UPDATED AUGUST 2016
If you’re looking for subtle, understated décor with a generous dose of sophistication, opt for a classic grey and dusky-pink colour scheme. One of the few home trends that can be re-worked year after year, it’s perfect for almost every room in the house, whatever your style.
Soft charcoals and pretty pastel pinks naturally work well together but the trick is getting the balance right. A grown-up grey will add update a room, but craves pink tones to give it a warm and airy lift. From perfectly balanced bedrooms to chic living spaces and hallways in dire need of an update, this colour combination is the perfect blend of feminine and sleek.
Before rushing out to recreate the look for yourself, take note of these tips from SL Interiors Panel experts to make sure you get it just right…
To stop things looking too girly, avoid bubblegum tones like peach pink or raspberry. Farrow & Ball is your best option – try Setting Plaster, Dead Salmon and Dimity – or the brand Little Greene, we love their Light Peachblossom shade. Don't be afraid to use different tones in the same room, and remember that layering pink-toned patterns can also look really effective. – Nicole Salvesen of Salvesen Graham
Use rose gold or copper detailing on furniture, as this looks especially glamorous in contrast with grey timbers. When it comes to walls, duskier tones of pink are a more understated and subtle choice. Look for warmer tones like Plaster II from Paint Library. – Natalia Miyar of Helen Green Design
When it comes to fabric choices, use grounding natural materials on sofas and armchairs, like wools and linens in charcoal tones. Then mix with lighter more luxurious fabrics such as silks, cashmeres and brushed cottons from Fox Linton and Romo, to bring in your paler greys and dusty pinks – this will create a generous but soft balance of textures. To throw the right balance of daylight and shade onto the palette add a neutral sheer to the windows. – Karena Clayton of Colour Interiors Ltd.
You can achieve a subtler version of the pink and grey look by adding pink piping to grey cushions. Soft pink curtains work well against Strong White Farrow & Ball with complimenting grey furniture. If you're nervous about fully committing to the look, simply opt for pink flowers and grey accessories, which can be easily changed. – Kay Westmaas of Studio Westmaas
Grey is a key staple throughout my home – it gives a room so much character and is so versatile. I use dark greys for a moody intimate feel, which instantly creates a cool adult vibe. To create maximum impact I accessories with colourful soft furnishings, which pop out against the inky walls. Soft powdery vintage pinks or electric pinks work great against a deep grey tone. I love using light grey to create a peaceful, calming setting and then use dusty pink as an accent colour to complement and lift the grey. It also adds some femininity to the room. Perfect for a bedroom or dressing room.
Grey and pink is a classic colour combination and makes any room feel super chic. Try using light grey as your base colour such as Blacken by Farrow & Ball and use dusty-pink soft furnishings or flowers to add a softer touch. The trick is to use subtle highlights of pink against a grey backdrop through the use of accessories like books, flowers, candles or cushions. – Sommer Pyne of House Curious
Pinks generally fall into three categories, hot and vibrant, pretty pastel and grey washed-out hues. The colour works as a great accent when used in accessories like mid century style ceramics or bunched faux flowers such as peonies or hydrangeas. Pink velvet piping on grey linen cushions looks beautiful and really showcases the combination.
Greyish pinks give a romantic, boutique feel to guest bedrooms and when coupled with grey in nurseries, gives these spaces classic longevity, making them a little more understated. Larger scale grey tiles can be mixed with soft, matte pink mosaics in bathrooms for a soft, sophisticated feel in kitchens and bathrooms, too. – Emma Hooton of Emma Hooton Interiors
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