Styling with Millennial Pink: For The Timid and For The Bold

From food and fashion to art and home decor, Millennial pink is taking over.

And this hue has come a long way since its days spent pigeon-holed by its neon, fuchsia and magenta counterparts. The popular pink of today is much more flattering, gentle and super easy to style with in any space.

Today marked my first appearance on Cityline (watch my first segment on timidly using pink here and then the second segment on using it in a bold way and then pinch me) and to start things off, I walked through two spaces I styled using this hot hue: one that’s perfect for those timid lovers of pink, and one for the bold! But the best part about these tips is they apply to any trendy hue—not just pink.

Tips for pulling off this look for the timid:

  • Stick to neutral investment items such as sofas or sectionals (think creams, whites and greys).
  • Concentrate on bringing in colour (in this case, pink) through accessories and non-permanent items.
  • Don’t just think about adding your colour pops through pillows and throws. Think books, cool bowls, cool found objects, vases etc.
  • Ground it with dark colours. Light pink pairs beautifully with black, deep green and navy. And be sure to embrace texture! Think velvet, suede, leather, gnarly wool etc.
  • A foolproof pair for pink is metal, concrete, stone and light, pale wood. So when in doubt, pair pink with brass, gold, copper, silver and blonde wood!

Tips for pulling off this look:

  • Allow scale to affect saturation. The smaller the item, the more bold you can go with the hue. So a sofa might be dusty and light, a pillow or throw can be slightly deeper in hue, and a small tzotchkes can be super saturated and bold.
  • If you like an eclectic mix, pink pairs well with deep green, yellow, and any super pale hue.
  • Try to stick to the same hue on the colour scale, or if you do veer off, don’t veer off in both directions. So with pink, for example, you can have some items that lean more red, or some items that lean more purple/blue, but it’s a safe bet to not.
  • Don’t just look for pink in its solid colour. Bring in pink through pattern, even if other colours are involved.
  • Paint is an easy and inexpensive way to add colour. I love the idea of painting half of a wall in pale pink, almost like a chair-rail of pizzazz! Or paint your ceiling!

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Again, if you’d like to watch the segment, check my first segment on timidly using pink here and then the second segment on using it in a bold way. What do you think?!





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