Red Flower Wall Clock by Neesha Hudson
What goes with pink?
As an interior designer, so many of my clients come to me with this question as they plan a nursery for their little one on the way. Do they want pink? Definitely. Just pink? Definitely not. So then what?
I’ve answered this question in many ways over the years. Lately, though, I find myself returning to one suggestion over and over: Add a touch of grey. Grey, more than any other color I know, is truly neutral. So, when you use it to augment another color, especially a bright, fun, color like pink, it brings out the best aspects of the shade you pair it with, without being overpowering.
A pink and grey nursery has become a popular choice for parents in recent years because there are just so many unique ways you can style a room with this pair of colors. Here are some of my top recommendations.
When it comes to planning a pink and grey nursery, I often tell clients to start with the paint. While it may seem fairly obvious how to go about painting your nursery pink or grey, there are actually a few different ways to use these colors in the perfect paint job. The right one for your nursery depends on the amount of light in the room and the boldness of the shades you choose. And, how you paint your room will affect your decor, including the furniture, wall art, and other pieces.
Here are a few grey-and-pink paint combinations to consider:
The first option, mostly pink with touches of grey, often works best with a paler hue of pink on the walls. Use the grey on your trimmings, like window and door frames. The grey can be similarly soft, or a little bolder in rooms with lots of natural sunlight. This combination creates a gauzy, comforting atmosphere on the walls, while maintaining the impression of space. It’s like feeling a fresh breeze on your face, while you’re loosely wrapped in a cozy Sherpa blanket.
Ladybug and Butterfly Art Print by Betânia Sensini
Balancing both pink and grey evenly can be the trickiest combination to pull off. But when it’s right, it’s perfect. Even if you’re going to balance your colors, it’s still a good idea to keep your trimmings all the same, either pink or grey, so as not to jar the eye.
Keep the intensity of both hues the same, but take the amount of sunlight into account when choosing your intensity. Bright rooms like pale colors, while a bold accent wall can look amazing in a shadier room. To truly balance the colors, consider painting patterned bands or alternating colors on different walls.
To accent this option, try including some artwork in darker greys or blues, such as Dubravka Kolanovic’s penguin collection.
Warm Hugs on a Cold Day Art Print by Dubravka Kolanovic
If you really love a bright, bold pink, make it pop by using it against soft grey walls. For this option, I like to keep the trimmings the same gray color or a nice bright white. This neutral background allows your pink decor items to really make an impact
To decorate in this scheme, try artwork with bold, complementary colors on a pale pink or grey background, like Judith Loske’s bold flowers, birds, and butterflies.
Robin Art Print by Judith Loske
To keep your new baby feeling cozy and curious, reflect your color scheme in more than just the paint and walls by choosing the right furniture and decor pieces. Your crib, changing table, chair, and dresser can all complement or accent your color choices.
A mostly pink room lends itself well to grey or wood-toned furniture. Grey furniture is extremely popular at the moment, making your choices plentiful and varied. Because grey is so neutral, it can go with any nursery theme—modern, floral, woodland, you name it. Grey furniture works long-term, too. It’ll still match if you repaint the room as your child grows.
If you’d rather a natural feel, contrast pink walls with wood-toned furniture, perfect for a woodland-themed nursery. Choosing more neutral furniture allows you to accessorize with items that exactly match the shade of pink your showcasing, like the coral tones of this happy bunny Sherpa blanket or the light pastel pink of this adorable cow’s ears and nose.
With a balanced mix of pink and grey in the room, either color furniture will work well in the space. If you choose grey, consider going a shade or two darker with the furniture than you did with the paint to add a bit of contrast. You could also choose pink furniture to carry through a more feminine feel.
Finally, a mostly grey color scheme matches pink furniture the most smoothly of the three, as it highlights without becoming overwhelming. However, grey or wood furniture could also work with this option, especially if you’re looking to accent your room with a very bold hue of pink, like the fuschia flowers in Emma Talbot’s Stories in the Garden.
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