The Unexpected Tone Your Home Is Missing

Jonathan Steinitz

When Pantone announced its famous “Colours of the Year” for 2016, no one quite imagined how big the blush trend would become in everything from interiors to clothing to drinks. The rush for blush has even invaded the realm of celebrity baby names: This September, Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine named their firstborn daughter Dusty Rose. But just as we prefer our rosé on the drier side, we don’t like our blush interiors to be too sweet. The blush we’re drawn to these days is more sophisticated than sugary, more gender-neutral than overtly girly. Consider it the new neutral for your home, with dustier versions of the colour spanning all four seasons. I’ll admit that I used to think that light pink was only for spring and summer, but lately, I’m digging the warmth that a little bit of blush adds to an interior for fall and winter. When it comes to finding the perfect shade to soften any space, we’re happy to make you blush. Scroll for 9 rooms with seriously chic blush accents.

A blush sofa creates a year-round fresh, Cali-cool look for any living room. Picking the right shade is key: opt for a lighter, more nude-inspired rosy hue that will soften the room with a light feminine touch without being too pretty in pink. Mix in camel leather chairs, shiny brass lighting, and lush green plants for a natural and inviting lounge space.

Muuto Rest 2 Seater Sofa ( $5092 ) ($5535)

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Brooke Holm; DESIGN: We Are Huntly

The blush rug in this Australian living room shows how to introduce an element of soft, neutral sophistication without sacrificing the bold, modern, masculine vibe of the space. Amongst dramatic, architectural black-and white design details, the dusty rose rug brings warmth and approachability.

Not willing to commit to a completely blush room (or an entire wall, for that matter)? Grab a paintbrush and try your hand at colour blocking. What we love about a light blush shade that’s in between peach and pink is the way it adds artistic, painterly interest to the wall without overwhelming the space with contrast. The beauty is in the imperfections, like uneven paint drips and unfinished hand-painted edges, that give this entryway its very own unique personality.

Porter's Paints Baby Doll ($50)

A blush accent chair or two is a great way to dip your toe into light pink tones. This perfect pair provides a pop of colour and a sense of symmetry to a warm, neutral living room layout.

Consort Susie Chair ($4090)

When it comes to Scandinavian minimalism, a little bit of soft colour goes a long way. In this living room, the cleaner, more pastel shade of light pink enhances the brightness of a whitewashed interior. And what better way to make sure the entire space blends than to include a gradient that fades to white?

Diego Marcozzi "Fresh" ($1050)

A blush breakfast nook is the perfect spot to enjoy rosé all day - in pillow form, of course. We love the depth and dimension you get by mixing levels of colour within a focused palette of soft pink pillows, including the play of painterly, brushstroke patterns off solid velvet textures.

Shilo Engelbrecht Alvadalen Pillow ($340)

A blush bookshelf accent wall in this cool Copenhagen home provides a stylish and understated pop of colour to enhance a rustic loft look. Using a subtly darker and dustier shade of pink brings out just the right amount of warm tones in the exposed beams and natural wood floors and gives a chic backdrop to collected décor, knick-knacks, and family photos.

Porter's Paints Peony ($50)

Some might like to say that blush is the new black, but in reality, the two colours make great friends in any space. In combination with black and chartreuse shades, the blush items in this room are a stunning visual reminder that spaces are sometimes chicest when you pick an accent colour that can be used in décor throughout to tie the whole look together. In this case, take note of the chair, the art, the flowers, and the recommended reading.

The river rock colour palette in this elegant bedroom combines dusty, muted earth tones for an overall effect of natural calm. The blush headboard brings the masculine and feminine shades into balance for a stylish and soothing night’s rest.

Did these rooms convince you to think pink? Tell us your take on the blush colour trend in the comments below.

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