New romance - Embrace the feminine look in your home
Get on board with the feminine look and rethink pink for 2016
After seasons of sharp architectural lines and bold shapes, grey-on-grey hues and minimalist furniture, there's a whole new mood for the feminine coming back in interiors now, with the colour pink blazing an ombré trail at the forefront. But banish all thoughts of 1950s boudoir style or - worse, still - Barbie dollhouse cerise, because this subtle new hue is a truly grown-up style choice. And with one of the shades leading the way being a chalky tone of Rose Quartz, as picked by Pantone as one of the defining colours for 2016, this hue is definitely not a girls only zone.
In fact, in some ways it's best to think of the new pink as more of a 'new neutral' than a statement colour; not only is it the perfect backdrop or accent colour for furniture, artwork and accessories, it also offers a softer, airier palette that works already with existing trends of concrete, marble, light metallics and wood. It also mixes wonderfully well with grey and all the other moody dark colours we are feeling so drawn to now.
So hurry! You don't need to redesign your whole home. But it might be just the time to re-think the pink for 2016.
We love to see tactile fabrics such as brushed cottons and velvets coming to the fore, and no better than in cosy shades of pink and grey.
Get the look: Velvet and linen kingsize quilt in Blush, €330, Cox & Cox, coxandcox.co.uk
A Touch of Blush
Embrace the trend with subtlety and invest in some key pieces to change up a space.
Get the look: Lina side table set in Blush pink, €209, Cox and Cox, coxandcox.co.uk
Looking for a hot new hue for your kitchen dresser for spring? Take a cue from this 'Pink Peppercorn' colour from Neptune which looks so fresh and contemporary.
Get the look: This Chichester four-foot dresser is painted in their own-brand pink peppercorn paint, €2,500, Neptune Kitchens, neptune.com/ie/
Taking a cue from the Pantone colour selection of soft pink ('Rose Quartz') and ice cream blue ('Tranquil Blue') for 2016, Crown Paints have released a new collection of Shimmer colours in matt emulsion.
Get the look: Approximately €25 for 2.5 litres at crownpaints.ie
Think a lilac pink won't work in your stylish living space? Think again as this versatile colour goes so well with all of the muted greys, darks and off-whites we've been coveting for so long; it could be just the new-season update you need.
Get the look: Atticus sofa, €1,570, Loaf, loaf.com
Work those walls
Update your decorating scheme with some new feature wallpaper in this season's most buttery pink shade. This Yukotori wallpaper by Farrow and Ball is a simple design taken from a mid-twentieth century Japanese pen and ink drawing. Get the look: Wallpaper, €110 per roll, Farrow and Ball, farrow-ball.com
Let them be little
How gorgeous are these funky pastel twin beds for a kids' room? The ice-cream mint blue and pink work so well together, and are enough of a statement look to leave the rest of the scheme pared back (as much as a kids' bedroom can be pared back).
Get the look: Flexa childrens beds, €199 each, flexashop.ie