Here I go again! I keep flirting with the idea of painting a wall at home pink. Is it just me? It can make such a chic, feminine, timeless and tranquil statement. I adore wearing subtle pinks. Maybe a guest bedroom? It all started when I stumbled upon an image of Moda Operandi’s New York showroom, and holy handpainted lovely pink de Gournay wallcovering, Batman!! Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors are comin’ at ya!
Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors
It is difficult to push pretty pink paint from your consciousness after you see it done so successfully. Need proof? SEE THIS.
I love the pinky glow of buildings in Paris…here’s a framed print I have at home (and it looks great on a wall at the new house!):
On a trip to Arizona a few moons ago to visit my folks in their beautiful home (where the 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 never not having an interior design moment. Hence, it was an enthusiastic YES to my mom and to today’s Best Sophisticated, Chic and Subtle Pink Paint Colors!
But which pink?
Update: A reader noted that she used BM Odessa Pink to achieve the pink on the door above.
The Trouble With Pink Tones
Even when you decide on subtle, pinks are tricky, aren’t they? Psst. Here’s another fine art print I own and love – I’ll be placing it on the wall soon!
Rewind to that M’O showroom in AD…it’s the brainchild of Lauren Santo Domingo. 10 years ago, she founded Moda Operandi with Aslaug Magnusdottir.
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.
Certainly it’s worth taking our sweet time with pink!
Pink Bedroom: Getting Started
Here’s how I helped my mom with her bedroom redesign project that week.
First, we discussed the mood she wished 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.)
Inspiration From Art & Textiles
After my mom found the perfect art (mixed media with photograph of a lamb), it got us thinking about incorporating word art on the walls–maybe a scripture verse from the psalms?
Finally, I brought along one of the shams 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!). Keep reading to see that color.
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.
Then I had to return home. My folks decided to go for it and painted an entire wall pink, lived with it for a few days, decided they loved it, then painted the whole room.
Which pink paint was chosen?
Keep reading to find out. And keep in mind, while we think it’s the right pink, it might take another trial or two since even the experts require a few.
Have a favorite pink paint color you like for walls or furniture?
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.
Ideas for Beautifully Chic & Subdued Pink Paint Colors
Coastal Cottage 1164
If 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 chosen for my mom’s bedroom walls which worked beautifully with her Northern exposure and limited natural light in the bedroom.
It’s a soft, greyed down, rosy pink which may work gorgeously with lavender or light grey accents. Since we are going for a monochromatic, tone on tone look, this shade of blush pink is a bit lighter than the rosy pink bed linens.
Easiest way to see if a paint color will work? Order samples with Samplize and have them delivered straight to your door.
Sophisticated Soft Pink Inspiration
Here’s a gorgeous pale pink I want to try!
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 (above, those are my pinky legs at sunset in La Jolla).
I could get used to all those pink sunsets!
The pinks shared here are so gentle and can work magic on a mood even in a simple blog post. I hope it uplifts you too!
For another cheerful recent story with pink, visit this.
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The subtle pink paint combo is really subtle for a peaceful home 🙂
Thanks for reading. 🙂
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.
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
Ps. I awwwed out loud when I saw the pink nursery with the linen kites! <3 sweet
Who could resist linen kites!?! Thanks for adding to the beauty here! 🙂
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!
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
I’ve had a life-long love affair with pink. When I moved from Texas to Virginia for grad school, I was terribly homesick. The only cure was to spend two tearful days painting my 1950s kitchen Love Knot Pink. It was a great backdrop for my vintage Gone With the Wind poster! Now I’m looking for a warm, delicate pink to glam-up my walk-in closet. Happy to have found your article!
Good for you, pinky! Warm delicate pinks can be so sophisticated and anything but childish, doncha think? Happy to have you here and hope you return often, Mandi. 🙂
Three years later, I’ve come upon my own post! Still obsessing over barely-there pinks. I tried to get my workplace to agree to paint my office pink, but no go. I would love to try F&B’s Pink Ground or Calamine. So now I’m turning my attention to other places in my rented home I can bring the pink. Maybe doors . . . or single walls here and there. I need a pink that will go with a light greige, so more dusty and gray then peachy I think. Love your site!
