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Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?

Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?

Pink is more than a color, it’s an attitude.

A soft blush—think the color your cheeks turn when you see your crush—is being lauded as one of the “it” colors for 2015 (e.g. from Pantone and Sherwin-Williams).

How can you pull off this happy hue without it looking too girly or vintage? Here are a few tips to make this pretty trend classic, modern and totally new, followed by some of my favorite blush hued goods on the market.


 

Mix with Brass, Copper or Rose Gold

Rose gold, copper and brass are the metallics you want—they bring out the warmth of the color.  It’s not a color to ying-yang…it should be a partner in the scheme, not a stand-out.

Ottiu, Andy Stool | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Ottiu, Andy Stool
The Andy Stool from Ottiu features brass and sheepskin, making it the perfect addition to a blush hued room.


 

Crushing on these gold and rose quartz coasters from Urbaine Home | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Urbaine Home, Kivita Coasters, $140

Crushing on these Kivita Coasters in rose quartz and gold.


 

Gorgeous copper cuff from Workstead | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Workstead Cuff, $250

Does it get any prettier than this copper cuff? It’s beautiful against a pale skin tone.


 

Dornbracht rose gold finish | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Dornbracht

 

Dornbracht rose gold finish | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Dornbracht

Dornbracht’s rose gold finish is sublime. Make this the stand out piece in the room. 


Make it Pretty, But Not Sweet

It’s tough to straddle that line of pretty and too girly or prissy when choosing a color like blush.  To keep away from a cotton candy catastrophe, look for brown and orange undertones. Blush also pairs well with earth tones; think saddle leathers, natural wood tones, plum, evergreen, mustard and espresso hues.

Pantone’s color of the year would also be a fresh way to add depth. This years Pantone color, Marsala, makes a fabulous bold accent, modernizing this girly color. Also on the horizon for 2016, Sherwin-Williams Juneberry would be bold when paired with blush pink, as would Different Gold, Tansy Green and VanDyke Brown.

Pair blush with acid greens and yellows so it doesn't get too sweet. | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Image via Sadolinuganda


Blushing Beauties | Life's Too Short For Beige
Sherwin-Williams Mas Amor Por Favor Collection


Be Bold

Keep it edgy by adding some industrial or rock n’ roll elements. Combine with masculine elements and modern pieces. Make it part of a boho vibe or mix in some 70s chic. Black paired with blush gives it some major punk power. With some crisp modern art and sleek furnishings, you have a room that’s high on style and low on sugar.

Pair blush with black for some rock and roll edge. | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
The Sweet Escape

The black gloss floor and funky patchwork chair make this room anything but sticky sweet.


 

Sketch in London it the perfect pink meets punk. | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Image via Pinterest

Sketch, an edgy pink tea room in London, pairs bold industrial style with pink glamour to perfection.  I’m loving the modern patterned floor and cool framed sketches. Spot of tea, anyone?


 

Blushing Beauties | Life's Too Short For Beige
Revolve Clothing, Danielle Wellington Bristol watch, $225

A very masculine brown leather watch is given the perfect hint of femininity with rose gold accents. This is SO going to be my next watch.


 

Modern lines make blush totally fresh. | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Image via Nitel Shop

Proof that modern shapes make blush sexy and cool. 


New Florals

For those of us who still have a tiny bit of 5-year-old girl left in us (hand raised), you don’t have to completely abandon pretty in pink. Updated floral motifs are a totally acceptable way of bringing blush into your home. Just stick with modern interpretations of blooms, incorporate some boho elements with sinuous lines, and pair with unexpected pops of acid green or teal.

Modern lines make blush and flowers less sticky sweet. | Blushing Beauties: Is Blush the New Neutral?
Suite NY, London Collection Summer Edition

I would pair these vases from Suite NY with dark, moody blooms like burgundy roses or edgy black dahlias. 


 

Blushing Beauties | Life's Too Short For Beige
2Modern, Gandia Blasco Canevas Spaces Square Flowers Pouf, $1,230

A fresh twist on classic needlepoint, this pouf is a perfect example of how flowers and pink don’t have to be girly.


 

Conclusion…Is Blush the New Neutral?

Believe it or not, blush can be your new neutral. It’s bright enough to bring light into even the darkest rooms, but avoid pairing this color with stark white trim—try a creamy off-white instead. Plus, it’s a fabulous alternative to beige (wink).

Blushing Beauties |Life's Too Short For Beige
2Modern, Gandia Blasco Mangas Space Rhombus Rug, $$2,280

 

Blushing Beauties |Life's Too Short For Beige
Gandia Blasco rug

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