Subtle & Sophisticated Pink Paint Colors For Interiors!

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.

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!
deVOL Kitchens

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.

Hello Lovely Studio. Pink paint on walls: BEHR Cameo Stone.
Hello Lovely Studio. Pink paint on walls: BEHR Cameo Stone.

We’re thinking about tweaking the finish on her bedroom furniture, but she is choosing to live with the combo for now.

Hello Lovely Studio. Pink paint on walls: BEHR Cameo Stone.
Hello Lovely Studio. Pink paint on walls: BEHR Cameo Stone.

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.

Hello Lovely Studio. Pink paint on walls: BEHR Cameo Stone.
Hello Lovely Studio. Pink paint on walls: BEHR Cameo Stone.

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!

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. Design: Lauren Santo Domingo for the M’O showroom with pink handpainted De Gournay wallpaper. ‘Earlham’ Chinoiserie hand painted onto both wallpaper and silk blinds.

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:

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!
Photo & Design: deVOL Kitchens. Paint color: unknown, but see VALSPAR Salmon Run below.

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).

Blush pink drapes and accents in a bedroom by Suzanne Kasler in Atlanta.. Window treatments are made of a Nancy Corzine linen. #bedroomdecor #classicdecor #palepink #FrenchCountrydecor
Isn’t this pale pink fabric goreous? If you had a swatch, you could use my method above to narrow down the perfect pink. Suzanne Kasler’s bedroom. Architectural Digest.

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.

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

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:

Gorgeous salmon pink painted brick on a Notting Hill home with black front door. Her Name Was Charlie.
Brick color: unknown, but try VALSPAR Salmon Run. Photo: HerNameWasCharlie.

Shazam! While I didn’t discover the exact paint formula, it certainly looks as though it is in the family of this pretty lady:

Valspar Salmon Run
VALSPAR Salmon Run. Photo: House Beautiful.

Dusty Pink Paint Colors

FARROW & BALL Pink Ground 202

Farrow & Ball Pink Ground paint color.
FARROW & BALL Pink Ground No. 202.
Of this sophisticated pink paint color, Farrow & Ball say: “This dusty pink started out as a delicate wallpaper background but was introduced to the Farrow & Ball paint palette by popular request. With its large dose of yellow pigment, Pink Ground creates the softest blush of color without feeling sugary.”
Slide View: 3: Pink Ground No.202 - 1 Gallon
Photo: Anthropologie. Paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Pink Ground No. 202.
Slide View: 2: Pink Ground No.202 - 1 Gallon
Photo: Anthropologie. Paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Pink Ground No. 202.
Hallway - 'mosaic del sur' ceramic concrete tiles, F&B pink ground paint colour, bespoke under-stair storage, cocker spaniel dog
Wall paint color: 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.
Farrow and Ball Pink Ground
Photo & Paint color on walls: Farrow & BallPink Ground.

BENJAMIN MOORE Coastal Cottage 1164

When you are after a soft, shrimp-like, slightly salmon-y, European peachy pink, think about pastel oranges.

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.
BENJAMIN MOORE Coastal Cottage 1164
Look at the paint color combination I created with Benjamin Moore. Via @benjamin_moore. Upper Wall: Coastal Cottage 1164; Lower Wall: Dried Basil 1510; Trim & Ceiling: Steam AF-15.
BENJAMIN MOORE Coastal Cottage. Photo: Benjamin Moore.

BENJAMIN MOORE 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.
BENJAMIN MOORE Sugarcane 1185
Look at the paint color combination I created with Benjamin Moore. Via @benjamin_moore. Walls: Sugarcane 1185; Trim: Halo OC-46; Ceiling: Halo OC-46.
BENJAMIN MOORE Sugar Cane. Photo: Benjamin Moore.

Designer Favorite Pink Paint Colors

SHERWIN WILLIAMS White Dogwood

Phoebe Howard

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: SHERWIN WILLIAMS White Dogwood.
white dogwood by sherwin williams
SHERWIN WILLIAMS White Dogwood 6315
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: SHERWIN WILLIAMS 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: 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

Brooke Giannetti

Farrow & Ball Pink Ground paint color.
FARROW & BALL Pink Ground No. 202.
Of this sophisticated pink paint color, Farrow & Ball say: “This dusty pink started out as a delicate wallpaper background but was introduced to the Farrow & Ball paint palette by popular request. With its large dose of yellow pigment, Pink Ground creates the softest blush of color without feeling sugary.”
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!
Design & Photo:Velvet and Linen. Farrow & Ball Pink Ground paint color.

