Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors

Recently, I started thinking about painting a wall in our home pink. Maybe the studio? A spare bedroom? Then I stumbled upon an image of Moda Operandi’s New York showroom, and holy hand painted lovely pink de Gournay wallcovering, Batman!!

The South Salon features the decorative ‘Earlham’ Chinoiserie design; hand painted onto both wallpaper and silk blinds. Lauren Santo Domingo's Moda Operandi showroom in NYC. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors

Architectural Digest. Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors. Lauren Santo Domingo’s M’O showroom.

I just could not expel pink paint from my consciousness after that. Need proof? SEE THIS. When I arrived in Arizona last week, where I am staying at my folk’s beautiful home and where pink sunsets are legendary, wouldn’t you know it? My mom asked “How about a shade of soft blush for our bedroom?” Well. It appears PINK is having a moment with me. Hence, I said YES to my mom and to today’s Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors!

But which pink?

Pinks are tricky, aren’t they? Rewind to that M’O showroom in AD…it’s the brainchild of Lauren Santo Domingo. 8 years ago, she founded Moda Operandi with Aslaug Magnusdottir. Because of her exquisite taste and social media influence, Moda Operandi has been able to succeed in retail as others have faltered in recent years. (Online customers reportedly spend an average of $1,300 per order—$5,000 during fashion week!) Here’s what she told Town & Country about her process: “I can have 20 meetings to find the right color. How many pinks did we go through when we were doing our showroom? The hours just spent on de Gournay fabrics for this space. You can’t tire me out. I will get it right.”

I love that creative spirit of perseverance! Still with me? 20 meetings and THEN a series of trials for the right pink? Oy. But look at the results!

Here’s how I have helped my mom with her bedroom redesign project this week. First, we discussed the mood she wishes to create. (Sophisticated, romantic, and timeless.) Secondly, we discussed the room’s function and what might be added, subtracted, or rearranged. (Some furniture will be moved around, a bench will be reupholstered, new art is coming in.) Thirdly, we shopped for linens for the bed to guide our paint color journey and also art. (She found a gorgeous quiet greyed down rosy blush pink coverlet and shams, as well as a modern art piece featuring a lamb.)

Scripture and blush pink. She is strong - Isaiah 40:31 She is valiant - 2 Samuel 13:28 She is fearless - Proverbs 31:25 She is enough - Psalm 46:5 With so many stresses in life in can really bring you down. Luckily we can turn to the bible for light. Their are so many passages in the bible that can encourage and inspire a women. This inspirational print is a collection of bible verses specifically to lift up and encourage women. -Typography Theme -Different size options available #bibleverseprints

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The lamb art got us thinking about incorporating some word art on the walls as well–maybe a scripture verse from the psalms. Finally, I brought one of the shams with me to the paint department at Home Depot and searched for a pink that isn’t bright, isn’t suggestive of candy or kids’ rooms, and is going to feel chic and restful (with zero Pepto Bismol factor!).

After choosing the pink paint color, I brought home a sample pot and painted a large swath on her wall so she could live with it for a week or so. I leave for home tomorrow morning, and my folks plan to paint the entire wall with the bed before proceeding to paint more. Which pink paint was chosen? Keep reading to find out. And keep in mind, while we think it’s the right pink, it could take another trial or two since even the experts require a few.

Do you have a favorite pink paint color you like for walls or furniture?

Moda Operandi showroom in New York. The South Salon features the decorative ‘Earlham’ Chinoiserie design; hand painted onto both wallpaper and silk blinds. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors!

Architectural Digest. Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors. Lauren Santo Domingo’s M’O showroom.

Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors

The pink color at Moda Operandi’s showroom reminds me of the color of the ballerina pointe shoes in my collection of soft, satiny, dead ones.

Bought new pointe shoes today, my first after twenty years! Let's get started (again) - My feet remember this... (july 24th 2015)

Inspiring quote of encouragement. Handlettered on blush pink. #quote #encouragement #faith

The color-blocked stairway walls leading to the garden level were inspired by Le Corbusier’s home in the South of France. The hues were custom made, with a hand-rubbed wax finish by John Opella of Minium.

