Pink House Living is the beautiful new guide to decorating with pink from the founder of the award-winning blog, The Pink House. Pink is having a moment - from Rose Quartz, 2016's colour of the year, through to 2019's Living Coral - and this brand new book by Emily Murray is your practical guide to owning it. Check out our sneak preview of some of the pinkspiration ahead of it's release this month...
It turns out that pink is incredibly popular, on every level and in every way. We love pink. We love it on front doors, on walls and on rugs. We love it on Instagram, in magazines and in fabric charts. We love it in barely there blush, fuchsia and neon. And we love it in spite of — and sometimes because of — our partners’ aversion to it. Pink House Husband, I’m looking at you.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking that pink is just for girls. Not any more it isn’t. And back in Victorian times it wasn’t, when pink was a colour often used to dress baby boys, as it was seen as a paler form of red, which stood for power and masculinity. Funnily enough, blue — perceived as a softer, more gentle colour — was for the female of the species. In our more enlightened times, when girls can be boxing, biophysicist bad-asses, and boys are free(er) to work flexibly, design fashion and file their nails, the idea that certain colours ‘belong’ to certain genders is increasingly absurd.
So yes, pink is for people, but it’s also the colour of freedom, of individuality, of change. It’s the colour of anti-Trump pussy hats, gay rights movements and breast cancer charities, all of which use pink to add power to their campaigns. It’s for all these reasons, plus the fact that I was simply BORN loving pink, that this lighter shade of red has always and unwaveringly been my favourite colour.