4.06.2013

how to incorporate bright pink paint into a girl's room


So a little while back I had a client email me for an online consult. He had just moved into a new condo in the city with his daughter. We worked on choosing two grey paint colours for his main space, and then he asked for help with his little girls room, shown bottom right in the floorplan below.





It seems like most young girls request a pink room at some point, and it's almost always fuchsia, or another shocking shade of this colour that they like. The question is how do you work this colour into their rooms without it becoming garish?

My client asked me to find a way to tone down the colour, and work in black, which is what his daughter had asked for. This is not a large space, and so we needed to incorperate the pink without it overwhelming the space. Thought maybe some of you are struggling with the same dilemma in your own homes, and would be interested in the options we discussed.

First of all, I asked him to show his daughter the photo below - was it really bright pink she wanted, or just pink? A softer pink could be paired with black and used on all her wall space and the effect would be soft and lighthearted.






Nope. MUST be bright pink.
How about bringing the bright pink through accents?






No dice. ON THE WALLS. Right. This girl knows what she wants! Moving back on track...


First of all, there is the accent wall. I'm not a huge fan of accent walls, but in a child's room, on the headboard wall, they can work. I suggested a white bedding, warm white on the other three walls, and adding the black accents on those walls via picture frames. This striped treatment can be achieved by using a high gloss and flat paint in the same shade.





and while we are on the topic of stripes, this is cute as well....





Second, the partial wall options - these emphasize the horizontal and thus make the room feel larger.






love the black pinstripe detailing on this version....






The next look brings in slightly more pink on the walls but still allows for some visual relief - 
three tints of pink in an ombre horizontal stripe. Darling, isn't it?






But what if we NEED to have pink on all the walls, to bathe ourselves in the very brightest pink out there? Well, you can always cheat a little - bring the ceiling colour down a few feet and have the pink meet it (I did this in my son's room when he insisted on royal blue walls in a space with north facing windows). You'd be amazed what a difference this 20 - 30" makes...






My client and his daughter mulled these over, and in the end she fall in love with the striped headboard accent wall idea. I suggested Benjamin Moore Peony 2079-30 on the headboard wall in a semi-gloss and matte to create the striped effect.






If you are working with white furniture, like my clients, you want to ensure that the walls are a warm white, because white furniture is seldom a true white. If the white on the walls is too cool then the furniture will look dingy. Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 is soft and warm with out being too yellow, and works well with Peony on the three remaining walls. 






I suggested black be used sparingly, on picture frames, desk accessories and a pillow or two.
This keep contrast to a minimum and doesn't create a lot of visual distraction.

I'm happy to say that both my client and his daughter love her finished room, so my job is done!


Have you ever used an option like these to tone down the impact of a vibrant colour in your home?
Which one would you choose?


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15 comments:

Nataliya said...

loved all these choices! white pink and black would be my choices if I was a little girl all over again. maybe that's why i've used them in MY little girl's room :)

wonderful to see you back blogging

myonepreciouslife said...

I love the first one -- I'd almost like it myself, but the one they chose is a great compromise if bright was what was needed. In the one with the pinstripe, what's the colour on the top? It's gorgeous.

Shannon 8footsix said...

love that second room!!!

Anne-Marie said...

@myoepreciouslife : I think that colour is so warm and lovely on top of the pinstripe because the light in this space is streaming through a pink curtain... choose a very warm peachy white to re-create this warmth...

RUGS VILLE said...

Great designs indeed, i would like to recommend this ideas to my friend who is looking for interior designer for his daughter room.

i loved the beutiful rugs.

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Anonymous said...

Found your blog off another link, love it!!

Can you tell me where the pic with the mirrored bed is from, it's my favorite! Thanks in advance.

Ahmad said...

very nice and well prepared post. I wisssssh you could tell us where we can get some of these pink items

Judy@PhD by Publication said...

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Cazare said...

Great article.

faye said...

hot pink accents!:D

Pendant Lighting said...

The pink accent is really cool and that is a nice space. Thank you for the suggestions. Really helpful in deciding colors to choose and the design.

Shannyn said...

These are amazing! The third one is a little bit too bright for my taste, but the combination of light pink and white looks perfect! I painted my room light green, it was pretty hard since it was my first time, and most instructions found online are pretty general (like these http://www.askwiki.net/How-to-Paint-a-Room), but I nailed it! And now I’m thinking to add some white elements, too, since pink and white look so great I think it is true for most colors.

Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke said...

I love the bright pink - I have a couple pops of it in my condo!

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