The color-blocked stairway walls leading to the garden level were inspired by Le Corbusier’s home in the South of France. The hues were custom made, with a hand-rubbed wax finish by John Opella of Minium. Architectural Digest. Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors. Lauren Santo Domingo’s M’O showroom.

Moda Operandi showroom in New York. The South Salon features the decorative ‘Earlham’ Chinoiserie design; hand painted onto both wallpaper and silk blinds. I

Architectural Digest. Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors. Lauren Santo Domingo’s M’O showroom.De Gournay hand painted wallpaper in pattern “Earlham.”

Peachy pink horizontal siding on a coastal cottage house exterior with a seafoam minty green painted door. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors!

Siding paint color: unknown. It feels coastal here, yes?

A huge trend in 2016, pale pink has held onto its title of most stylish wall colour, with interior designers still head over heels for the feminine shade. Not sure how to work blush into your home? See this story on Hello Lovely Studio!

Color on wall: unknown. Doesn’t it work magic with the gold toned chandelier?

Coastal Cottage 1164

When you are after a soft, shrimp-like, slightly salmon-y, European peachy pink, think about pastel oranges. This one from Benjamin Moore is called Coastal Cottage.

Blush pink paint color for walls. Coastal Cottage 1164 | Benjamin Moore. This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.

Coastal Cottage 1164 – Benjamin Moore. This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.

Sugarcane 1185

 

Blush pink paint color for walls. Sugarcane-1185 Benjamin Moore. This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.

Sugarcane 1185 by Benjamin Moore. This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.

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Pink Ground

Perfect light pink paint for walls! Pink Ground Farrow & Ball. This dusty pink started out as a delicate wallpaper background which was often requested as a paint colour. Pink Ground, with its large dose of yellow pigment, now creates the softest blush of colour for a warm and soothing finish that doesn’t feel sugary. Rather than contrasting with a bright white, try pairing with the warmer shade of Great White on the woodwork for a unique look in your home.

Pink Ground 202 – Farrow & Ball. This dusty pink started out as a delicate wallpaper background which was often requested as a paint colour. Pink Ground, with its large dose of yellow pigment, now creates the softest blush of colour for a warm and soothing finish that doesn’t feel sugary. Rather than contrasting with a bright white, try pairing with the warmer shade of Great White on the woodwork for a unique look in your home.

Another possibility? Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground.

Hallway - 'mosaic del sur' ceramic concrete tiles, F&B pink ground paint colour, bespoke under-stair storage, cocker spaniel dog

On walls, Farrow & Ball Pink Ground.

Pink ground wall paint color by Farrow & Ball. A gorgeous blush pink vintage door in an English home. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors

Door color: Farrow & Ball Pink Ground paint color.

Velvet and Linen's pink bathroom with Farrow & Ball Pink Ground paint color, vintage portrait gallery and pedestal sink. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors on Hello Lovely Studio!

Velvet and Linen/Farrow & Ball Pink Ground paint color.

Farrow and Ball Pink Ground

Paint color on walls: Farrow &Ball, Pink Ground.

Soft, Feminine Pinks Designers Prefer

Ever considered a pink ceiling? Consider what designer Jeffrey Bilhuber did.

A pink ceiling in a Seattle living room by Jeffrey Bilhuber. Setting Plaster is the pink paint color used. This dusty pink is named after the blushing walls we often admire in newly plastered houses. It is definitely a pink in historic terms, but has a certain softness to it due to the inclusion of yellow pigment. Our timeless Setting Plaster creates a wonderful backdrop to antique furniture, and also works incredibly well when paired with Mahogany in a more contemporary home.

Photo: Richard Powers. Interior design by Jeffrey Bilhuber. Pink ceiling: Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster.

Setting Plaster

Setting Plaster pink. A gorgeous sophisticated dusty pink paint for walls. Farrow & Ball Estate No.231 Setting Plaster. This dusty pink is named after the blushing walls we often admire in newly plastered houses. It is definitely a pink in historic terms, but has a certain softness to it due to the inclusion of yellow pigment. Our timeless Setting Plaster creates a wonderful backdrop to antique furniture, and also works incredibly well when paired with Mahogany in a more contemporary home.

