Fabric and home decor: Color of the month: Pink

The color of the month for October has to be pink in honor of the Breast Cancer Awareness program.  We have heard a lot about pink this year since it was named color of the year by Pantone and the Color Marketing Group.  But every October we begin to see pink ribbons, t-shirts and other marketing material.  Not to be left out, the interior design industry supports the program and this year their Pink Swan Project brought together several well known interior designers who each designed a chair to be auctioned off for charity.  Designers include familiar names like the adorable Nate Berkus, handsome Vicente Wolf and Margherita Missoni, who has gained a great deal of attention since the debut of her home decor line for Target.

Like most colors, Pink is available in many different shades, making it possible to use in most homes.  Of course there is the obligatory Barbie doll pink that most of us would not want in our living spaces but if you know a 5 year old little girl I guarantee you that is the color for her.  But subtle shades of pink like coral, mauve (yes it’s back) and peach can all be incorporated into many different color schemes.

This pink and gray room combines some masculine elements like the tree trunk table and black accents with several shades of pink found in the artwork, pillows and chair.  I don’t think a man would be uncomfortable in this room, do you?

courtesy of elements of style blog

This  battered old chair celebrates today’s bohemian trend and is neither masculine nor feminine in my opinion.

If pink furniture is just a bit much for your husband (or you for that matter) pink dinnerware will add a pretty touch to your table settings.  It works beautifully with the sage green accents.

photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Fabric and paint are the easiest ways to introduce a touch of pink to your home.  Trim a pillow, add a band of pink to the leading edge of draperies or upholster a foot stool in an inviting shade of pink for your den or family room.  It will be noticed!  How have you introduced pink into your home decor?