The perfect pink paint color can be elusive, don’t ya think? About a year ago, I helped my mom choose a pink for the walls of her bedroom, and although it took her a little time to get used to, she now loves it. Subtle & Sophisticated Pink Paint Colors For Interiors will share some of my personal favorites, designer curated choices, and advice for arriving at the right pink paint color for your specific space.
Subtle & Sophisticated Pink Paint Colors For Interiors!
Mama’s Pink Bedroom
Not the best photos since the Arizona sunlight was so intense when I was snapping, but here is the barely there pink we chose for mom’s bedroom: BEHR Cameo Stone. It’s very sophisticated and because of the brown, muddy undertones, it doesn’t read sugary sweet or baby nursery.
We’re thinking about tweaking the finish on her bedroom furniture, but she is choosing to live with the combo for now.
There are also aqua accents throughout the room, and it’s a soft and tranquil mood in here that you might think would read too feminine for a master bedroom, but feels just right for my folks.
How to Choose the Right Pink
Pinks are surely one of the trickiest paint colors to get right, and you certainly shouldn’t expect to quickly run to the paint counter and make a decision.
In the Moda Operandi showroom below, founder Lauren Santo Domingo told Town & Country it can take 20 meetings to arrive at the precisely right shade!
But what if you aren’t working with an interior designer and don’t have a staff or access to color consultants for a dozen brainstorming sessions? Here’s my preferred method for choosing the just right pink paint color for your space:
My Favorite Way to Choose Paint Color Samples
First, skim shelter magazines to find an example or examples of beautiful, sophisticated pinks that you can tear from the magazine. Second, go shopping and keep your eyes peeled for a pink fabric or item that speaks to you. Get a swatch of the fabric or buy the objects if they can easily be returned (unless you want to keep them!). Third, head to the paint department with your magazine tear sheets and pink objects and match paint swatch cards to them. Fourth, buy sample pots in the colors you chose to try on your wall (or whatever you happen to be painting).
Why not just custom color match the fabric or object?
While you might be able to have your paint expert color match the pink magazine inspiration or object, I haven’t had the best experience with this method. I find it to be ultimately more convenient to choose an established color in the system and tweak its saturation as necessary later.
Sexy Salmon Pink Paint Color
If you are feeling woozy woozy after seeing that incredible custom pink in the MO showroom and the pink in the boldly eclectic kitchen by deVOL above, take a gander at this Notting Hill moment:
Shazam! While I didn’t discover the exact paint formula, it certainly looks as though it is in the family of this pretty lady:
Dusty Pink Paint Colors
FARROW & BALL Pink Ground 202
BENJAMIN MOORE Coastal Cottage 1164
When you are after a soft, shrimp-like, slightly salmon-y, European peachy pink, think about pastel oranges.
BENJAMIN MOORE Sugarcane 1185
Designer Favorite Pink Paint Colors
SHERWIN WILLIAMS White Dogwood
If you also admire the interior design genius of Phoebe Howard, she kindly provides a paint palette within this lovely book:
FARROW & BALL Pink Ground
FARROW & BALL Middleton Pink
Charlotte Reiss of Vivi Et Margot
FARROW & BALL Setting Plaster
Would you, could you, paint yourself a pretty in pink canopy of a ceiling like designer Jeffrey Bilhuber?
Designer Shea McGee loves BENJAMIN MOORE Love & Happiness. Who can resist trying it just for its name alone?
Designer Sara Story likes Farrow & Ball Calamine 230 and told House Beautiful this:
So let’s take a more expansive look at Farrow & Ball’s Calamine!
Chalky Warm Blush Pinks
BENJAMIN MOORE First Light
Here’s a very calm pink with brown undertones.
Tranquil Greyed Down Pinks
BENJAMIN MOORE Love & Happiness
Here’s a pink that is whispery and not too bright.
FARROW & BALL Peignoir
Is it grey? Is it pink? Is it romantic? Oui to all three!
BEHR 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.
Sophisticated Soft Pink Inspiration
This gorgeous pale pink from Sherwin Williams (Intimate White) reminds me of that unforgettable bedroom in Suzanne Kasler’s home!
Which of these paint colors calls to you? Have an old door, dresser, or accent table you could transform with pink?
Find more inspiration for paint colors HERE.
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