Millennial pink… you’ve had your moment. We get to look at gorgeous design images all day (tough job, and we’re happy to do it), and we’ve been seeing more and more beautiful blush spaces coming across our screens. A variation on traditional pink, blush incorporates grayish undertones to produce a more calming, subdued effect to the color. And it’s making its mark.
We spoke with ten designers about how they use blush in their projects, whether it be through a paint selection, furniture choice, or something as simple as accessories or drapery. Scroll through their work, see how they used different tones of blush to complete their spaces, and embrace this shade for your next home project.
Tanya Lacourse, Violet Marsh Interiors
“For this luxurious bedroom, we selected SW Unfussy Beige for the wall and trim color. Sadly, it’s a terrible paint name but the color is gorgeous. It is much more neutral than the rose gold varieties of blush that you often see. This neutrality lends itself to sophistication and is more appropriate for the soothing feel we wanted to create here. We tempered the blush walls with lots of muted gray-green so there is a bit of contrast, but overall it’s fairly monochromatic and soft.”
Nancy Mikulich, Oasis Home by NLM Design Interiors
“Here I used a blush tone that I thought would resonate with both a man and woman — not too pink, not too neutral. My motivation was to ‘grey-out’ a pink to keep the master bedroom warm, restful, inviting, womb-like, and sexy, appealing to both masculine and feminine aesthetics.”
“When my clients moved from their old home, which was very French inspired, they wanted to incorporate a little bit of a more current vibe into their bedroom. The plastered walls with a hint of blush complement the antique bibliotheque, and the addition of a velvet pink pillow is a nod to the current hot color. We loved the addition of the Oly Muriel Chandelier and the contrast of the dark hardwoods layered with a light custom rug, all meant to soften this space.”
“The walls of this master bedroom are covered in a textured blush wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries. The walls add an additional layer to the room’s design and a romantic ambiance. An antique Italian bench has been reupholstered to coordinate with the blush walls and placed at the foot of the bed.”
Jenny Taylor, August Taylor Design
“Blush is a color that I love using on projects because I find it to be quite neutral, timeless, and sophisticated. In this space, we went all in with the blush, using it on the walls, windows, and upholstery to create a calming work space. We can all use a soothing space right now and blush is definitely a color that will add some tranquility to your home.”
“We designed this office space for two women who own a business that provides mentorships and life coaching for women of all ages and chose blush pink to represent the power of women. It is a space used for meetings, coaching sessions and social events so we wanted it to be feminine but also eclectic and inspiring.”
“Many of the young girls we design for go through a pink phase. The key for us in making a room successful is choosing the right shade of pink, and the right color contrast, so that the space is timeless as she grows and matures through childhood. We use pinks that lean blush or have mature undertones such as beige and grey so that the room always feels current, even when she’s moved on to a different color phase.”
“This project was just calling for color and blush was the perfect accent. The subtle color compliments the curved architecture and gave it that soft and feminine feel. Blush is one of my favorite colors to design with as it is so complementary with almost any other color. Instead of going to a beige or grey as your neutral, try blush next time!”
Leonora Mahle, Mahle Design
“The clients on this project, a couple with young kids, each running a business, wanted their bedroom to feel like a retreat. Blush really helps to bring warmth to a space, while still keeping things neutral, quiet, and peaceful. It does wonders to gray and off-white, whether on upholstery, wallcovering or rugs. Blush is also a great option for accent pillows, for those who are afraid to commit otherwise.”
“This client wanted a dreamy, feminine space as her refuge from busy days. I used a pale palette of blush and watery blues, coupled with romantic, curvy furniture pieces to set the tone. A metallic scroll wallpaper on the ceiling completes the look.”