Setting Plaster 231 – Farrow & Ball. This dusty pink is named after the blushing walls we often admire in newly plastered houses. It is definitely a pink in historic terms, but has a certain softness to it due to the inclusion of yellow pigment. Our timeless Setting Plaster creates a wonderful backdrop to antique furniture, and also works incredibly well when paired with Mahogany in a more contemporary home.

 

Setting Plaster pink paint color. Jeffrey Bilhuber designed room with pink ceiling. Paint color is Setting Plaster. This dusty pink is named after the blushing walls we often admire in newly plastered houses. It is definitely a pink in historic terms, but has a certain softness to it due to the inclusion of yellow pigment. Our timeless Setting Plaster creates a wonderful backdrop to antique furniture, and also works incredibly well when paired with Mahogany in a more contemporary home. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors!

Photo: Richard Powers. Ceiling paint color: Setting Plaster by Farrow & Ball. Interior design by Jeffrey Bilhuber.

Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster pink paint color on wall in classic luxurious bathroom.

Blush pink paint color is Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster.

The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's pale pink Setting Plaster. The off-white used on cabinets, paneling, and ceilings is Rolling Fog from UK paint company Little Greene. The lime-washed oak floors feature underfloor heating throughout.

Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster is a beautiful dusty light pink paint color.

Setting Plaster by Farrow and Ball

Setting Plaster blush pink wall color by Farrow & Ball.

Setting plaster blush pink paint for walls. Farrow & Ball.

Isn’t this a gorgeous shade of gorgeous dusty pale pink? Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster.

I love the interior design genius of Phoebe Howard, and she provides a palette with her book here:

Just look at this gorgeous feminine bedroom!

White Dogwood pink paint color by Sherwin Williams. This pink feminine bedroom designed by Phoebe Howard is inspiring us today! Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors on Hello Lovely Studio!

Phoebe Howard. Pink paint color: White Dogwood by Sherwin Williams

White Dogwood

This is one of Phoebe Howard’s favorites.

white dogwood by sherwin williams

White Dogwood 6315 – Sherwin Williams

Beautiful soft pink on walls in room with design by Phoebe Howard: White Dogwood.

Beautiful soft pink on walls in room with design Phoebe Howard: White Dogwood.

Gorgeous classic room design with blush pink walls, slipper chair, and acrylic coffee table. Design by Phoebe Howard. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors on Hello Lovely Studio!

Room design: Phoebe Howard:. Paint color: White Dogwood.

Baby girl nursery kites inspired by hgtv's Fixer Upper. Paint: Sherwin Williams Pink Dogwood

A beautiful soft, feminine blush pink paint color for walls: White Dogwood.

A Greyer Blush Tone

Here’s a warmer shade of blush pink, and I love wearing this color when my skin is tan (which only happens from a spray tan these days!).

 Gorgeous rustic yet feminine bathroom with vessel sink and wall mounted faucet. Pink paint on wall is CALAMINE by Farrow & Ball. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors on Hello Lovely Studio!

Farrow & Ball, Calamine

Calamine 230 pin paint color. Farrow & Ball. Calamine is indeed named after the lotion we all used as children to soothe nettle stings and rashes! A light touch of grey prevents this subtle pink from being too sugary, giving a much fresher finish. In smaller rooms it becomes intense, but in larger well lit rooms it feels much more delicate.

Calamine 230 – Farrow & Ball. Calamine is indeed named after the lotion we all used as children to soothe nettle stings and rashes! A light touch of grey prevents this subtle pink from being too sugary, giving a much fresher finish. In smaller rooms it becomes intense, but in larger well lit rooms it feels much more delicate.

Chambre en Farrow & Ball Calamine

Calamine by Farrow & Ball.

Here’s what designer Sara Story told House Beautiful about Calamine:

victorian living room, farrow & ball calamine walls, scolari light ,Harry Bertoia chair, rose gold mirror, carrara marble fireplace, ceiling rose,farrow & ball skimming stone floorboards, skimming stone.

A beautiful pink by Farrow & Ball, Calamine

First Light

First Light 2102-70 A pale gray undertone makes this subtle pink almost neutral; a delicate shade evocative of a field of wildflowers caressed by the wind on a summer day.

