What to Do About Pink

Every color has its place; however, if you forced Design Director Stephen Kladder to pick his least favorite color, it would be pink.  So, what to do about pink?  In his artwork, Design Director Stephen Kladder easily found pink’s proper place in his piece entitled, “Steppin’ Out”, inspired from the back pages of an Interview magazine photo of one of the many featured glamour parties.  The glam girl’s tightly wrapped pink dress is the focal point of the piece.  Her escort’s attire provides needed contrast with black, brown and red, but he appears as an overlooked companion for the lady in pink.

A painting can be a great source for an interior’s color palette.  Using Stephen’s art piece as a cue for a color palette that includes pink, it is easily adaptable to an interior by washing out the brown and red to a similar value as the pink, and using the black and reddish purple for contrast.  The sandy beige and yellow completes the palette.

The INSTUDIO Design Directors found a rug at the San Francisco Design Center showroom Aga John that nicely incorporates pink into a color palette as well.  When developing a color palette using pink, remember, what is pink?  It is a tinted red.  With that in mind, the rest of the color palette comes easier.  First, consider adding the complement of red:  green.  To work with pink, however, the green, like the tinted red, or pink, should be tinted so it is a soft, pale green.  Remembering that pink is within the color family of reds, adding a muted burgundy adds a needed darker contrast for the palette.  With a neutral field of beige with a hint of muted copper, you have a successful color palette that includes pink.