FARROW & BALL Middleton Pink

Charlotte Reiss of Vivi Et Margot

Middleton Pink by Farrow & Ball. Farrow & Ball Middleton Pink paint color.
FARROW & BALL Middleton Pink No. 245.
This pretty pink paint color’s namesake? Discerning colorist, Catherine Middleton. This shade of delicate pink “is fresh and uncomplicated, especially when contrasted with All White for a gently playful feel. Alternatively, try alongside Great White for a clean and urban finish.”-Farrow & Ball
French farmhouse Farrow & Ball Middleton Pink bathroom with clawfoot tub and reclaimed terracotta tile floors. Vivi et Margot.
Photo: Vivi et Margot. Paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Middleton Pink.

FARROW & BALL Setting Plaster

Imperfect Interiors

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.
FARROW & BALL Setting Plaster 231. F&B say this dusty pink is named for blush pink walls we often admire in newly plastered homes.
Interior Design & styling by Imperfect Interiors at this converted Victorian Dairy in East Dulwich, London SE22. Brass taps from Bert & May, engineered oak parquet flooring from The Natural Wood Flooring company, raw plaster walls and woodwork painted in Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster contrasts with the exposed ceiling joists. www.imperfectinteriors.co.ukPhotos by Chris Snook
FARROW & BALL Setting Plaster. Design/Photo: Imperfect Interiors.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Would you, could you, paint yourself a pretty in pink canopy of a ceiling like designer Jeffrey Bilhuber?

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 paint: Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster.
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: FARROW & BALL Setting Plaster. Interior design by Jeffrey Bilhuber.
Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster pink paint color on wall in classic luxurious bathroom.
Photo & Blush pink paint color: Farrow & Ball...Setting Plaster.

Designer Shea McGee loves BENJAMIN MOORE Love & Happiness. Who can resist trying it just for its name alone?

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

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

FARROW & BALL Calamine No. 230. Pink paint color.
FARROW & BALL Calamine No. 230.
Is it a chic and sophisticated pink paint you desire that feels less juvenile and not too sweet? Farrow & Ball say this color’s light touch of grey is “intense in smaller spaces, but feels much more delicate in large, well-lit rooms.”
Slide View: 2: Calamine No.230 - 1 Gallon
Photo: Anthropologie. Pink paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Calamine No. 230.
 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
Farrow & Ball Calamine pink paint on walls in plywood and pink kitchen by Patchwork Harmony.
FARROW & BALL Calamine. Photo: Patchwork Harmony
Chambre en Farrow & Ball Calamine
FARROW & BALL 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

BENJAMIN MOORE First Light

Here’s a very calm pink with brown undertones.

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
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: BENJAMIN MOORE First Light.

Tranquil Greyed Down Pinks

BENJAMIN MOORE Love & Happiness

Here’s a pink that is whispery and not too bright.

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.
BENJAMIN MOORE Love & Happiness 1191
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.

FARROW & BALL Peignoir

Is it grey? Is it pink? Is it romantic? Oui to all three!

Farrow & Ball Estate Peignoir No 286 - Matt Emulsion Paint - 2.5L
FARROW & BALL Peignoir 286
Farrow & Ball Paint: Peignoir Remodelista.
FARROW & BALL Peignoir. Photo: Remodelista.
A soft blush pink bedroom with Farrow & Ball's Peignoir
FARROW & BALL Peignoir. Photo: catesthill.
Benjamin Moore Color Stories Fan Deck
In case you need a Benjamin Moore Fan Deck!

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.

Hello Lovely Studio. BEHR Cameo Stone is pink paint color on walls.

Sophisticated Soft Pink Inspiration

sherwin williams intimate white
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Intimate White

This gorgeous pale pink from Sherwin Williams (Intimate White) reminds me of that unforgettable bedroom in Suzanne Kasler’s home!

