It’s still February so I thought I’d bring back a color fully associated with this month: PINK.
My husband says there is no such thing as an ugly Hawaiian shirt because it is a matter of personal preference for both the wearer and observer. Pink is one of those colors that tends to evoke a strong reaction based solely on personal preference.
Here’s a little color psychology for you: Pink induces feelings of calm, protection, warmth and nurture. This color can be used to lessen irritation and aggression as it is connected with feelings of love. Red is sometimes associated with sexuality, whereas pink is associated with unselfish love.
Pink can be cute, classy, elegant, understated, overstated, comforting, cool, warm, playful or downright appalling (personal opinion again).
Pink is not new to the home decor scene (the 50s had some serious pink and black tile and bath fixtures going on) and while color inspiration ebbs and flows through the years, it does seem that pink has had a bit of a revival again: Maybe in part to the Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns.
Pink is showing up in every room of the house; appliances, walls, fixtures and accessories. And while definitely leaning towards the feminine side, pink can also connect with the masculine.
According to House Beautiful, BENJAMIN MOORE CORAL GABLES 2010-40 is considered a color men love. “I’ve done a lot of rooms for men in paneled wood and leather. Then I’ll highlight the back of a bookcase with a bit of lively coral. Men like that color because it reminds them of something to drink. Add an animal print — Stark’s Ocelot carpet. Super-masculine and comfortable. And my theory is that a woman looks her best in a room that fits a man like a glove. Think Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window. Wow.” –Keith Irvine
While my husband didn’t fuss overly much about the color I chose for our ranch bedroom, it did take him some time to adjust to the color. Sherwin Williams Sashay Sand (aka PINK – according to my husband) is in the brown family. It does have a hint of pink undertone but is warm and neutral, leaning more towards a fleshy beige (ok that sounds kind of ugly, but it’s not, I promise). The majority of the men who have seen our room (and many have because we had an open house) have made it a point to say they like the color and in their words, “Don’t find it offensive at all.” I chose the color because of the picture I used as the main focal point (look for that post next week).
Here are some rooms for you to check out and make your own decision when it comes to pink.