Thanks so much for visiting! I have always liked the idea of painting just one wall to start – it allows you to get used to the mood created without totally committing all at once. Another idea for living with a pale pink is to paint a cast-off piece of furniture or Goodwill find. If you get a sample of pink that isn’t perfect, you can muddy it with grey or black to create a custom shade that is just right. When you have the right color, you can have it matched at the paint counter.
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!
Isn’t Brooke’s former bathroom project amazing! I always loved that pink bathroom of hers! xox
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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. 🙂
I have been wanting a pink bedroom since I was a little girl, but at that time I had to share with brothers, and later with a husband who vetoed it. Now I am single and 55 years old but haven’t been able to find a shade that wasn’t too nursery or bubble-gummy. These are PERFECT! Thank you!
Awesome! How exciting to make one of your dreams come true in this way. My mom’s bedroom is gorgeous with Behr’s Cameo Stone – so sophisticated! xox
I am creating a small yoga studio out of my garage and am exploring paint colors
any suggestions.. i do like the warm pink with light grey.
Thanks so much for reading. I would definitely start with paint samples of warm pinks that you paint on the wall and decide what works best with the light exposure and your preference. Here’s a PPG color that is warm, pink, and not cloying – it is called Almost Pink, and samples ship free from Home Depot: https://rstyle.me/+OUMplJlsJ8Pdnun9J5P1hQ The thing about pink is the same color in one space can be all wrong in another. So if you arrive at a color that is ALMOST right, that’s actually good enough. You can always use it at a lower intensity by asking them to mix it at 50% or 40%, etc. for a more subtle version.
I am happily a pink lady! When I am browsing magazines anything in pink catches my eye. When my husband and I moved into our house 25 years ago the color I chose for my living room walls, under the chair rail in my wallpapered dining room and our bedroom was Benjamin Moore’s Sunset Hill number 1212. Thankfully he approved. This color has brought me much happiness and a feeling of peace and tranquility all these years and and I continue to love it. My moldings are white and I chose a lighter shade in a soft blush for the ceilings. It is for us a very peaceful and happy home.
Oh, Linda – sounds so lovely and tranquil! I love that you went for the pink!
We moved to a new home, when my daughter was 4. I let her choose her bedroom paint color and it was, you guessed it, PINK. Not shocking pink, but pink. Her bedroom was at the end of a hall. I remember the first time I saw the painted room. Wow… A lot brighter than I thought it would. She loved it and after I got over my initial shock, I did too. Three years later we moved to another new home. Her taste was more sophisticated by then… She chose a celery green carpet and lavender walls. 🙂 (I thought you might enjoy a little comedic relief.)
How fabulous that you allowed her to choose. I bet those lavender walls would have appealed to the child me since I always wanted a purple room. Still no pink walls here, but you never know!
Loved this Post! Inspirational! Pinned away like crazy!
Thanks so much! Peace to you, friend.
Loved seeing this lovely post, so tranquil, and the picture of you and your sisters made me smile. Girl, I must say that it’s so you to describe a paint called Intimate White as a “gorgeous pale pink”. That made me smile too.
Hahahaha – you know me too well now! Have a wonderful and blessed weekend, friend. xox
LOL… I do!
And, I did… Have a wonderful and blessed weekend. Hope you did too.
GO FOR IT, Michele!! Can’t wait to see a pale pink room in your new home!!! For my 16th bday, my gift was a bedroom makeover and I chose pink! I got new French Provincial bedroom furniture (white w gold trim), pink walls, & a local decorator (a friend’s mother) custom-made a bedspread & floor length curtains in a pink floral. I was in pink heaven! Haha!
Time will tell – this house has such a strong point of view that you never know! What a great bedroom it must have been! I always loved that French Provincial furniture, and my little sister had it in her room at one point. My mom was so great about creating memorable bedrooms with us, and she had such fine taste whereas I had none! She layered vintage and antiques and just has the best eye.