Written by Victoria Purcell

5 real homes that have embraced pink décor

Pink decor is back in a big way! Find out how to put together an interior decor scheme using 50 shades of pink, whether you’re thinking of tackling one room or running with the theme throughout the whole house. These real homes showcase clever uses of pink, from hints of blush paint to vivid fuchsia accessories and bold wallpaper choices…

1. A riot of pink in Edinburgh

When Emily Murray, founder of The Pink House blog, and her husband Euan Murray found the perfect house on a hidden cul-de-sac of Arts & Crafts houses in Edinburgh, they set about transforming it into a fun family house. A bold and confident decorator, Emily transformed the space into a riot of colour. The pink comes through immediately in the boldly decorated hallway featuring Cole & Son’s Prism Geometric II wallpaper in a geometric rainbow of colours.

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Cole & Son wallpaper used to spectacular effect in the basement hallway of The Pink House. Photo: Katie Lee

Pink highlights continue into the adjoining basement den, through the piping of the sofa, oversized lamp shade, neon ‘play’ light and accents in the cushions, ornaments and wall art. Other great unapologetic uses of pink can be seen in the dining room, which features one of Emily’s most controversial indulgences – Timorous Beasties’ London toile wallpaper. Emily and Euan’s bedroom also features a Timorous Beasties wallpaper, this time the butterflies design, which also has a pink base and informs the whole theme. Since her Edinburgh project, Emily and family have moved back to London, where they are currently renovating an even pinker house!

Read the full story of the original Pink House project here

2. Subtle pink in London

A combination of open-plan California-style living, antique treasures and a love of nature proved the perfect inspiration for Emma Morris’ London townhouse interior design scheme. After living in California for five years, Emma and Tom Morris hoped to find somewhere comparable to their light, bright San Francisco home when moving their expanding family back to London. Emma was tempted to paint the room a moody, dark colour but decided on a neutral shade of blush (China Clay by Little Greene) so that the huge hero windows could take centre stage.

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Emma and Tom Morris’ London townhouse is a masterclass in the subtle use of blush pink. Photo: Colin Poole

Elsewhere in the house, subtle pink accents add a light touch to the decor scheme. The pink tiles from Floors of Stone were Emma’s biggest gamble in the kitchen, but look stunning against the green walls. In the bedroom, a pale blush on the walls is picked up in the pink cushions, throw, dressing table chair and decorative accessories. In the bathroom, a pink and teal wallpaper complements the deep teal hue of the tiles.

Read the full story of Emma’s California-inspired townhouse in London here

3. Pink accents in Bristol

Louise McGerty of @the_little_pink_nest and her husband James Harper created a colourful yet contemporary terraced house with some savvy spending and plenty of determination. As well as the exterior of the Bristol property being painted pastel pink, the interior uses plenty of the playful hue too. Removing a wall between the hall and kitchen created a more open-plan layout and a cosy banquette corner where the kids love to hangout. The natty paint job – achieved with the clever application of masking tape – sets the tone for the pink lighting from Creative Cables and plenty of pink accessories, including cushions from H&M Home and geometric rug from Aldi.

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Louise McGerty and husband Paul used pink accents throughout their renovated terraced house. Photo: Colin Poole

Originally, Louise kept the use of pink through the rest of the house quite subtle, but has since gone for a full on Bridgerton Pink in the living room – see it here on Instagram. In the kitchen, blush pink breakfast bar stools, napkins and decorative accessories add a playful lift to the deep teal-green tiles on the wall. In the bathroom, an entirely monochromatic scheme is softened with pink towels, and in the living room – pre Bridgerton-makeover – the colour was incorporated through an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table.

Read the full story of the colourful, period terraced house here

4. Pink meets cottagecore in Hertfordshire

Nikki Shore of @weeny_victorian_house_in_ware made this Victorian house in Hertfordshire into her dream home by extending it and filling it with vintage treasures. With a keen eye for vintage pieces and a love of pink, Nikki created an eclectic cottagecore-style interior. The walls in the open-plan kitchen-diner are painted using Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground and Ball Green, with pink furnishings and an upcycled pink-painted sideboard from @bourjoisbiscuit setting the tone. Additional pink and green accessories – fringed lamps, vases, watering cans and plants – create the cottagecore effect.

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By extending this Victorian house and filling it with vintage treasures, Nikki Shore made it into her dream cosy home. Photo: David Giles

In the living room, the pinks and greens morph into deeper jewel tones, creating a vibrant-yet-cosy feel thanks to the relaxed style of the sofa. Fifties Miami was the inspiration behind the couple’s vibrant bedroom, with palm print, velvet touches and gold accessories. A loft conversion allowed for the perfect space to include a spacious dressing area and en suite. Two years later, a rear conservatory was added, which is now home to a painted wicker chair from eBay and an eclectic pair of pink legs from Muck N Brass.

Read the full story of this Victorian home in Hertfordshire

5. Upcycled pink kitchen in West Sussex

Annemarie Goodchild’s clever changes transformed her kitchen without wasting a thing. The cabin crew member wanted to refresh the kitchen in her four-bedroom Victorian semi in West Sussex.

Annemarie Goodchild kitchen makeover After | Contemporary kitchen makeover: It's my old space with a new look | Image David Giles | Good Homes Magazine

She tweaked the layout, painting the units in dusky pink, replacing the handles and installing a new floor for a brighter, more modern look. Grey floor and wall tiles added cooler tones, while oiled oak worktops introduced a natural element. The handles were as cheap as chips from Amazon and Annemarie’s cousin, who has a clothing company, gave her the little card holders for the drawers. The plan is to write what’s inside each one. The whole budget-friendly kitchen makeover came in under £2,500.

Read the full story of Annemarie’s budget kitchen makeover here


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