Hi friends, it’s Carla here about to embark on the challenge I’ve been waiting my whole life for. Today I’m going to attempt to convince you that incorporating bubblegum pink into your decor and wardrobe is not only somewhat easy to do, but actually a good idea.
Originally this post was going to be about rose quartz, a more muted shade of pink and one of the top ten colors for 2016. But after I collected some initial inspiration for the post and shared it with Emily, she was like, “Come on, woman. This isn’t daring and controversial enough, let’s do bubblegum pink instead.” I thought to myself “bubblegum pink isn’t really that daring, I’d totally put a bubblegum pink sofa in my—— mmmm, okay, Emily’s right. Bubblegum pink is pretty daring and I totally would NOT put anything bubblegum pink in my house.”
If you’re already thinking hells-to-the-nizzo, fret not. You’ll find lots of toned down, more subtle variations of bubblegum pink included too (think Trident vs. Bubblicious). Alright, let’s get into it!
Per usual, I like to start these posts with a little fashion round-up of pretty ladies making the trendy color look effortless, attainable, and chic.
While most of us aren’t going to run out and wear a pink smock with fur pockets over a pair of jeans, the pale pink skirt paired with the bright pink handbag isn’t so scary, is it?
Moving onto interiors that utilize bubblegum pink, let’s start with some subtle pops.
Somehow this space manages to include a ton-o-random-colors while allowing the pink pieces to really shine. I love how eclectic and lived-in the overall vibe is.
You can’t go wrong with a Smeg retro style dishwasher, no matter what color it is. They’re just so fun and happy. Like jelly sandals. Jellies. Remember those?
This gal (or guy) managed to pull off bubblegum pink in a way that’s actually calming and serene, how about that? The key here is to choose a muted version, counter it with lots of white and include soft elements like textured blankies and fluffy flowers.
If you’re a nervous pervous and aren’t exactly ready to purchase a pink appliance or paint your walls, try introducing a single (paintable) piece of furniture. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am.
Here’s another option suitable for the more conservative types – pink window panels. By mixing in navy leather, a vibrant red rug and a baby deer doing a hand-stand (which is clearly a boy dear) suddenly this ultra-girly color looks gender neutral.
If you’re a fan of the pink window panel idea and actually prefer the girliness it brings to a room, then feel free to play up pink furniture and accessories.
Here’s a ladylike example where an already feminine sofa is mixed with a softer pink accent wall and pillows.
Speaking of ladylike, here’s a quick peek into Barbie’s shower.
If you’ve been memorizing the rules I throw out in these color trend posts (WHICH BETTER BE ALL OF YOU), you know by now that the number one way to counter a bright, ballsy color is with lots of white, white, WHITE. As shown in this space, the uber-bright sofa is tamed by loads of white and a couple of neutrals (plants, fan, wicker).
Here’s another successful example of balancing the boldness of a pink shaggy rug (daring!) with ample white space and some muted pinks.
Okay, so this example probably doesn’t qualify as bubblegum pink – UNLESS perhaps you mixed a stick of bubblegum with a stick of spearmint Extra mom gum or something. But it was too pretty not to share and I’ve just never seen anything like it. I love how the graphic circles break up the sea of pink cabinets and the tile floor adds even more interest.
This space is amping it up a notch by mixing bright pink with a mustardy yellow and one of those super trendy rope coil things. Actually I have no idea what that rope coil thing is so if any of you do please clue me in.
If you’re looking for the perfect backdrop to set off your collection of crystaly trinkets and such, look no further! A bubblegum pink canvas hung over your table of precious oddities is the perfect way to make someone like me wonder if you’re actually human or some sort of fairy type princess.
Last but not least, here’s a good example of mixing pinks and patterns in a boho-type “hey, I just have good style and didn’t try too hard” kinda way.
Sooo, whaddya think? Are you into the idea of mixing bubblegum pink into your wardrobe or space? Or is it too sugary and sweet for your liking? If you’re digging this vibe, here’s a round-up of fun items to give a try.
1. Garment-Dyed Pocket Tee | 2. Floral Print Pants | 3. Pink Geo Pendant | 4. Mini Bucket Bag | 5. Slider Shoes | 6. Midi Dress | 7. Flared Mini | 8. Sheepskin Rug | 9. Table Lamp | 10. Flatweave Rug | 11. Jane Austen Book Set | 12. Kitchenaid Mixer | 13. Molded Plastic Chair | 14. Plaid Sheet Set | 15. Kyra Pillow | 16. Petal Pillow | 17. Pig Bank | 18. Storage Cabinet | 19. Smeg Toaster
*Authored by Carla, Carla Fahden is a Creative Director at a creative agency in Minneapolis with a focus on fashion art direction. Off the clock she devotes her time to writing her blog, designing wedding stationery and watching her Felicity box set.