I LOVE pink, so much I even painted a car pink once. It was a 1969 Firebird – and technically – the color was a raspberry red. But the color transformed that classic muscle car to a super awesome chicks car. It said “bad ass” but “pretty”.
The Firebird is gone – but my love of pink sure isn’t. Craig Olsen transformed my thrift store couch into a prim yet punky pink settee. They were inspired by my favorite piece of artwork – Rites. It’s by an artist named Guillaume Azoulay. I admired this guy’s work while I was still in college. I’d never seen someone who could say so much with a twist of simple line.
I always wanted to bring some of the pink that’s in the Rite’s onto my walls. I didn’t dare at the apartment, knowing I’d have to paint over it someday. The dining room in the Lake Balboa Bungalow was the perfect spot to go pink. My paint colors are chosen from trial and error. I tried to match the vivid tones in the artwork and came away with Benjamin Moore’s China Berry, only to be completely disappointed. The longer it was on the wall the more I hated it. It was too dark. Thing 2 said it looked like it belonged in an old ladies house – ouch.
Then I did what I should have done first – cruised the internet for what professional designers are using. Pink is more popular than you would think. The top choices were Crushed Berries, Razzle Dazzle, Spring Azalea and Peony. As soon as I viewed the paint swatches at the local hardware store – I knew I would love Peony. But I dutifully tested the samples on the wall.
Peony is everything I wanted it to be. A strong, bright feminine color – more than Barbie could handle but less subtle than the 80’s. This color really woke up a space that was almost hiding. A lot of crafting and sewing happens on my dining room table. The pink walls will be inspiring and comforting. Next to come are Roman Shades. I’ll have to make these myself but there are some excellent tutorials out there – my Pinterest Sewing Tutorial board has a great selection of them.