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How to Decorate Pink Bedrooms without them looking Feminine


Pink isn’t a colour that should just be used in little girl’s rooms. Today’s post will show you some ways you can rock pink bedrooms without them looking too feminine.

Not that there is anything wrong with a room looking feminine, of course. Not if that’s the look you’re going for. But far too often I believe that people shy away from using pink because they’re not entire sure how to make it look sophisticated and well-balanced. It can become very visually overwhelming quite quickly, and before you know it you’re living in Barbie’s campervan with no idea how to escape.

This post aims to change all that, by providing you with some visual inspiration – courtesy of H&M – and some of my key styling tips. You’ll soon come to realise that pink, as with most colours, is neither feminine nor masculine. Rather, it’s all about how to use it!

And come to think of it, these hints and tips easily apply to any room in the home, so why not consider using pink in a living room, office or dining room too?

How to Decorate Pink Bedrooms without them looking Feminine

Hot pink love hears pink bedrooms from H&M

Start Small

I guess the most obviously place to start is with the sheer amount of pink you bring into a space. If you’re feeling wary, considering introducing pink in really small doses.

You might want to get some pink paint chips from the hardware store (they’re free, trust me; I take them all the time), and sit them against other colours in your home to see how they play together.

Or if you have stickers from your kids books, sit them beside other tones and discover that they intermingle swimmingly with dark, moody colours when the proportions are right.

Grey and Pink Bedroom Ideas with Blue Feature wall above bed

Explore subtle shades

As I mentioned above, hot pink can be quite visually striking in a space. This is great for some people (I love it), but not for others. If you’re in the latter category, consider exploring pink decor in lighter tones, such as a dusty pink, or in deeper muddier tones with underlying grey or brown qualities.

By moving away from the more pure, obvious pinks you see in little girls’ rooms, you’ll find a shade that actually looks quite sophisticated. And if you contrast it with some blue tones and whites, you’re onto a winner.

Pink and Grey Pattern Bedding with Flat Soft Pink Pillow Cases Pink Bedrooms

Utilise Pattern

Many pink bedrooms feel feminine because there are largescale blocks of the one colour on a wall or bedspread. If you don’t contrast it with some masculine design elements (more on that below) then it’s a surefire way to run into trouble.

One smart way to break up chunks of pink in a space is to use pattern. This is particularly wise in bedding. So rather than opt for an all-pink bedspread, purchase a patterned one that has not only pink, but white or grey or black or blue tones. There are no hard and fast rules around which tones you should use, but as long as there is variation so that the eye is not absorbing so much pink at once.

Hot Pink Bedhead Pink Bedrooms winter bedding from H&M

Opt for One Statement

The image above is a gutsy design move and I’m pretty infatuated with it. I also wouldn’t consider this to be a girly bedroom. The reason is that there is just one statement being made, and there are enough harder, darker and more masculine elements around it to create a sense of balance in the space.

If you imagine the image above with pink artwork or pink decor on besides tables around the bedhead, you’ll realise how visually chaotic and overwhelming this will look. That’s why it’s nice to opt for one kapow moment in the room when it comes to using pink, especially if it’s a hot tone. If you’re eager to create a headboard like this one using fabric, check this post out.

Pink and white hand bedding with masculine wall art from H&M

It’s all about Contrast

The best pink bedrooms use contrast to their advantage. It really is the key (in any space, for that matter) to making a room feel complete and well-resolved.

You’ll notice that there’s actually a huge amount of pink in the bedroom above, but the reason it doesn’t feel too feminine is because that great honking piece of dark and moody art is creating a phenomenal contrast in the space. It’s the ying and yang, the man and woman, the light and dark. And isn’t it just magical? If you want to find fab art like this locally, this post will help.

If you have a space that features a lot of pink and it’s feeling a bit Barbie, this is a great idea for taking some of that heat away.

What are your ideas for pink bedrooms and how to get them right? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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