I was never a massive pink fan (the colour, not rock star ), I never really wore it or had it in my home. Green, however, has always been one of my favourite colours as it made me feel connected to nature and the outside world and wherever I have lived, I have always had at least one potted plant to break up the magnolia!
One of the first big (and brave seeing as my whole house was painted white) decisions I made when we started to redecorate was to paint my living room dark green. I loved this colour so much, it began my love affair with colour.
But last year pink started creeping into my home on a big scale. First it came in the guise as floral murals and I started picking out pink from the flowers to decorate the rest of the room. I slowly began to realise that pink pretty much went with anything, from navy blue to mustard and every room in my house now has a splash of pink in some form or other.
My fabulous wall mural from www.anewall.com introduced my first pink splashes in the house
The Psychology of Colour
I recently went to The Little Book of Colour launch with Karen Haller and it made me think more about my love of colour and our connection with it. At the event, I got speaking to a colour therapist and I told her that my favourite colours were pink and green and she explained that my love of pink suggested that something had happened to me as a child that made me grow up overnight and I was yearning to be that little girl again.
She also said it was interesting that I liked green because this suggested I was constantly looking for security, whether that be in relationships, money or home, which stems from what happened when I was young and she was absolutely right. It made me look at colour differently, how we use it in the home and why we’re drawn to different shades.
From that 5-minute conversation, it made me realise why I love the green and pink combination so much. According to Karen Haller, pink has positive effects of maternal love, nurture and compassion whereas green can be restorative and create feelings of harmony, peace and reassurance. You can see why they are the perfect pairing!
How Can We Use Pink and Green in the Home?
I think the two colours are so versatile, you can use them in any room in your house. Pink has traditionally been thought of as the colour for the bedroom whereas green has been mainly confined to dining spaces, conservatories and living rooms. But, by pairing these two colours together you can use them everywhere!
From Olive Green and Blush to Emerald and Dusty Pink, there are plenty of shades to choose from but it’s important to get the right mix.
My favourite sofa from sofa.com looks even better with pink accents!
Green and Pink Décor in the Bedroom
Huge floral murals always look fantastic in a bedroom behind a bed, keep the headboard to a minimum and go extravagant. With such a statement piece in a room, keep the bedding simple with plain dye duvet and pillows in a colour matching the mural and a throw in contrasting shades.
A very extravagant floral mural which is perfectly complimented with emerald bedding and a pink throw Credit: @muralswallpaper
If a large wall mural is not your thing, keep the wall plain with an Emerald or Dark Green shade and add lots of prints in pink and green to provide a wonderful contrast.
Forest Green wall in the bedroom with green bedding and pink accents to add more colour Credit: @harrison_nate_and_me
Living Room is Pretty in Pink and Green
I would say one of the most coveted things I see on Instagram is a green velvet sofa and that’s no surprise! This colour is perfect for the living room as it is so versatile and can be matched with so many different shades making the décor decision uniquely you. Keep the décor around the sofa natural so the sofa takes centre stage, but add pink cushion and throws.
Very soft pinks are used to break up the green of this beautiful sofa but not take centre stage! Credit: www.love-your-home.co.uk
If you can’t decide whether to get a pink or green sofa, go for both to make a really bold statement in the living room. You can mix and match cushions on the sofas to make the colour scheme more cohesive and bring in gold and wood furniture to pull the whole room together.
Pink and Green with Envy in the Kitchen
One of the biggest trends in the kitchen this year is the green fitted kitchen but how to decorate around it? By leaving the walls white, it can become a bit sterile, so painting your walls a very soft pink can provide a little bit of warmth in the room without it becoming overbearing.
Green tiles and a pink chimney breast provide a stunning contrast in this kitchen. Credit: @devolkitchens
If you feel that painting the kitchen pink (which can often be the biggest room in the house), how about adding some pink soft furnishings like a rug or bar stools or small appliances, to give you that wonderful contrast.
This kitchen makes me green with envy! Credit: jaclynpetersdesign.com
Feature walls are not just for the bedroom or living room, you could create one in the kitchen too with a pink chimney breast or paint above the back splash which naturally draws your eyes upwards. Compliment it with open shelving or lighting to give it a luxurious look.
Try adding a hint of pink in the kitchen like this salmon pink above the splashback Credit: @dabito
Finally, my favourite subject, wallpaper! Again, wallpaper is not just for the bedroom or living room. You can add a real wow factor to any kitchen by wallpapering behind open shelving or any blank wall in the kitchen. Choose a wallpaper with pink and green shades and then colour match these shades to paint your kitchen units and tiles. The ultimate in kitchen design.
I think I have just died and gone to kitchen heaven! Credit: @peacockfinds Photo Credit: @beautifulhomesinthenorth
Pink and Green Décor in the Bathroom
More home owners are looking at becoming adventurous in the bathroom these days and I don’t mean by throwing fruit in the bath, sharing the bath with a partner, locking the door on the kids and enjoying a glass or three of wine Bathrooms are now a place of exciting renovations, fabulous patterns and colourful tiles and more people are turning their back on traditional bathroom suites and monochrome design.
Green metro tiles provides a dramatic flooring backdrop and the colour is softened by adding pink square tiles. Credit: @maxmademedoit In this bathroom they have used green metro tiles on the wall and painted the wall opposite a salmon pink. Credit: barlowandbarlow.com
In this fabulous bathroom renovation, they have used square green tiles and my favourite addition, pink sinks! Credit: studiodiy.com
Wallpapers have also seen an increase in popularity in the bathroom recently and this is a fabulous and easy way to update a tired or lacklustre bathroom. Find a pink and green floral wallpaper and match a colour to paint your bath tub! A bathroom worthy of a long and peaceful soak!
Poppy Delevgines beautiful green floral wallpaper and pink bath tub bathroom Credit: Architectural Digest Green panelling with green and copper pink wallpaper Credit: @drummonds_bathroom
And Just Because I Love the Green and Pink Combination
To finish off, here are some of my favourite images that combine pink and green beautifully! If I won the lottery, this is probably what my house would look like!
My absolute dream dining space! I love how the mirror gives the impression that the ceilings are so much more higher. If I can produce anything like this as an Interior Designer, then my work here is done! Credit: @vgliving Custom made green and pink tiles Credit: sfgirlbybay.com If you want to be really daring, paint your house pink and your doors and shutters green! Credit: townandcountrymag.com The perfect rug to go with a green and pink scheme has to be a monochrome Beni Ourain Rug Credit: babasouk.ca
I hope you’ve taken a little inspiration away from this green and pink lovefest! I can only see more of my rooms in the house going this way as I love how it brings a botanical and nature feel to my home.