Friday, February 20, 2009

My Inner Pink - Living Room Chronicles

A couple of years ago, Martha Stewart profiled her all pink Maine cottage interior in her magazine. I think this was the point when I really started to think seriously about painting my living room/dining room pink. I also realized that anytime there is a magazine on a newsstand that has a predominantly pink cover - I make a beeline right to it and usually buy it. We need to listen to these visceral reactions!

Because I live in a condo that has vaulted 16' ceilings, I can't just slap up paint to try it out. So, I'm still dealing with all white walls and getting tired of it. I could really use a pick-me-up right now too! I've been slowly morphing from a green, black, white and cranberry color palette to a softer green and pink, with some black and dark stained woods.

This year, for Christmas, I did a pink and gold theme, and loved it!

Last summer, I reupholstered this cane back settee and made the striped tablecloth - and really committed to the pinkier palette.

I've been collecting images of favorite pink rooms in order to get some inspiration about the tone and shade of pink that really appeals to me.

House Beautiful - Mary McDonald design - Benjamin Moore Coral Pink 2003-50. I love this look (well, not the rug, so much). The walls are such a strong, statement pink and the blue/white chinoiserie dishes really pop. But, ultimately, my space is just way too big for such a strong color (for me at least!)

This House Beautiful image (wall color is Pantone's 705-C) has tall ceilings and the lovely French-y feel that I like. But, I think this color is a little bit too chalky.

This House Beautiful image ( 30 days of Color ) is a design by Suzanne Kasler. Gorgeous and it certainly did make the rounds on the blogs. I love how she mixes beige and pink together. (And how easy is that artwork on the wall? Could be just a pretty piece of fabric wrapped around a board!). Very pretty - but it looks like it tilts a little towards the purple.

This Suzanne Kasler dining room (which I first saw on Joni Webb's Cote de Texas) practically defies adjectives it's so beautiful. I could stare at it for days (and may have...). It doesn't have pink walls, rather beige, but the drapes, the upholstery - knee weakening beautiful. However, since I've already committed my upholstery to the greens (and can't afford to reupholster) I do need to stick with putting pink on the walls. But, this palette is tucked away for the future. It will be mine!!

These two images are by Steven Shubel on House Beautiful. Certainly, very pretty. But, the color just seems too... shallow?

I do love this darker pink from Steven Gambrel in Domino Magazine. It seems mature without being old; deep and rich, without being dark. And, it plays off the green quite nicely. But then I think of all the wall space I have, and I start to feel overwhelmed by it all!

This room, from Domino Magazine, uses Benjamin Moore: Pink Lilly. It seems to work nicely with the greens and would probably look very well with my complexion (never underestimate the value that the right paint color has when it comes to how we look!).

This Carlton Varney living room (which actually looks the closest to my own, architecturally) really caught my eye. If you saw it in House Beautiful, you may remember that the colors are richer than they appear in these online photos. With the exception of the floor (mine is dark cherry stained oak), the rest of the palette is very similar to what I already have now.

This space just feels happy and a little bit beacy. Since I live near the ocean, it just seems appropriate.

By the way, have you read House Beautiful's COLORS FOR YOUR HOME? It's a handy little guide that showcases the 300 colors various designers like the best - and why. What colors work best in which rooms. It's a perfect size for throwing in a purse (okay, a large purse) when shopping!

Now, all I need to do is find someone willing to hike up the tall ladder and start painting for me... anyone... anyone.... ?

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Haven and Home said...

Usually I am not a big pink person, but lately I am loving it! Great Post, love the pictures!

I came across your blog while looking for scenes from The Holiday and I am so glad I did! I referenced your blog in today's post.

Can't wait to continue reading!


Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a fun post! It's hard not to smile when you see pink rooms. There's just something about that color that instantly makes me feel happy. Never considered painting a living room pink, but these are all gorgeous examples of how it can work. I had vaulted ceilings in my first home's living room and I never DID get around to hiring someone to paint them. They were builder's white the entire time, so I feel your pain!

I'm so glad you joined my party today! Wonderful to have you with us. :-)

Cote de Texas said...

Linda - I love this!!!! can't wait to see what you choose. I've never seen a picture of your condo with the tall ceilings. It's so pretty!!!!

Suzy said...

I love those blush pink rooms. Pink has alway been a favorite of mine too!

Renovation Therapy said...

I would love to have a pearlescent (spelling?) pink room. It would be like living on the inside of a pretty shell.

Great round up, that top picture makes me swoon the hardest.

Charlie said...

Each image has a tranquil quality to it that I find appealing. The last 2 photos are my favorites. I cannot wait to see what color you choose.

Ivy Lane said...

Love this post. I too have been pondering a pink room. I am thinking my guest room ...don't want it to be too feminine, or too bold..soft and warm... I love all the choices and have seen most of these is amazing on many different looks are done around pink. I can't wait to see which one you choose!! Love your settee you recovered! :)

Linda Merrill said...

Charlie - the tranquility is really what I love about pink. It's tranquil, yet still warm.

Ivy Lane - Thanks! I was thrilled with how the settee came out!

Linda Merrill said...

Renovation Therapy - that Martha pic has been haunting me ever since I saw it in her magazine a couple years ago!

Jan said...

Great selection of images.
(arrived here by a very circuitous route despite links in common!)

Rue said...

What beautiful rooms!! I don't know if I could do an entirely pink room because my husband my think I was nuts LOL, but I love the idea of bringing it into it with small touches :)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for creating this page! I just purchased a second-hand pink chaise lounge and will be using it as the cornerstone for decorating my small livingroom. At first I was a little nervous, but now I know it was the right choice!

Linda Merrill said...

Sounds like a great find, Anon!

Anonymous said...

I am thinking about doing a pink and gold Christmas scheme in my tan and pink family room. However, how does one decorate for Fall using pink? I am really lost!

Linda Merrill said...

Hi Anon - I'm not a huge decorating for fall type of person, but I think pine green, deep russet and brown accents like pillows and throws would still work with the tan/pink color scheme.

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