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!!
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.)
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?
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.
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.
Another possibility? Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground.
Soft, Feminine Pinks Designers Prefer
Ever considered a pink ceiling? Consider what designer Jeffrey Bilhuber did.
Setting Plaster blush pink wall color by Farrow & Ball.
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!
This is one of Phoebe Howard’s favorites.
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!).
Here’s what designer Sara Story told House Beautiful about Calamine:
Love & Happiness
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.
Sophisticated Soft Pink Inspiration
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!
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.