Anyone who regularly reads my blog knows how I feel about pinky beige (and now the 17 True Colour Experts from my class these past 3 days can see it a mile away as well) you'll never find it in any of my interiors. And it's because it's the most limiting undertone to work with. It completely cancels out any shade of yellow or orange and was big in the 80's paired with teal and burgundy. So if you inherited it in your house (or want to update what you have), here are some images that will help you turn it from dirty into happy:
The pinky beige carpet in this living room has not been repeated in the decorating (and I think it should be) it looks a little like it's being ignored right now but it still looks good with the blue furniture and dark walls).
Here (above) it's paired with turquoise and red. Red is in the family of pink so it works, and almost any shade of blue goes with it.
Here it's the chaise and pattern in the chair but again blue is the colour it works with the best.
In this bedroom above, it looks great with cream and here (below) again with blue and white:
And below with purple and blue (in the rug).
By the way I have taupe (which I think is a mixture of gray and beige) in a different category than pinky beige, but most people call this colour taupe or mushroom.
Having my course at Gregory's Paint & Flooring
in John's Creek, Atlanta this weekend was perfect because we spent some time looking at tile and carpet talking about which colours worked with certain undertones
. Rebecca (owner of the store) brought over a common tile in pinky beige and said it was in many homes locally.
The conclusion I have come to over the years is that on first glance a small square of tile, paint or wood stain (above) looks warm and neutral. People think, it kind of looks light brown–that has to be the most neutral colour right? But then when it's all over your floors, you notice (with dismay) that what you actually have is a pink beige floor or wall or sofa.
So if it's in your carpet or tile, fixtures in your bathroom and it's bossing you around, either go so dark with the wall colour that it starts to look indistinguishable or bring in the blue, cream, and/or red so that it looks current.
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