Decorating with Pink with Berkley Vallone
12 WAYS TO BRING IN THE BLUSH
“Pink makes me happy – it’s reminiscent of childhood,” says interior designer and Style Scout Berkley Vallone. She’s an expert at adding pink to rooms in a way that still feels sophisticated, and we asked her to share her secrets to the glamorous pinked-out rooms she designs.
1. “Use pink in little splashes, on things that can be changed,” she says. “In my house, I didn’t use it anywhere permanent.” Pair it with luxe and neutral finishes, like the Carrara marble and mirrored cabinetry in her dressing room. “Use classic materials in the places that you can’t change,” she says.
2. Think pink paint. Berkley’s bright pink guest bathroom walls below aren’t such a commitment. Paint is an easy fix. And if you want to know, that color is Be My Valentine, by Dunn Edwards, which Berkley says she chose in part for its great title. “I want to be the person that names the paint colors,” she says, laughing.
DON’T FORGET FLOWERS
3. “One of my favorite things to do is to take a really serious room and add pink peonies or pink roses,” she says, like in her master bathroom above. “It adds this element of fun.” Note the pink flowers all over these rooms, and the way they change each room for the better.
4. “Try a pink throw at the end of the bed, or pink pillows,” she says. Small investment, big impact.
5. Pink towels. Why not?
PALE IS PRETTY
6. The pink ottoman in her dressing room was a color commitment, but it works because it’s a pale shade, she says.
7. “Pair pink with neutrals — with black and white, with linen, with more sophisticated items,” Berkley says. That will always up the adult factor.
8. “Try pink dishes, or teacups, or pink kitchen accessories,” she says. That’s an easy way to have a lot of fun. “KitchenAid just came out with a hot pink mixer that I’m obsessed with.”
9. Hot pink works for boys, especially when paired with masculine shades as seen in Berkley’s son Cash’s nursery.
10.Try a pink vintage lamp, like the beauty in Berkley’s living room. The black shade is key to making it feel grown-up.
11. There’s always pink cake. This polka-dot darling was created by Tammie Coe Cakes in Phoenix, Arizona.
12. Pink artwork mixed with gold wallpaper = glam, but the blue sink console cools it all down. That’s true sophistication.