Interior Design Director Samuel Fleming Lewis of INSTUDIO has both good and bad memories of PINK. The living and dining rooms of his childhood home in Los Angeles were painted 1950’s country club pink and in the 1970’s pink shirts were almost a standard alternate to white or blue at the large architectural firm where he worked. On his first trip to New York City in the late 1970’s he wore pink pants to Harlem. These are all of the good memories of pink. Bad memories include viewing an apartment with white walls that the landlord had planned to paint pink, moving into a San Francisco apartment which had pink carpet and buying a house with an awful pink toilet, bathtub and sink. Pink has followed Samuel around for years, the bad memories were corrected fast with neutral colors when Samuel decided he didn’t like pink as a color for himself.
Lately Samuel has seen an overload of pink for pink’s sake. Interior design publications made him question the repeated use of pink. Is it a trend or are we all supposed to make friends with this “new color” pink? While the Design Directors of INSTUDIO love all colors, unless you really love a color so much that you consider it your own, follow color trends carefully and in your own way.
When selecting pink colors consider pale pinks that could almost be white. Grayed or brown pinks on walls capture the warmth of pink for any room without the effect of looking like a baby girl’s bedroom. If you love strong color a vivid purple pink, hot pink or magenta can energize an entire room or work as an accent wall color. Bright pinks used as accessories can change a room without the need to redecorate.
Visit instudio-sf.com for Design Directors Stephen Kladder and Lynne Gillan’s thoughts and views on PINK.