The enduring millennial pink is here to stay. Here is how to tap into this happy colour trend for your home.
No, I am not Barbie and I have no intention of living in Barbie’s pink world. But, let’s just say that, like many millennials, I am quite fond of the trendy millennial pink, and how it has influenced many aspects of our lives, from the way we dress to how we decorate our homes.
Below are key highlights on how the millennial pink trend has evolved over the years in interior design, and how to cleverly infuse such exquisite colour into your home decor.
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WHY IS MILLENNIAL PINK CALLED MILLENNIAL PINK
Made famous by the likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in the early 2000’s, Rihanna through her Fenty Puma collaboration, and Drake via the cover of his 2016 hit single Hotline Bling, millennial pink continues to inspire interior design, the arts, fashion, and beauty.
Once considered a girly-girl hue associated with Barbie pink, millennial pink also known as Tumblr Pink, Scandi Pink, or Dusty Pink has evolved over the years to become a symbol of the gender neutrality movement by the summer of 2016. That same year, Pantone named Rose Quartz and Serenity as Colours of the Year.
Such a shift in societal norms, triggered by Gen Y (millennials born between 1981 and 1994/6), is all about accepting people for who they really are. Moreover, it has made creating and decorating with millennial pink quite appealing to people of all genders and industries.
As a result of this, other versions of the hue emerged to include a broader range of shades, from beige with an undertone of blush pink to a peach-salmon hybrid.
MILLENNIAL PINK TREND HIGHLIGHTS: From Fragonard to Pantone Rose Quartz
In the world of interior design, key periods mark the emergence of millennial pink as an enduring colour for creative minds evolving in the industry.
1767: Jean-Honoré Fragonard paints The Swing, which depicts a young woman clothed in a ruffled, ballet-pink dress rocking above the ground on a crimson-cushioned swing.
1950s: GE and Frigidaire start selling pastel pink fridges with curvy lines to American middle class households to serve as accents contrasting with the kitchen walls and cupboards.
1960s: Modernist furniture designer Milo Baughman designs the pink Swivel Egg Chair and a subsequent range of pink-and-chrome credenzas and home furnishings.
1968: Modernist architect Luis Barragán builds the Cuadra San Cristóbal family home in Mexico City, with the courtyard showcasing geometric walls in pink hues and earth tones.
1980s: Interior designer David Hicks uses a bespoke bright pink wallpaper in the card room of the Villa Verde home in Portugal that he designed for close friends Amin and Nahid Ghani.
1985: French diner Florent opens with pink ceiling and walls in Manhattan Meatpacking District, which remained a hub of gay New York and social activits until its closure in 2008.
2001: Pantone names fuchsia rose as colour of the year
2007: Artist Julian Schnabel designs the 12 floors tall Palazzo Chupi, a pink residential condominium building in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City.
The venetian inspired palazzo is described by many as “an exploded Malibu Barbie house”.
Early 2014: The “Scandi Pink” trend emerges on Pinterest thanks to Scandinavian designers like Muuto, Scholten & Baijings, Space Copenhagen that use pink shades in their designs.
June 2014: British artist David Shrigley and designer India Mahdavi update the flagship restaurant the Sketch Gallery with blush pink walls and pink velvet chairs.
2016: Pantone names Rose Quartz and Serenity as Colours of the Year
TIPS FOR DECORATING WITH MILLENNIAL PINK
Now that you know the history, you may still be ambivalent about millennial pink, and you want to figure out simple ways to add it into your home. Here are a few suggestions to try out.
Paint a room
Paint a whole room in your favourite millennial pink shade(s) or make an accent wall that combines Scandi pink with other colours of your choice.
If you want to experiment more, go for a floor-to-ceiling millennial pink look, or paint your old floor tiles or battered wood floors in one of your rooms with shades of blush pink.
Be daring with dusty pink tiles
Who says that life is all about white, beige, and grey? Take a bit more risks with your home colour scheme by adding a touch of dusty pink tiles to the kitchen backsplash, the bathroom floors or the walls to elevate your interior.
The subtle tile shading will bring colour, understated elegance, and warmth into your space.
Make an impact with with wallpaper
Get a peel-and-stick wallpaper with a gorgeous millennial pink shade. And use it to create an accent wall or a focal point in your powder rooms and any other eclectic parts of your home that you want to bring to life.
This will showcase your happy personality and may inspire family and friends in your network to be a bit more creative with their abode.
Create a dusty pink wall art gallery
If splashing your walls or floors with millennial pink shades is too much of a commitment, how about putting together a wall art gallery with a few pictures showcasing paintings or pictures with pops of dusty pink?
Use the select few images’ subtle pink highlights to serve as accent features in your gallery wall.
Push the boundaries with home furniture
Yes, you are indeed allowed to break conservative interior decorating rules, and invest in a millennial pink furniture of your choice. Who says you can’t, anyway?!
A comfortable accent chair, a statement sofa, a pouffe, or even a chest of drawers can add that extra punch of colour into your space to create an inviting atmosphere.
Be playful with decor accessories
Again, the commitment phobic will like this option, because it’s relatively easy to swap decor accessories based on seasons or a particular mood you are seeking to achieve in your home.
Use your cushions, throws, trinkets, vases, area rugs, table lamps, curtains, and decorative objects to add different textures and layer to your rooms with various shades of millennial pink, starting with the safe beige with a hint of pink.
A muted colour palette for your home furnishings with pops of colour and mixed metals in brass and silver work well with millennial pink. Contrasting colours such as deep navy blue or black can also be paired well with dusty pink.
Experiment and see where it leads you. It’s your home; allow your creativity to shine!
Keep it safe with flowers
Shades of pink roses mixed together with other flowers and plants might be just enough for you to enjoy millennial pink as and when needed.
It won’t massively disrupt your well assorted home aesthetics. And hopefully it will deliver just that barely there colour that you need to infuse in your space.
Have fun with kitchen utensils and gadgets
From rose gold kitchen tool sets to multipurpose cookware, the juicer, the kettle, or some dishes, invest in one or two kitchen gadgets with pink shades that will add playfulness into your kitchen and on your dining table. Have fun!
MILLENNIAL PINK HOME DECOR FINDS TO STIR UP YOUR CREATIVITY
Here is an eclectic list of elegant and quirky home goods in millennial pink that will give you a clear idea on how to use that colour in your living space. Enjoy!