Pink the color is unique: it's the only tint of a primary color with its own name. Pink is also unique in provoking strong opinions in the Western world.
Even though there's no universally agreed meaning of the color pink, most Europeans (and Americans) see it as a 'feminine' decorating color.
My lovely husband, a self-respecting Englishman, once refused to sleep under a pink-flowered duvet!
In France, pink is celebrated in kitchens, living rooms, pink hallways ... there's absolutely no problem with the color pink, and no wall is off limits!
Even if you're not French, one of the following color combinations with pink is likely to work for you! I've gone easy on the 'girl' factor and found some gender-neutral & grown-up colors that go with pink. See what you think! (More great color combinations here!)
↑ The harmonious trio of camouflage green, indigo and cool grey pulls this pink color scheme firmly into 'male' territory. (You need quite a greyed tone of pink for this to work). Leather in a warm reddish browns (maroon, chestnut, burnt sienna) is perfect for 'masculine' color combinations with pink.
Best wall colors: Creamy white, light grey, sage green.
Best wood stain: Rustic oak.
↑ Chalky grey tones of plum and a hint of yellow make subtle, understated coordinating colors for pink, particularly the delicate, warm pink color of seashells. Subdued purple is great for accents as well.
Best wall colors: Creamy white or palest pink.
Best wood stain: Antique walnut.
Best wall colors: Palest (chalky) rose, pale mustard, whipped cream.
Best wood stains: Dark hardwoods.
↑ Combine a number of 'vintage' blue hues with a few shades of olive. Throw in a deep, glowing pomegranate red for accents, and make pink the color that pulls the color scheme together: a warm but washed-out, greyish tone of pink.
Best wall colors: Pale duck-egg blue, translucent grey, milky white.
Best wood stains: Grey driftwood, heritage oak.
↑ In this pink color scheme, an almost icy (distinctly non-sugary) pink is balanced by punchy magenta, and supported by warm tones of grey and a deep leafy green (which is essential to this color combination).
Best wall colors: Palest grey.
Best wood stain: Limed oak.
↑ This peach/turquoise combination skirts the 'yellow' side of pink (a more saturated version is 'Winter Sunrise' in the orange color scheme section). Essentially, this is a tinted orange-blue complementary color combination. It is very soothing, perfect for a child's room or a sweet, restful bedroom.
Best wall colors: Creamy white or pale peach.
Best wood stain: Aged oak.
↑ Finally a vintage, feel-good combination of blue, green and a good dose of pink the color in three different hues. Think polka dots, Vichy checks and rose prints ... (I admit this one really isn't for the blokes. Well, see if you can talk him into it. He may find it hard to resist the happy colors.)
Best wall colors: White, pale pink or light misty blue.
Best wood stains: Natural or limed oak, rustic pine.
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