Decorating with pink conjures up ideas of frilly pillows and girly accessories. But, in actuality, this hue can be chic and dare we even say masculine -- used in the right combination, of course. Add it as a surprising accent color in an otherwise neutral space or pair it with a complimentary color so it vibrates.
All we know is, we need a little pink in our lives! So, scroll through for eight foolproof ways to incorporate it in your own home.
1. A soft petal pink is a fabulous backdrop to neutrals and pops of deep jewel tones.
2. A tiny pop of bright fuchsia in a surprising location, like the back of a bookshelf, makes an otherwise white room sing.
4. A touch of light pink softens a cool, modern space.
5. No one ever said kitchens can't be pink.
6. Don't forget your outdoor living space. Pink rocks in the garden.
7. Pink and navy is a classic and tailored combination.
8. Little girls' nurseries don't have to be babyish. Try pairing pink with charcoal for a sophisticated approach.
Are you considering repainting your space yourself? Read these tips for a stress-free project.
Don't let finding the right paint color cause you stress. Jordan tells us, "there are plenty of tools to help you choose the right color for your space and I recommend using them for every step of the design process." Tools like Chip It allow you to pull a palette from any inspirational image, and online apps let you add color to photos of your own space so you can visualize the result before you start.
"Let's face it, paint chips just aren't big enough and you don't want to put in all that work on painting a space only to realize it wasn't the right color choice," Jordan told us, and suggests buying sample pots of the shades you are considering. Variations in lighting, the times of the day and even the season can effect the way a color looks in a space. Jordan recommended using Small Wall™, an adhesive backed paint sample board that you can test the colors on.
It sounds time-consuming, but properly preparing your room will save you stress. "Nothing is worse than ruining an expensive piece of furniture or carpet with excess paint that has dripped off of your roller or brush," said Jordan. This means using painter's table to protect fixtures and molding, and covering floors and furniture with drop cloths.
You may just want to dive in and start slapping paint on the walls, but trust us, doing things in order will save you from a headache and prevent having to clean up drips or repaint areas laters on. Jordan told us "the proper order should be ceiling, walls, wood/trim and floor."
Although it's great to get a deal at the hardware store, choosing better quality brushes and supplies will save you time in the long run. A good brush will hold more paint, and allow you to get an even finish with less coats.
Wet wipes or disposable facial cloths are perfect for wiping up paint drips or footprints from wood floors because the alcohol will loosen it up. Keeping these on hand will save you the stress of cleaning up the paint once it has dried.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but before you begin, arrange all of your necessary tools, like cans, brushes, rags and rollers in one area. Having your materials scattered around your space will surely cause accidental messes and more work.
Before heading to the paint store, take accurate measurements of your room's height, width and length so the salesperson can help you determine the right amount of paint you'll need. Running out of paint halfway through a project is not only annoying, but you may see a slight variation in color when you have a second batch made.
This HGTV video shows you paint brush selection tips with Amy Matthews.
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