For the Love of Pink!

Thank you, all of my blog friends, for being so patient with our changing platforms in an effort to give the page a whole new look! I think we have it all figured out!! If you are not receiving the design articles in your mailbox each Monday morning then please go to ‘follow by email’ under my picture and type in your email address! You will receive complimentary design articles weekly and some additional tips and tricks of the trade exclusive to our subscribers!!!

Pink, the defining color of femininity and love, is representative of so many things. From the petal soft shades of the cherry blossom tree to the hottest fuchsia lipstick on the cosmetic counter, pink has long maintained a strong association with positive energy that even psychologists have taken notice of.

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In most European languages, word for pink is a direct derivative of the rose flower. In French and Dutch it is rose’, in German, Portugese, Spanish, and Italian the word is rosa, in Russian the color is known as rozoviy, and in Finnish it is called pinkki.

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The 1700’s marked the ‘golden age’ for pink, and it became a common color seen on mansions and churches across Europe. This was primarily a result of the use of brick or sandstone, typical building materials of the time.

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Pictured above, the Ostankino Palace in Russia was a country home built in the 18th century  for the then richest man in the country, Pyotr Sheremetev. More than just pink, the home is built entirely of wood – the Siberian pine trees used were plastered to appear as if stone – amazing!

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This remarkable, pink chandelier, the largest in the world, was a gift from Queen Elizabeth for a Sultan residing in the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul in the 1800’s; quite the gesture!

 

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Pink calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger, aggression, resentment, abandonment and neglect. Studies have confirmed that exposure to large amounts of pink can have a calming effect on the nerves. This pink room from Atlanta Homes seems to have just that effect.

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Believe it or not, violent and aggressive prisoners have been successfully calmed by placing them in a pink rooms.

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Maybe when the kids were little I should have had a pink time-out corner to calm those toddler to teenage nerves. The color pink represents the sweetness and innocence of the child in all of us!

 

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The more red found in pink, the more calming the color …………

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whereas the more white present in pink inspires bubblier behavior!….

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With both tones, pink inspires warm and comforting feelings; a sense that everything will be okay.

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Pink is a wonderful accent color in otherwise neutral rooms. This combination of cool grays nudges a space into the realm of fun without losing its air of sophistication.

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Perhaps due to its feminine nature and association with women, pink portrays feelings of giving and receiving. Mixed with browns and golds, this bedroom has a romantic air!

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And I couldn’t complete my list of favorite pinks without including a few paint pics of my own! Benjamin Moore’s Warm Blush and Farrow and Ball’s Pink Ground are two subtle, sophisticated pinks which won’t overtake the room. When choosing, a tip to remember is that pinks greatly intensify when painted on the wall so I always pick more mellow and subdued hues than I would like to see on the wall.

Your invited to participate in Segreto Secrets’ first Organization Challenge!

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March 2nd, join me and some of my favorite bloggers as we share our tips, tricks, before and afters on organizing drawers, closets, pantries and more! We want you to share in the fun, too! Pick a space in your own home to organize and send your before and after images to leslie@segretofinishes.com with a brief description of your process no later than March 2nd. The entries with the coolest transformations or best tips offered will be posted on the March 9th blog and the top three makeovers will win a special gift! After you decide which space to organize, make your way over to Melanie of the Classical Addiction blog who is super sweet and did a wonderful review on Segreto Style! Like me, you’ll spend hours browsing all of her beautiful images! See the challenge guidelines below and I hope you have a calm, nurturing, pink week!!!

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Comments

  1. Hi Leslie, I really love this cheery pink post and the luxurious bedrooms!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  2. Hi Leslie, love this post on pink. That chandelier is amazing. You do such a great job sharing tips and information. Your latest book is sure to be a hit. Thanks for the mention.

    Melanie

    • Hi Melanie!! thank you! I think its going to stay! I am always so happy when I don’t have to buy new! xo

  3. do you suppose the universe has something to say to me, leslie? this post on pink…yes, please, make mine a nude-y blush…and then this organizing gig…i have been organizing for two days now! great minds i guess. i love your commentary and eclectic mix of rosey lovely. peace to you right where you are.

  4. Pink is a favorite and I especially love the blush tones. Gorgeous images…

  5. If I send a picture of my 11 years old daughter can you suggest a color for the walls.thanks in advance Maria

    • Leslie Sinclair says:

      Great! Would love to see!! Hard to pick colors on photographs though!!! Bet she is excited to redo!