Ten Unbelievably Beautiful Ways to Think Pink Today
Trends May Come And Go, But Pink Remains The Design Industry’s Favorite Color
“We wanted to create a room that makes you feel enveloped in the color but not overwhelmed,” Mark Schubert says
of this Logan Square office. A mix of pink Benjamin Moore paint, Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, and Kravet drapery deftly works together to create a burst of color. Meanwhile, neutral accents such as an Arteriors accent table and Caracole desk—sourced through Century Furniture and CAI Designs, respectively—provide a visual break. photography by dustin halleck.
Punctuated with a pop of pink, Tai Ping’s Yaochi I rug from its Song of Solitude collection uses a mix of piles and brushstroke effects to pay homage to Chinese folklore.
When Mark Schubert of Phillip Harrison Interiors was asked to design a home office for a young couple in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, the direction was simple. “All they said was ‘pink’ and nothing more,” the interior designer explains.
With the rise of Barbiecore, everyone is looking at the world through rose-colored glasses these days. However, the design industry has had a long- standing love affair with the hue. Schubert sees a link between the industry’s infatuation and the role the color has played in pop culture for decades— citing Jackie Kennedy, the Ramones, and 1970s LGBTQ activism as just a few of history’s pink power players.
“We are moving away from the idea that the color pink is childish and embracing it for what it is,” they add. “A beautiful, powerful, and genderless ideology that goes way beyond color.” With so many shades to choose from, ranging from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shocking Pink to the slightly salmon “Millennial Pink” that ruled the 2010s, finding the right one to suit a space might be a challenge. For Schubert, bright and unapologetically bold pinks are here to stay—as seen in the Logan Square office that they covered in Benjamin Moore’s Hot Lips. “Go big and paint an entire room pink or start off small with pink accessories or an area rug,” they recommend. “If you have a vision, build on it until you are satisfied with the final result.”
A room doesn’t have to be covered in pink to make a statement. Poggenpohl’s exclusive Contour series creates a unique opportunity to customize your cabinetry and, in doing so, find the perfect palette in the process. Available in four anodized aluminum tones and 33 cabinet fronts, the Contour series offers a softer look to flat-panel doors. In this kitchen, the brand’s Glass Showcase cabinetry provides a dash of blush.
For her contribution to the 2022 Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, Tara McCauley proves that less can be more. In this moody bedroom, the New York–based designer offset jet-black silk wallcovering from Schumacher with a bright-pink Manuel Canovas fabric from Cowtan & Tout. She says: “Inspired by Schiaparelli, not Barbie, but I think she’d still feel right at home.”
Photography by Hanna Grankvist
Left: Fall in love with your flushed decor with a slab of pink onyx from Artistic Tile. This polished stone has more to offer than good looks: Pink onyx has been regarded as a healing stone that promotes healthy relationships and well-being.
Right: Scandinavian Spaces catered to all the senses with its Decibel Chair. Available in a rainbow of colors—including the almighty pink—the brand uses felt paneling to reduce sound absorption and reduce noise. A silent seat to cater to a dynamic dwelling.
A soft blush takes the spotlight in this bathroom from Jan Showers Interiors. Here, cabinetry from Christopher Peacock’s Hepburn collection is hand-painted in a soft pink. Meanwhile, the brand’s proprietary hardware is reimagined in a rose-gold finish.
Left: Fads can be fleeting, but pink is here to stay. True Residential’s custom, 42-inch glass-door refrigerator in antique pink gives the power pigment a permanent spot in your kitchen.
Center: Pink isn’t just for kids, but it can be packed with classic-meets- childish wonder. To celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary, Sanderson created 14 wallpapers and 12 fabrics with the magical mogul’s beloved characters.
Right: Schumacher partnered with British designer Molly Mahon to create the Bloom fabric series, a cheery array of repeats. Available in a pink palette, this block-printed pattern creates the illusion of unearthing a bed of blooming dahlias.