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Dusky Pink – Interiors Turn a Warmer Shade of Neutral

 

From vivid colours and ornate embellishments, to stark lines and austere spaces, interior design trends have often taken the bold route to fame. This time around, though, it is a subtle blush that has been seeping into practically every realm of design. This gentle “dusky pink” has not only made itself at home in contemporary interiors, but can even be spotted in present-day ceramics, graphics, apparel and accessories. Its widespread use has prompted several design experts to term it as this generation’s favourite colour. While that tag is yet to become official, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the chic and charming dusky pink is here to stay.

So what exactly is dusky pink and what makes it so attuned to present-day interior design preferences? To begin with, this isn’t a shade that defines itself through a set of RGB values. Rather, dusky pink can be understood as an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of warm, subtle highlights of rose, salmon, peach and their ilk – the kind that emulate the pink haze of the sky at dusk. These soothing tints dial down the attention-grabbing, eyebrow-raising effects of bubble gum and baby pink, and can effortlessly lend themselves to generous stretches of wall, soft furnishings, and even statement pieces.

Giving neutral a new aura

A few years ago, Scandinavian designers introduced pale pinks to their standard palette, using them to complement the wood and earth tones of their furniture and upholstery. The results drew plenty of appreciation from around the world, setting the stage for dusky pink’s recognition as the newest member of the neutral colour scheme. Grave greys and pale pastels began to team up with pink hues, creating cosy vibes that instantly spelt “home” – with a side of elegance, of course.

Today, the use of the neutral colour palette in home interiors typically coincides with the use of layers and textures. The intent is to create a mix of richness and cosiness that bare walls and surfaces in neutral shades can’t accomplish on their own. To this end, linen, suede, wool and cashmere frequently coexist within the same space, as do rugs, throws, cushions and a variety of accessories. Dusky pink tints gel well with these fabrics and textures, bringing each material to life with their soft blush. Muted pink weaves, velvets and porcelains are often paired with geometric patterns and earth tones to create interesting compositions in contemporary living spaces.

From the spotlight to just a soft light

The versatility of dusky pink is not just limited to its compatibility with a myriad of materials and finishes. This colour exhibits a remarkable degree of fluidity, grabbing attention when placed in the spotlight, and receding into the backdrop when used sparingly. Just like its impact can be enhanced and built into a statement sofa or a feature wall, it can also be washed down to a barely-there blush that does little more than warm up the light.

Gracefully rising to just about every challenge that the contemporary design aesthetic presents it with, dusky pink is a colour that opens up a world of gorgeous opportunities. Catering to practicality and quirk in equal measure, this gentle blush looks set to complement millennial homes for the foreseeable future.