Totally inspired by this pillow in rose gold metallics by S. Harris with copper velvet on the reverse side. Screen shot from Little Design Co. IG.
I never used to be a “pink gal”. I’m still not really….but a couple of years ago, I came across this colour that I affectionately called “Dirty Ballet Pink”. Sounds crazy, I know. And then, I became completely obsessed with it….It is actually known as “Blush” – I still like Dirty Pink better…..
I am totally in love with this colour for many reasons. It is not so pink that it is too girlie, or too Pepto Bismol, yet it is feminine enough that it is still pretty. It looks fabulous with my other obsession – Rose Gold, as shown in the above photo that I screen shot from Little Design Co.’s IG account, and that I built an entire Living Room colour scheme around. Blush pairs so well with grey, navy, black, blue-grey, lavender, green, olive, camel, cream, and even brown. There is something so neutral about this colour that anything that you put with it, instantly looks sophisticated and well, pretty. There are so many shades and variations on blush that the possibilities are endless…
Brainstorming fabric ideas for Cricket Club Living Room Project, Toronto ON.
So I guess you can call Blush/Dirty Pink a pastel. Although so many people have bad ’80′s flashbacks when I say that, so I hesitate to use that word….but it is a pastel. And as you can see, it looks amazing with other pastels. This is an example of a brainstorming sessions for my Cricket Club Living Room decoration project in Toronto. We are not using all, but we are using a lot of these fabrics, paired with a stunning navy sofa. Pics to follow soon!
Original artwork by Santa Fe artist, Jim Rabby.
Lovingly displayed in my client’s Toronto Living Room.
The above piece is one of my all time favourite paintings. It is by Jim Rabby, and is a focal point in my client’s Living Room in their Toronto condo. I stop and admire it every time that I walk by it. The colour is what gets me….that beautiful combination of blush, smoky purple, blue, magenta, cream, and green….it is so vibrant, it reminds me of a sunset, and all of the hidden colours that only an artist can see and capture on canvas. These are not normally colours that I gravitate towards, but seeing them together in this painting is simply inspirational. It is easy to see how an interior space could easily be designed using the colours in this painting as a jumping off point. And easy to see how I have fallen completely in love with these Blush tones….
Flower arrangement courtesy of Flower Factory IG.
It seems that I am a “pink gal” after all….I adore this flower arrangement from Flower Factory! All different shades of pink and blush. If you think about it, you can use blush with any of the colours that you see it with in nature – that is always a great rule of thumb. ”If it grows together, it goes together”….I often think of nature for colour inspiration. Blush is the beauty in a dusky, purple and blue/grey sunset. Or in a bridal bouquet, where there is just a hint of colour. Or in the photo below, the blush colour tulips bring out the freshness of the green colours used in this kitchen.
Lytton Park Kitchen. Photo by Stephani Buchman.
This is a favourite shot of mine, by the very talented Stephani Buchman. I absolutely love how these tulips look in our Lytton Park kitchen. The Blush colour is so subtle, yet when it is paired with another more intense colour they bring out the best in each other…
I think that is what I love the most about this versatile colour. It is somewhat of a chameleon – and there are so many versions of Blush. It does not have to be super “pinky” sweet, but can still be feminine and lovely. It can soften other more intense colours around it, and it can be incredibly neutral, too.
Blush is a colour that makes me happy, that makes me relaxed, that makes me dream of flowers and sunsets. So yes, I guess officially that makes me a “pink gal” now.