June 14, 2012

Hot Pink is a Neutral

"Hot pink is a neutral. Tell me one single color that doesn't look good with hot pink." --Designer Roman Alonso, when asked what working with Isaac Mizrahi has taught him. I couldn't agree more! Winter or summer, hot pink is the perfect color to bring cheer and freshness to a room. It's shades are as varied as the tastes of beholder; it is a foil for crisp whites in a bedroom; it is ultra-chic when mixed with black & white photography or drawings, and it can help create a space that never fails to bring a smile. Here are some great examples along with a few sources, just in case you suddenly have the need to create something pink.

Design collaboration Charlotte Moss & Jennifer Marsico; Bedding - Egyptian Cotton "Double Scallop", Casa Del Bianco; Wall paint (similar to shown) Glidden "Pink Tiger #81RR; Chair Fabric - F. Schumacher "Gordian Weave"
Published in Domino Magazine, April 2007

Redesign 40 Square Meter Apartment Livingroom
In this tiny and stylish space, the warmth of hot pink is juxtaposed against lots of cool, restful white. Photo via Luxitrend

Headboard and pillows in Bennison Roses in Lipstick Pink in bedroom of the lovely American Girl in Chelsea, design by T.Craig.

HOT PINK! door
Saying "Welcome Home" in a most unique and pretty way.

Jackie O 1961
The beautiful Jackie Kennedy in pink, 1961.

via The French Tangerine Pink and golden yellow make a fantastic pair. 


three of my favourite things! Flowers vintage books and crochet ^_^
Inspired Design - Tumblr

Forming a bond between red and deep pink is a beautiful antique textile via Trouvais.

such pretty colors

Painting - Tina Steele Lindsey Sorbet

In my front garden, a raspberry pink Knockout Rose standard, purchased at Home Depot still happy after a heavy rainstorm. This is the easiest rose to grow; you basically just sit back and enjoy the show.

Here's a little pink trivia: Pink has not always been identified with being "girly". In fact, not too long ago pink was considered suitable for boys only. A June 1918 article from 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 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 Mag Isn't it funny how times change? True to our modern sensibilities, we now regard pink however we choose, allowing it at times to be girly and at others completely "neutral".



  1. Beautiful images to brighten up a very wintry day here. How welcoming is that pink front door! x Sharon

  2. Not only did your pink post make me smile I learnt a little pink stuff I didn't know. Fabulous post have a great weekend Keri
    Carla x

  3. Hi Keri, thanks so much for visiting me yesterday! We do eat the strawberries plain, or with yogurt or ice-cream. In a short time, our red currants will be ready to pick and my daughter loves to make herself a large bowl of them just with milk/cream and sugar.
    Strawberries plus cream equals divine pleasure, I agree!!!
    Your post here is lovely and interesting. I love pink! I have some spots of pink and hot pink in our house (in the form of cushions and flowers) - my daughter wants to paint the walls of our family room pink, I am wavering....
    The photo of Jackie Kennedy is gorgeous. It reminds me of fuchsia lipstick by Lancome in that shade that I used when I was younger....perhaps I should try it again!
    Have a lovely day!

  4. Sorry but I hate pink so it isn't a neutral color to me simply irritating....lol. Hot pink was very fashionable in the 18th century and yes men wore it all the time. I have to admit your rose bush is beautiful, my orange roses are just starting to open.

    Enjoy your weekend Keri!

  5. I LOVE PINK! I do not use it in my décor, but I wear it and it does my complexion some good!

    Oh sweet friend, thank you for informing me about the spam...I have received two strange emails, but dumped them immediately. How does this happen? Did you send me an email? How lovely! But yes, I did get something from a Jenny Wentworth ( I do not know anyone with this name!)

    I hope you are feeling GREAT and that you are enjoying this fabulous start to summer.

    I AM!!! LOVE, Anita

  6. Gorgeous. All of it. I'm partial to pink so I love this post. xo

  7. I love a little pink here and there. And I think that painting is pretty fantastic. Thanks for the introduction to the artist. Have a great weekend, Phyllis

  8. great examples, love it!
    i knew someone that had a pink kitchen, appliances and all. it was stunning to everyone except her all male household........being an old house maybe it was originally intended for boys

  9. I would have never believed it, but you are right...so wish I had Jackie O's dress to wear tonight...

  10. I think everybody's been feeling very pink lately. Such a good rosy thing! That photo of Jackie is so fab. Love this.

  11. Gorgeous, high energy post - a great way to kick off the weekend! That first bedroom is so glam. I love it!

  12. Keri,
    What lovely examples of pink. I'm especially fond of the toile images, your roses and the pink umbrella.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Hi Kerri -
    I did not know about pink being a color for boys back in the early 20th cen...interesting! How times / trends have changed. I do love pink and, see it as a very versatile color: looks great with charcoal grey or bright green, etc. Neutral, indeed.
    Cheers from Sweden,
    PS - Fabulous rose standard!!

  14. I meant Keri not Kerri....knew that and, many apologies :-)

  15. No matter how old I get, I still love pink!
    I love it with gray, and plan to plant pink roses against my gray wood garage.

    Like most everyone else, I had no idea that pink used to be a color saved for boys.
    Lovely post... and I learned something too!


  16. Hi Keri, I have had pink in my home for over 20 years, and not sure if I could live without it now! Beautiful, beautiful post....your rose looks gorgeous in full bloom, don't recognize the ground cover underneath...I am looking for something other than ivy for mine...What is it? Great history lesson too! N.xo

    1. Salvia 'Victoria Blue' is under the roses. It was early spring & had not yet bloomed. (I emailed you too.) :)


  17. Love this post. The colors are beautiful. Love the fabric, the flowers, everything....

  18. Your photos are just amazing! I am so in love with them!

  19. I am your newest follower and enjoyed every picture!! Love the fabric, the headboard and that pink door...oh my!!

  20. I have never been a fan of pink but that rose is stunning~ and lovely choices of images~

  21. I ADORE pink! Fabulous choice of images - and your roses are absolutely STUNNING!
    Paula x

  22. Hi Keri,
    Sometimes you see things that make you sit up and smile.
    These images are just wonderful and I've looked at 'hot pink' in a whole new light.
    Apart from the scent of roses, I hadn't thought about planting them in my garden as I didn't like the look of them in the winter. But just recently I've had inkling to plant some climbing roses round the walls of our house. Yours look fabulous.
    Hope you have a lovely week,


  24. Such interesting trivia! I love a pop of hot pink!!

    ~ Clare x


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