Remember when millennial pink was the hue of the moment? Everything from velvet accent chairs and chic sofas to marble countertops could be found in the signature shade of blush. Though the once-popular hue has waned in popularity, our love of pink is still going strong (see exhibits A, B, and C). In search of shades of the traditionally flirty tone that feel fresh, we tapped some of our favorite interior designers for their expert-approved picks.
- Color Family: Pinks
- Complementary Colors: Greens
- Pairs Well With: Neutrals like white and gray for a sophisticated feel or brights such as orange, green, or yellow for cheerful or tropical vibes.
- Mood: Positive and cheerful
- Where to Use: Small spaces like office or bathroom, or a children's room
Spanning a soft yet saturated blush pink that's inviting and warm to a delicate shade that pairs well with bright whites and metallic finishes, these are the colors the pros are crushing on—and honestly, we don't blame them. They're sublimely subtle, decidedly modern, and completely swoon-worthy. Ahead, interior designers weigh in on the pink paint colors they swear by, including a shade that's "sophisticated and soft but definitely not too sweet."
Farrow & Ball Pink Ground
"I love Farrow & Ball Pink Ground," gushes Tali Roth. "It's a neutral, so depending on the context it is in, it can read as more pink or more beige, which works well for the way I design spaces."
"I love the softness and sophistication of this color for summer," she says. "Super-subtle pastels feel so fresh right now, but they also offer a timeless quality (and are safe since they read as neutrals)."
Valspar Sweet Pastel
"It is a really soft yet saturated blush pink tone that gives the walls a really pretty warmth and is inviting and happy without looking like you painted the walls with Pepto-Bismol," recommends Brady Tolbert.
Devine Color by Valspar Pirouette
Emily Henderson is a fan of Devine Color by Valspar's Pirouette.
"I have loved and used this color in a few different rooms," confesses Emily Henderson. "It is just the right tone of pink that can work in any space without it looking too young or juvenile."
She adds that the shade is "really flattering on most people’s skin tones."
Benjamin Moore Melted Ice Cream
"The soft pink color is a beautiful, delicate shade," says Shea McGee. "It makes a great background to showcase bright whites, bolder colors, and metallic finishes."
Portola Paints & Glazes El Mirage
"I worked with Portola Paints & Glazes to create the perfect pink hue with a bit of an edge for one of my projects," explains Stefani Stein. "After a few tweaks, we came up with El Mirage—a pale pink with a hint of dusty lilac. It's sophisticated and soft, but definitely not too sweet."
Fine Paints of Europe Windsor Pink
Sasha Bikoff loves Fine Paints of Europe's Windsor Pink.
"I've used pink paint to create everything from bedrooms to living rooms—I consider some shades almost like a neutral," she says. "As paler pinks have a cream and yellow base as opposed to purple, it means they're easier to pair with bold rugs and fabrics."
Portola Paints Camelia
Peter Dunham suggests Portola Paints' Camelia for a large living room. It's a pretty pale pink shade.
Benjamin Moore Love & Happiness
"One of the places I love to use color is in a kid's room," Shea McGee says. "Whether it's a playful wallpaper or subtle hint of color, it just adds a more relaxed, casual feel. Love & Happiness by Benjamin Moore is a beautiful shade that isn't too pink, and has this really pretty coral undertone that brightens up the whole space!"