How to Design with Pink

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By Ivane Soyombo
The color pink is traditionally associated with many things, including love, luck, and good health; perhaps that's why these homeowners chose to include splashes of the color throughout their abodes.
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He created the star as a prop for a photo shoot. The kitchen cabinets benefit from a pop of rosy color, a custom hue. Fehrentz designed the steel-and-wood storage unit.

He created the star as a prop for a photo shoot. The kitchen cabinets benefit from a pop of rosy color, a custom hue. Fehrentz designed the steel-and-wood storage unit.

A slatted walkway leads into the new library, which the Gimons have outfitted with a Topissimo rug by Nani Marquina, Grove Garden wallpaper from Osborne & Little’s Tara collection, and a pink Chroma Sassy sliding wall panel by 3form.

A slatted walkway leads into the new library, which the Gimons have outfitted with a Topissimo rug by Nani Marquina, Grove Garden wallpaper from Osborne & Little’s Tara collection, and a pink Chroma Sassy sliding wall panel by 3form.

In the foyer, Deam left one surprise: The neon-pink guest bathroom is hidden behind heavy, dark-gray walls.

In the foyer, Deam left one surprise: The neon-pink guest bathroom is hidden behind heavy, dark-gray walls.

The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level.

The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level.

Eric Grunbaum added a hot pink powder-coated faucet by Vola for the downstairs bath in his Venice Beach home. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.

Eric Grunbaum added a hot pink powder-coated faucet by Vola for the downstairs bath in his Venice Beach home. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.

Clémence and daughter Clara, nine, relax on a purple Pierre Paulin 261 sofa below an installation by artist Alan McCollum. A small family of Verner Panton 1969 Wire lamps, featured in the inaugural Kreo exhibition, live to the left.

Clémence and daughter Clara, nine, relax on a purple Pierre Paulin 261 sofa below an installation by artist Alan McCollum. A small family of Verner Panton 1969 Wire lamps, featured in the inaugural Kreo exhibition, live to the left.

Being on the ground floor has its benefits—namely a bit of outdoor space. The black I-beam supporting the canopy of exposed joists offers a nice contrast to the wood above and below. Pink chairs do the trick as well.

Being on the ground floor has its benefits—namely a bit of outdoor space. The black I-beam supporting the canopy of exposed joists offers a nice contrast to the wood above and below. Pink chairs do the trick as well.

Inside the Wibowo house in Puyallup, Washington, the space is spare but infused with color because "painting is the cheapest way to decorate." Twelve-year-old Tabitha's room is pink. Photo by John Clarke.

Inside the Wibowo house in Puyallup, Washington, the space is spare but infused with color because "painting is the cheapest way to decorate." Twelve-year-old Tabitha's room is pink. Photo by John Clarke.

A garden path in the backyard was paved with discarded marble windowsills and stone doorframes. This reuse of ruins adds texture to the landscape.

A garden path in the backyard was paved with discarded marble windowsills and stone doorframes. This reuse of ruins adds texture to the landscape.

The architectural office below the living quarters is compact, with just enough space for shared workstations and a bookcase made of plywood and pink Plexiglas.

The architectural office below the living quarters is compact, with just enough space for shared workstations and a bookcase made of plywood and pink Plexiglas.

Gray-purple iron railings, a fuchsia and green wooden entry, and garage doors provide contrast to the white walls of this Santa Barbara home. Photo by Steven Holmes.

Gray-purple iron railings, a fuchsia and green wooden entry, and garage doors provide contrast to the white walls of this Santa Barbara home. Photo by Steven Holmes.

Statuario marble appears again in the bathroom, where it contrasts pink cabinets that create ample room for storage.

Statuario marble appears again in the bathroom, where it contrasts pink cabinets that create ample room for storage.

A good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages. The paint colors chosen by the residents and architect Linda Taalman are American Cheese 2019-40 and Blushing Bride 2086-50, both by Benjamin Moore.

A good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages. The paint colors chosen by the residents and architect Linda Taalman are American Cheese 2019-40 and Blushing Bride 2086-50, both by Benjamin Moore.

The living room is home to two Bouroullec Brothers designs: the Facett sofa for Ligne Roset, and the Slow chair for Vitra.

The living room is home to two Bouroullec Brothers designs: the Facett sofa for Ligne Roset, and the Slow chair for Vitra.

Designed by Standard Studio, the graphic store uses a palette of black and pink powder-coated metal and diagonally aligned wood slats. Photo by Wouter van der Sar.

Designed by Standard Studio, the graphic store uses a palette of black and pink powder-coated metal and diagonally aligned wood slats. Photo by Wouter van der Sar.