Susan Mackenzie is an interior designer and color consultant based in Southern Oregon. She offers her observations in pink.
I have always loved pink...there, I’ve said it - the “P” word. For far too many years when doing color consultations with my clients, I’ve had to be less than forthright when suggesting pink tones. I’ve repeatedly fallen back on the euphemism “blush.”
What has given this lovely, cultured color such a bad rap? Was it too lengthy a run of the combo of mauve (the very name is as dreary as the shade which is neither pink nor lavender but a grayed-out tone somewhere between the two, suitable in Victorian times for half-mourning) and colonial blue? Or perhaps it’s a reaction to baby doll, Barbie doll, or bubblegum pink...
Even the Apartment Therapy blog which proclaimed, “Prediction Confirmed: Here’s the New Gray,” uses the word “blush” many more times than the word “pink”. There are some lovely room shots in this article but most people, when asked what color the rooms are, would say pink, lavender, or even peach (which one room certainly is) before they said blush.
A recent Architectural Digest article is more straight forward, pronouncing Benjamin Moore Tissue Pink as perhaps...“the Most Flattering Paint Color Ever.”
What makes pink so flattering? While I can’t wear pink...I’m so pale it just makes me look, well...pink all over, I love it on my walls. My bedroom is a pink tone that, as Spring progresses and the early morning sun moves to shine through my North facing window, makes me feel like I am awakening inside a seashell. It also holds up well during the darker seasons under ambient lighting from my overhead and swing arm bedside lamps, suffusing the room with a warm glow that drives out winter chill.
My master bathroom is a slightly different shade of pink that makes me look and feel healthy and happy, rosy and rested when I look in the mirror to put on my make-up, even on the mornings when I am up at 4 AM to get ready for a weekly 7 AM meeting. I, personally, would never paint a bathroom green - I shudder to think what that would do for my skin and mood first thing the morning! What my pink bathroom does for me it can do for you too...reflected pink is flattering to every skin tone, even if you can’t, as I cannot, wear it well.
Benjamin Moore’s Tissue Pink is aptly named...it is a wash, a whisper of welcoming and soothing color...do think of one sheet of pale pink tissue paper, or perhaps a drape of gauzy softest petal pink.
Pinks can be elegant and feminine, chic and sophisticated. Tissue pink is soft and subtle enough to read as neutral. And don’t think for minute that it is too feminine to work in a man’s office or living space. Pinks are very easy on and flattering to both men and women, especially in bedrooms. Tissue Pink is a perfect foil for the boldness of Navy or Black design details. For those of you who aren’t quite ready to give up on gray yet, pink and gray are a classic combination.
As Architectural Digest concludes, “Don’t just flatter your guests (or clients - my personal interjection) with your kindest compliments. Make them look good, too.”