The idea of pink replacing the nation’s favourite grey for interiors has been talked about for several years now.  A subtle shade of pink has been slowly infiltrating some of our favourite products – think back to the Rose Gold iPhone launched in 2015 and the abundance of pink kitchen equipment, but are we really ready for pink walls everywhere?

Pink iPhone

Well the colour influencers certainly think so.  Pantone named Rose Quartz it’s joint colour of the year back in 2016 and whilst they have gone a little off piste with their Ultra Violet colour in 2018, Dulux is sticking to the theme having named their Heart Wood deep dusky pink the colour of the year.

Dulux colour of the year 2018

How pink can work with Indigo blue

Sanderson Paint launched 50 new colours in September this year and show how pink can work with Indigo blue for contrast and can sit comfortably alongside existing shades of grey.

Sanderson paint Indigo pink palette

The Little Greene paint company have embraced the pink too and invite you to imagine how you can incorporate it with existing greys or go much bolder with the dark emerald matt green.

The little Greene Paint Company, Perennial Grey with Wrest Trail wallpaper in Pink Plaster
The little Greene Paint Company, walls in Pleat, Aquamarine Mid

Where paint goes, fabric companies follow…

The new collections this year have included pink shades and textures, still paired with grey of course, but we’re seeing a much softer palette coming through in some collections.

Sanderson Curtains in Sea Kelp
Biarritz plains by Clarke and Clarke
Curtains in Perspective by Sanderson

Accessorizing with pink

If you’re looking to add some pink into your own home but aren’t quite ready to dispense with the grey entirely, then adding some accessories is a great way to go.  I especially like this cut velvet fabric from Harlequin and this rug from Villa Nova in a delicate pink which looks great in a bedroom where I think you can get away with being a bit more feminine!

Otaka velvet from Harlequin
Marit Rug from Villa Nova

Adding just a single item of furniture like this chair in a soft dusky pink velvet from the Ashton Collection at Ashley Wilde Fabrics, can tie a colour scheme together really well. I love how the pink warms up the grey here– not bringing out the blue tone too much and keeping the warm tones in grey can take some time to get right!

Alaska velvet from Ashley Wilde

No doubt it’s going to take some time to persuade us to move away from the beloved Elephants Breath grey, especially if you share your home with someone who regards pink as exceptionally feminine!

But it will happen…

Just as we once couldn’t contemplate that we would choose grey over Magnolia (and think how long that trend lasted!), look around next time you go to any of the big home stores, you’ll see pink in all its shades quietly sitting there subtly waiting to go home with you….

Marian Forrest


In2interiors Ltd