Inside Suzanne Kaslerâs Stunningly Serene Atlanta Home â One Kings Lane â Our Style Blog
Suzanne Kasler’s bedroom. One King’s Lane.
Classic Home Decor With Traditional & French Style. A guest bath features an étagère and mirror by Restoration Hardware and sconces from Circa Lighting; the washstand, sink fittings, and tiles are by Waterworks. #palepink #bathroomdesign #classicdecor #luxurybath
Suzanne Kasler’s bedroom. Architectural Digest.
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: SHERWIN WILLIAMSWhite Dogwood.
Farrow & Ball Calamine pink paint color in pink and plywood kitchen makeover by Patchwork Harmony.
Pink paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Calamine. Photo: Patchwork Harmony.
A pretty in pink bedroom with classical decor and interior design by Amy Meier. #blushpink #bedroom #chic #classic
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Interior design by Amy Meier.

Which of these paint colors calls to you? Have an old door, dresser, or accent table you could transform with pink?

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-michele

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12 Comments

  1. Connie
    May 7, 2019 / 11:25 am

    Oh my! Pink in all it’s glory…..except for the sugary, little girl color. Hee hee! I DO love pink and have wanted to do a room in it for some time. I have a guest room where pink is used in the bedding and accessories. It has a nice stand-out feature of a cute little cabinet (made by my hubby) that I painted in my own custom mix of pink chalk paint, somewhere in the neighborhood of SW White Dogwood or Behr Cameo Stone.

    Your ideas for choosing pink are spot on. People often think they want pink (even, or maybe especially for a young girl’s room) and pick a pink that’s far too saturated. They end up with cotton candy and hate it.

    I love seeing a guy wearing a pink shirt…not an ‘in your face pink’….but one that’s more subtle and refined. And most people don’t know that pink, up till the 1940’s, was thought of as a boy’s color and blue for girls. The thinking at the time was that pink had more energy (maybe because it comes from red?) and blue was a softer, more feminine color.

    All the pinks you’ve shown are amazingly lovely! Can’t wait to see what color you’ll use to adjust the furniture’s tone in your mom’s bedroom….though I think I can guess what it’ll be. 😉

    Great post and lovely as always 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      May 7, 2019 / 1:30 pm

      I did not know this history of pink! Thank you so much for educating us. I do love men in pink, and my boys looked so gorgeous in it. It is an art to get it right, and I’m so glad that my pick for my mom’s room worked for them and did not need to be adjusted. I also chose the wall color for the guest bedroom I call “my bedroom” at their home. It’s a whispery grey aqua that looks incredible. I’ll share soon. Peace to you, lovely one.

  2. Joanna
    May 7, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    Such lovely soft pinks but not for me. I am drawn to pink front doors. I don’t know why but they don’t read sweet to me. I’ve been tempted to paint mine pink but it wouldn’t reflect anything I have inside.
    My guest room is mostly white. I’m trying to decide what colour to paint the walls so it remains neutral. At the moment it is cream. I’m thinking a very light blue might read as a neutral in keeping with the feeling I’m trying to attain. Will you be doing a post on blues? If so, I may get some inspiration from you.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 7, 2019 / 11:43 pm

      I love those doors too! Blue is in the hopper, and I think you’ll be pleased. I’m gearing up to paint a muted blue wall so we can explore beautiful blues together. 🙂

      • Joanna
        May 8, 2019 / 1:59 pm

        You’re the master of calm, serene spaces, so I’ll wait to see what you do with your room. It will be a fall project as summers are meant for the great outdoors.

        • Michele
          Author
          May 8, 2019 / 2:06 pm

          Man, I like your spirit. I too measure the richness of my summer by how many hours I am out in nature. You’re good for me, friend. xox

  3. May 7, 2019 / 3:43 pm

    I’ve never even considered using pink in an interior, but seeing this wonderful post I realize how short-sighted I’ve been. I can’t believe this collection of amazing interior photos you’ve pulled together. Such fine examples of how pairing pink with other colors can make simply stupendous combos. I’m excited to try it.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 7, 2019 / 11:42 pm

      Woohoo! Behr’s Cameo Stone is a super safe pick when you’re easing into pink. 🙂

  4. Gail
    May 8, 2019 / 11:30 am

    Love this

    • Michele
      Author
      May 8, 2019 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks so much for taking time to find lovely here!

  5. Caren
    May 9, 2019 / 8:57 am

    Have always loved blush pink and have been in search of the perfect pink color for my bedroom for years… your post has got me searching again. Lovely… 🌸 and thank you.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 9, 2019 / 9:04 am

      Yay! Thanks so much for letting me know. Would love to see before and after pics and hear about the pink you choose – do email them! [email protected]

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