Design Recipes: 10 ways to add more pink into your home

By Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service

Whether in fashion or home decor, pink is no longer considered uniquely feminine. In fact, especially when it comes to shades such as power pink, hot pink, even shades of blush and mauve, the color pink is being infused into everything from artwork and textiles to furniture. Why pink? In many cases, pink is neutral and versatile enough to not clash with other colors and can both complement and elevate other colors. Looking for ways to infuse pink into your home? Here are some top tips.

A black and white color palette is made luxurious and elegant through the addition of powder pink accents.

1. Start small. Not ready to take the plunge? Testing the waters by infusing elements such as accessories and accents is a good place to start.

2. Consider an accent wall or softer allover shade of pink. A bold pink accent wall could make a dynamic statement, while a softer shade will give a more neutral look.

3. Look for portable decor items such as toss pillows and area rugs. Items you can move from room to room and swap in and out are wonderful ways to incorporate the color.

4. Use artwork. Artwork remains one of the top ways to kick off a color story in a space.

5. Consider pairing lighter shades of pink with deep foundation colors such as charcoal gray, black and even brown.

Hot pink paired with accent colors such as lime green helps create a crisp, clean and fun room.

6. Use shades of pink in bedrooms. Softer shades can create a sense of calm, while bolder shades can add interest.

7. Don’t be afraid to mix and blend different shades of pink into the same space.

8. Bring pink elements into an otherwise neutral social space such as a living or dining room.

9. Consider pink upholstery pieces such as side chairs and ottomans.

10. Pair both silver and gold finishes and accents with elements of pink. Pink blends well with both in interior spaces.

Powder pink toss pillows add an unexpected color in this living room.

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 .