5 Tips For Incorporating Pink Into Your Home Décor

According to Color Psychology, pink — more than any other color — is most commonly associated with love and optimism. MyMove also adds that pink has been shown to help boost creativity. With all these positive associations and attributes, why is the hue not more commonly incorporated into home décor?

After all, your home is where you first open your eyes every morning — and the colors you see around you can help set the tone for the entire day (for better or for worse). According to Heritage Design Interiors, the color you utilize inside your space and the way you decorate it can play a huge role in your mental health and overall mood — and — because your home is where you spend the majority of your time, the way you feel when you are there is particularly important. Your home is your safe haven and is ultimately one of the very few places in the world that you have total control over, which is why intentionally designing it in a way that provides you with positive energy and emotional support is so crucial.

Knowing all of this, society's association of the color pink with being girly, childish, and even tacky may leave many people hesitant to give their own abodes a splash of the rosy hue. Luckily, doing pink in the right way can leave your home feeling luxe, inviting — and yes, grown up. It's time to reclaim the color pink.

1. Use pink as an accent

You don't have to have the same hot pink walls that you had in your bedroom when you were 12 in order to work the color into your home. Instead, using pink as a statement color is a modern, updated way to work the hue into your space — in a way that looks sophisticated and not like a Pepto Bismol explosion.

StyleCaster says using a pink accent couch is a great way to give your living space a beautiful splash of color in a way that is subtle enough to not be overwhelming but dramatic enough to help your room make a statement. The best part is that you don't even need to have an overly feminine design aesthetic to make a pink accent couch work. In fact, StyleCaster says that homes with design styles that are very much not what society would deem as girly are some of the best candidates for pink accent couches, as the color feels particularly unexpected — making the space feel ultra-modern.

If a pink couch seems like too big of a commitment to the color and you want to try just dipping your toes into the idea of pink, using some fun, pink throw pillows on a neutral couch is a more subtle way to give your living space a playful rose-colored refresh.

2. Invest in pink artwork

Another subtle way to incorporate pink into your home décor is by displaying pink artwork — whether you choose to use a bold piece of all-over pink art as the focal point of a room or want to play up tones from a piece of art that has pink hidden in it. StyleCaster says hanging a piece of pink artwork on the wall can help create a focal point of a room by drawing the eye to the pop of color and making a dramatic statement while still being subtle. This design idea is a great option for those who are feeling bold and ready for a pink refresh in their space but aren't ready to commit to a huge wash of the hue.

And while Ballard Designs says your pink artwork doesn't have to be the focal point of the room in itself, you can still use it as inspiration for the space's overall color palette. Finding a piece of artwork that you love with an unexpected color palette of different shades such as pinks, greens, yellows, and blues can serve as the jumping-off point for using this rosy hue in your space if you aren't sure where to start. Picking up all of those tones and incorporating them into details around the room like furniture and throw pillows is a playful way to make sure pink is included in your décor without committing to it being a room's primary color or focus.

3. Use pink as a neutral

Forget everything you've ever been told about pink being loud and dramatic. While bright and saturated shades of hot pink are always an excellent design option for those looking for a bolder look, very soft, light pinks are actually an expertly recommended, modern reimagination of neutrals.

Interior designer Caleb Anderson says via Architectural Digest that pink with a very subtle hint of color is a far more interesting, modern hue to use as a neutral than a more traditional color like beige. When people want a room in their home to evoke an ethereal vibe, they likely splash the room in white; but according to Anderson, light pink hues create a sense of softness, purity, delicacy, nurturing, and serenity — which mirrors the vibes that all white rooms tend to give off.

StyleCaster adds that hanging light and airy blush-colored curtains in a neutral room is an excellent way to add a subtle focal point and a splash of dimension while still keeping the overall color palette neutral.

4. Use pink in textured materials

While society often paints pink as being tacky (think those pink plastic lawn flamingos), the color can actually help your space feel very luxurious and expensive if done in an intentional and strategic way.

Anderson tells Architectural Digest that layering pink in unexpected materials, textures, and surfaces throughout your home will have you feeling like royalty — noting that pink in materials like velvet, leather, and suede, feels ultra sexy and luxe. Pink marble — whether in your kitchen countertops or elsewhere in your home through décor pieces — is also a foolproof way to leave you feeling like literal royalty, with Anderson adding that the pink marble columns at the Grand Trianon at Versailles are a constant source of inspiration for his work in interior design.

Using pink in unexpected textures and materials is also an effective way to balance and reimagine details that are traditionally thought of as being feminine and masculine. Ballard Designs says using equal details of hard and soft details in a room with pink can help prove once and for all that pink isn't just a girly color. Black and chrome details in a room with pink hues, along with clean, structured lines, help banish the tired notion that pink has to come with floral patterns and flowy details.

5. Go all out

Contrary to popular belief, all-over pink is not inherently a bad thing. If every suggestion for utilizing this color subtly sounds just a little too subtle for you — go with your pink instinct and commit to it. Bustle says that designing your personal space as a direct reflection of your personality and who you are is an essential method of self-care and can help boost confidence in all aspects of your life. Your wall color is a particularly opportune area of the home to really let your personality shine.

If you want to paint your walls pink, StyleCaster recommends using a deeper, more dramatic shade in your dining room or hallway to help energize the space and make it pop; while lighter, paler pink shades tend to work best in bedrooms, bathrooms, home offices, and areas where you might want to convey a more calming or relaxing vibe.

If you love the idea of all-over pink but aren't sure you want to commit to it year-round, Ballard Designs recommends painting your front door pink seasonally, noting that it looks particularly beautiful during the springtime.