How to Use the Color Pink in a Little Girl’s Room

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Did you know that the color pink hasn’t always been associated with little girls? Yup! In fact, it wasn’t until around 1910 that the color signified girls, and up until the 1950’s it wasn’t strongly associated with femininity. Prior to that, pink was associated with little boys and blue was for girls. Mind boggling, right? Read more about it here. Nowadays, the color tends to be more associated with fairy tale princesses and what girl doesn’t want to be a princess?!

The tricky part about decorating in pink is finding the right shade. The wrong shade can scream tacky and cheap while the right shade, paired with the right colors, can be tasteful and satisfying. There are three important things to know about decorating with pink for a little girl’s room.

Pair pink with a cool color

Pair Pink with a Cool Color
Images: (Top Left) Two Ellie, (Top Right) Bolig, (Bottom Left) Yahoo She, (Bottom Right) House That Lars Built

Take a look at all of these bedrooms. They all contain a shade of pink in one form or another. The bottom right is a bright pink modular tile rug while the top right has pale pink walls. The one common thread between all the rooms is that they are cooled down and, therefore, balanced out with either a complementary green or blue color. This step automatically makes the room easier to live in. Think of how many times you’ve entered a little girl’s room and the walls, curtains, bedspreads, and artwork is all pink. It can be a little much and you probably wouldn’t want to spend too much time there. Pairing it with a complementary green in a similar value (lightness and darkness) as the pink itself, can elevate the level of sophistication.

Use various shades of pink throughout the space

Use Various Shades of Pink
Images: (Top Left) Home to Home, (Top Right) Sketch Creative, (Bottom Left) Pinterest, (Bottom Right) Huso Hem

Another tip for making a pink room easier to live in is to use various shades of pinks and reds. By playing with the value of your chosen shade of pink, you are adding more depth to the room. For example, the ombre curtains on the bottom left, create a more layered effect and help balance out the pink peony (and notice that it’s “cooled” down with a mint chair. See tip 1). The bottom right bedroom is a great example of using various shades of pinks and reds to create a pink bedroom that is more than one-dimensional.

Bring pink down to earth

Bring Pink Down to Earth
Images: (Top Left) Pinterest, (Top Left) Pinterest, (Bottom Left) Milk Magazine, (Bottom Right) Pinterest
The bedrooms here all show how pink can be a dominant color in the room, but still rely on many other colors to make it more grounded. The top two rooms both use beautiful woods to create a sense of warmth. The bottom left uses a deep brown to achieve the same effect.

There are so many ways to create wonder in a little girl’s room and pink can certainly help to achieve that look. Hopefully, these tips will help create a higher level of sophistication and liveability.

Have you used pink before? How have you done it successfully?

2 Comments

  1. I love this post….the tips and the general design. great job Brittany! Also, every single room is a girls dream.

  2. I love a spot of raspberry pink in a room…….
    Great post!

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.