First Light 2102-70 – Benjamin Moore. This almost weightless shade of brownish-pink mirrors the quiet stillness of the early morning hours, imparting a sense of calm and tranquility to any space.

First Light pink paint color by Benjamin Moore. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors on Hello Lovely Studio!

A beautiful blush pink: First Light by Benjamin Moore.

Love & Happiness

Benjamin Moore: Love & Happiness 1191 Coordinates with Whckham Gray HC 171. This subtle pink fills a space with gentle good feelings. Not too bright, it whispers softly like the refrain from a favorite love song.

Love & Happiness 1191 – Benjamin Moore. This subtle pink fills a space with gentle good feelings. Not too bright, it whispers softly like the refrain from a favorite love song.

 

 

Pink Girl Bedroom with Love & Happiness pink walls by Benjamin Moore. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors on Hello Lovely Studio!

Shea McGee Design. Pink paint: Benjamin Moore Love & Happiness.

Pink Paint Colors for Girl Room: Love & Happiness by Benjamin Moore. This subtle pink fills a space with gentle good feelings. Not too bright, it whispers softly like the refrain from a favorite love song.

Benjamin Moore Love & Happiness 1191. Shea McGee Design

Peignoir

Farrow & Ball Estate Peignoir No 286 - Matt Emulsion Paint - 2.5L

Peignoir 286 – Farrow & Ball. This grey pink has a romantic feel inspired by the chiffon gowns in which ladies traditionally brushed their hair. Created by giving the softest of pinks a big dose of grey, Peignoir has a unique depth which brings walls to life. It works perfectly in homes both old and new with any of our Contemporary Neutrals, or with Brassica and Pelt.

Farrow & Ball Paint: Peignoir Remodelista.

Peignoir by Farrow & Ball (via Remodelista).

Inspiring scripture about gratitude with watercolor. Give thanks. Psalm 106:1 #quote #gratitude #scripture #faith #psalm106

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture

A beautiful Farrow & Ball pink: Peignoir.

A soft blush pink bedroom with Farrow & Ball's Peignoir

Peignoir by Farrow & Ball (Photo: catesthill)

The greatest of these is Love, God's love. Abide in His love. We love because He first loved us. #NothingwithoutHislove

Cameo Stone

This is the color we are testing on my mom’s bedroom walls to see if it works with the natural light the space receives. It’s a soft, greyed down, rosy pink which could easily work with lavender or light grey accents. We are thinking about a tone on tone feel, so this shade of blush pink is a bit lighter than the rosy pink bed linens.

Cameo Stone pink wall paint by Behr. Come see the Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors on Hello Lovely Studio! #behr #blushpink #cameostone #paintcolor

Cameo Stone – Behr.

Blush pink paint color for walls. Cameo Stone by Behr. N-160-1.

Cameo Stone N160-1 – Behr.

Sophisticated Soft Pink Inspiration

Blush pink bedroom with wicker bed designed by Suzanne Kasler for Ballard Designs.

Pink walls in girls bedroom with canopy bed dressed in bold French country linens.

A pretty in pink bedroom with classical decor and interior design by Amy Meier. #blushpink #bedroom #chic #classic

Interior design by Amy Meier.

Sherwin Williams – Intimate White.

NOW I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU, THE LOVELY TRIBE OF SEASONED DECORATORS! What are your sentiments toward pink? Why does it scare so many folks? Are you comfortable in a pink room?

Random: When I started this post, I was choosing a pretty pink for my mama as I visited her with my sisters below (those are my chicken legs at sunset in La Jolla). I just flew home this morning and am gearing up for re-entry in the heartland where skies are grey! The pink here is cheering me right up. I hope it uplifts you too!

Three blonde sisters on La Jolla beach at sunset.

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I will keep you posted on the pink bedroom progress at my mom’s!

For another cheerful recent story with pink, visit this. If you missed our tour of designer Jane Moore’s gorgeous European country home, do give that photo gallery a whirl! And if the classically designed rooms included in the collection above appeal, see this.

