Black & Pink in a Space

Black and pink color palettes almost instantly draw me into a piece of art, or an article of clothing. They’re pretty to look at and wear, but is it possible to make those colors work in a room without them being too bright or bold? Almost anything is possible, keeping moderation in mind.

Black Furniture and Pink Pillows (via Simple Lovely Blog)

Black Furniture and Pink Pillows (via Simple Lovely Blog)

More Black Furniture, via the Decorista

More Black Furniture, via the Decorista

The two rooms above use black furniture in an otherwise normally colored room, with pink accents. Having light-colored or white walls is almost a necessity in this case, unless you want a really dark room. I really dig the shimmery magenta skull on the coffee table in the first photo! It gives the room a bit of humor to offset the bold couch and lamp. This is a dramatic way to use black but also practical, because black can be accented with pretty well any other color if you don’t like pink. You could have any number of colorful pillows to soften a black piece of furniture, or even a colored rug or carpet. The caged chandelier in the second image is really cool, very industrial chic.

Dark Room with Pink Furniture (via Apartment Therapy)

Dark Room with Pink Furniture (via Apartment Therapy)

Darker walls can give a room a very intimate and fashionable atmosphere, but they’re certainly not for everyone. If you really want darker walls (I’d recommend against stark black), go with lighter trim or flooring to help balance it out. This bedroom gets enough light that the walls wouldn’t darken the room too much; they’ve lightened up the room with bright pink furniture and flowers, as well. Light-colored frames and accessories will help keep the space lighthearted and cozy.

Pink Room with hints of Black (via the Decorista)

Pink Room with hints of Black (via the Decorista)

If you don’t want any dark dominating colors, why not use pink instead? There are tons of different shades of pink available, some less neon purple-y than others (salmon pink has recently become a more accepted wall color). The pink walls above keep the room nice and bright and work perfectly with the hardwood floor. The zebra-striped carpet is a nice touch. In this room, black accents such as the bed frame and picture frames on the walls help reign in the brightness of the pink.

Subtle hints of Black & Pink (more Decorista)

Subtle hints of Black & Pink (more Decorista)

Accents of Pink & Black (via Marcus Design)

Accents of Pink & Black (via Marcus Design)

To include pink & black in a room, they don’t necessarily have to be dominant. The desk and chair combo in the first photo above are very chic and playful without being too bright and overwhelming. The chevron inspiration board is a nice touch. These items could be added to a room without worrying too much about whether or not everything would work together, provided the room was fairly neutral. Even in a kitchen with a darker table and chairs, pink can be included in snacks and flowers.

Even if you’re not a huge fan of it, when pink and black are placed carefully in a space, whether through addition of accessories or a nice piece of art, they can act as a nice focal point and conversation starter.

I’m looking forward to getting some more progress down on my most recent painting this weekend. It’ll be the first weekend in awhile where we don’t have anything specific planned, so I have no excuses this time! I also went back on my idea of painting the background first. It’s coming along quite well but since I’m using linseed oil and several layers, it’s drying slowly and I’d like to keep working on it. On Tuesday I started in on the dress and shoes of the middle-girl. This painting is definitely going to take awhile, but I’m excited! Happy weekend!

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