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  • Writer's pictureKristina Lawrence

Pretty in Pink

I am unabashedly an 80's girl! However much I may have hated Andie's infamous pink polka dot and lace prom dress in the iconic 80s movie Pretty in Pink, she looked so pretty in it I wanted an entire new pink wardrobe! Fortunately, my desire to dress in pink barely surfaced in real life, although it remains a color that I am drawn to. It may be because it hints at a girlie side I'm sure I possess somewhere in the deep recesses of my psyche. Or it may be because it is one of my fashion "colors", at least so said my also-80s seasonal color profile. Or maybe it's simply that it's such a happy color and everyone looks good in it!

In either case, I can now flaunt my pink obsession because pink has grown up and is totally in! Check out these amazing photos...not a bow in sight!

A simple Google search for pink paint or pink decor will bring up hundred of photos of gloriously pink, grown up rooms, from garrishly bright fuschia to sensuously deep plums to calming pale blushes. Here are some of the best online resources I've come across to inspire you and help you envision ways you can make this color your own:

1. Kings Lane:

2. Elle Decor:

3. Pinterest:

4. Architectural Digest:

5. Better Homes & Gardens:

If you're not sure how you feel about pink in your home, go slow. Add a pillow or two, or even a rug with a bit of the color in it.

If you choose to indulge in this gorgeous color, here is the best tip I can give you (and this applies to all paint colors): because pink comes in every tone and hue under the sun, don't just pick your pink from a paper strip at Home Depot and assume you nailed it. What looked good under the fluorescent lights in a store will not necessarily look good in your living room. Invest in a small sample of a few different shades of the color you love and paint each of them on a white poster foam board. Move these boards around your room(s) throughout the day and see how they change with the light. Only then will you be able to pick the perfect pink. Once you've chosen your color, you can then cut a small square off the board to take with you when shopping for accessories, linens or other furnishings.

However you choose to embrace the pink trend, just remember what fashion icon Lily Pulitzer once said: "Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink!"

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