Design Recipes: Pink, the new ‘it’ color

Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service

No longer considered a more feminine color, pink is now the new neutral.

It’s indeed a unique color that can serve as a partner color.

Light pink: Lighter pinks are very soft and have a lot of white undertones. When looking for a solid, neutral color, light pink could be a perfect choice. Light pink can serve as a neutral the same way as a nude, white or even soft gray. Light pink can also help set a relaxing, calm mood.

Mauve: Medium pinks such as mauve, which were incredibly popular in the mid-1980s, are now popular again. Mauve can either serve as a filler color, if you’re looking to create a three-color palette, or as a bold stand-alone color that works well with charcoal gray and black.

Hot pink: Hot pink this season is considered to be bold and fresh. Similar to crisp colors such as chartreuse, hot pink when used properly can perk up a room and add unexpected interest while making a strong color statement. What is also great about hot pink is unlike perhaps in decades past, it is considered to be gender-neutral, capable of being used in a living room, family room or master bedroom.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at