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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16 Comments

  1. June 12, 2018 / 4:35 am

    The subtle pink paint combo is really subtle for a peaceful home 🙂

    • michele
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. Tracy
    June 12, 2018 / 9:41 am

    Yes! I’m watching pink very closely these days too. I started sloooow with a pale pink coverlet that is longer than my top comforter (pale) and it’s pale ruffles peek out longer. Rest of area pale grey and pale blue-grey. But I really like seeing the pink! Not too much though. Of your paint samples I lean towards the pale pink grey versus pink orange. Hope your mothers room turns out lovely, I think it will!! Such a labor of love. Such a sisterhood too.

    • michele
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      I agree about your preference for the pinks with more grey and “dusty” factor. The peachy pinks could definitely read orange depending on natural light. Your coverlet sounds perfect, and that is a smart way to bring in pink for a subtle effect. Peace to you. xox

  3. Tracy
    June 12, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Ps. I awwwed out loud when I saw the pink nursery with the linen kites! <3 sweet

    • michele
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 1:04 pm

      Who could resist linen kites!?! Thanks for adding to the beauty here! 🙂

  4. Connie
    June 12, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Ah, the depths of pink which can soothe the tired soul or enliven those whose heart needs a lift!

    Pink has so many more facets to it than the bubble-gum, sugary notes most people think of when they hear the word “pink”.

    I think pink can be as hard to get right as choosing the perfect white. But when one hits on the right one, in the right space, it becomes magical. It’s said that almost all people look better in a pink room; pink highlights and enhances everyone’s skin tones.

    I have toyed with the idea of a very subtle pink for our living room. It has gorgeous light all day long and really comes into its own in the afternoon sunshine from the huge west window. When entertaining in the evening, the soft pink would be flattering to all. My hubby says “my masculinity wouldn’t be harmed at all if the living room was pink”. 😉

    Finding that perfect blush of pink, that often Nature seems to keep only for herself, is truly an exercise in patience, hopefully followed by complete and utter satisfaction.

    I cannot wait to see photos of your mom’s bedroom! I’m sure it’s going to be stunning!

    • michele
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      Ahhhh, I forgot to discuss the flattering effects of pink you hit on, friend! Smart points you are making here, and I’m so grateful you take the time to add to the beauty. I love pink living rooms when the pink is the right hue is considered for the space’s light. I’ll keep you posted on the pink bedroom! xox

  5. June 12, 2018 / 10:55 am

    The palest pinks are my fav! They’re sophisticated. I love the kites in the nursery and the bathroom with all of the original figure paintings!

    • michele
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Isn’t Brooke’s former bathroom project amazing! I always loved that pink bathroom of hers! xox

  6. June 12, 2018 / 6:49 pm

    Michele, what a wonderful post! I love pink and even have a pink pinterest board, sadly no pink room in the house. You have put together a beautiful post filled with so many fabulous pinks. I m looking forward to seeing your moms room. Happy Summer friend.

    • michele
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 11:51 pm

      I will check out that pink board – fabulous! I’m looking forward to seeing it as well…hoping they put it together soon. Happy summer, friend. xox

  7. Kristin
    June 12, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    I love the soft pinks. I am painting my studio in the new house a pale pink, perhaps SW Intimate White. I haven’t had a client warm to the idea yet. I think we will continue to see the pink trend!

    • michele
      Author
      June 12, 2018 / 11:50 pm

      That’s a beautiful choice. I agree. I think most people would consider it a daring move and can’t imagine a tasteful effect. But it’s so timeless! Thanks for reading.

  8. Alice Genzlinger
    June 20, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Love pink but don’t have much of it in my home. However the powder room by the front foyer is done in a pink wallpaper that looks like the walls are tufted. I love it and saw an idea this week so ordered the dish cloths to use rolled up in a tray to dry hands. Am having my bedroom painted and I love the pink choices you gave us. The bedding is done in all white so don’t think anything will change except he walls and my woodwork will also be white. Can’t wait.

    • michele
      Author
      June 20, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      And now I can’t wait! Hope you enjoy the linens! My mom’s bedroom was painted last weekend, and I’m excited to see the room come together – very exciting. Not sure if my studio is going to get some light pink or if I’ll go in a cool blue direction. 🙂

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