by Louise Hurlbutt
A client asked me to design a small space off the bedroom she shared with her husband. The room was to be “her” space, a study or a library—a retreat where she could escape to write poetry, read, and relax. Her criterion was a pink palette because pink embodies an ongoing spring and summer. She wanted to feel happy and smile every time she entered the room. She also felt strongly that she wanted most of the furnishings to be made in the United States.
In a design world that has lately featured neutral colors, I was excited to design with a pink palette. Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer have brought pink back into their lines. Pink paint can be a tough color to work with, but one can create a glowing ambience with candles and gentle lighting. It is one of the most flattering of colors. One of my favorite colors in this palette is Benjamin Moore’s Bridal Pink.
Choosing the razzle-dazzle pink Ikat loveseat started the design process. The white and pink striped rug adds softness, along with the pink walls and the punch of the loveseat. Keeping the furniture white with some highlights of pink complements the overall design. The tabletops have texture, offered in linen or stone, and the tufting on the chair adds another layer of interest. In a study, function and storage are key, and we love working with Maine cabinetmakers. On your next project, don’t be afraid: embrace pink!