First recorded in the 17th century to describe the dianthus flower, the color pink has expanded to include countless shades and has become known for its associations with love, romance and beauty.
Until the mid 1900s, pink was mainly considered a masculine color. A June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw's Infants' Department said, 'The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl. '(Smithsonian)”.
During the 1940s and 50s in the US, retailers and pop culture began marketing pink for girls and blue for boys. Ultra feminine movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn wore iconic pink dresses in films like How to Marry a Millionaire and Breakfast at Tiffany’s , strengthening pink’s association with femininity.
Girly products such as Barbie and Mary Kay cosmetics adopted pink as their color and it became the signature color for breast cancer awareness.
Italian born French fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, coined the color "Shocking Pink" in 1947. She called the color "life-giving" and used it in many of her visionary designs.
The phrase was so popular Schiaparelli even developed a signature perfume "Shocking" branded in pink!
Pink in the Home!!!
Pink was extremely popular during the exuberant design phase that took place post World War II. Everyone looks good in a pink light, so it was an especially good color for kitchens and bathrooms. It is estimated that a 5 million pink bathrooms were installed in 20 million+ homes built in the United States between 1946 - 1966.
Jayne Mansfield, one of the early Playboy Playmates, really went overboard with this trend!!!!
Even designer extraordinaire, Pam Pierce, designs with Pink as she does in this promo photo for her new magazine MILIEU, which will premiere soon!!! Can't wait!!!
In the past few decades, shades of pink have been getting a lot more attention in the interior design world. Expanding from the dusky mauve popular in the 80s, today you can find homes with every tone of pink from soft blush tones to hot pinks. The shades are endless!
Farrow & Ball Pink Ground was used by designer Richard Coleman in this pretty living room where we finished the cabinetry.
Sorry about the pic, but just had to show this darling nursery where we painted French panels behind the bed in tone on tone PINK!! Pinks often grow pinker when painted so pick a shade less pink and lighter than you think you want!!
Whether it is used as in small doses or as the backdrop for a dramatic scene, pink adds a sophisticated touch to any room! Hope you enjoy my pink favs below!!!
I am tickled pink to talk about pink today-hehe!! I was so excited to see Joni Webb's posting on the Aidan Gray contest winners. I was honored to be asked to help with one of the homes!
This was the after shot of the dining room where we plastered the walls and Randal furnished the room. Thank you so much Joni for hosting the contest and Randal with your stunning furnishings and amazing design work!! To see before and after’s of all of the houses go to Cote de Texas here. Hope everyone has a wonderful week! I am headed to Austin for a little vaca with my family for a few days!! Will be fun! Our last hoorah before my son moves to Dallas! Till next week! xo Leslie
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