Things I Love: Pink and Red Combos

The month of things I love was of course, inspired by Valentine’s Day, and it just so happens that the colors of Valentine’s Day, red and pink, are two of my favorites colors, and I like them best when mixed together!

A lot of people are of the belief that certain colors don’t go together, and for many red and pink would be on that list. But the fact is, with a deft hand, ALL colors can go together, and certainly anytime we look in a garden, nature tells that red and pink go together, not just well, but spectacularly!

Still if you find yourself a little gun shy, start small - like with this sweet vintage flower brooch. After looking at it, I’m sure you can imagine it going with just about anything! Just like mother nature intended.

Vintage Costume Brooch, RubyLane.

Vintage Costume Brooch, RubyLane.

Personally, when I wear the combo, I feel almost turbocharged. The pink for femininity and the red for fiery power! I’d love this outfit in any color, but the red and pink just puts it over the top.

The Zoe Report

The Zoe Report

People often think of pink as a “girl’s color," but when paired with red it transcends categories. Miles Redd decorated his living room in pink and red and had this to say: "Red is the great clarifier and adds sharpness and strength; it is the masculine counterpart to pink’s femininity. It is the yin to the yang, and gives a balance." 

I couldn’t agree more with his words, and the end result, while almost seeming from another age, doesn’t feel feminine at all. The strong jolts of black and white also help to balance things out.

Miles Redd, Photo by Paul Costello, Architectural Digest

Miles Redd, Photo by Paul Costello, Architectural Digest

Now the room below does feel feminine to me, but not in a girly way, but more like an eccentric English princess way. Often, I see rooms with too much saturated color and pattern that feel a little nervous in their execution, but this room makes me want to light a fire and curl up with a cup of tea.

Nikki Tibbles via Inside Out Magazine

Nikki Tibbles via Inside Out Magazine

I started this post (and month of “Things I Love”) inspired by by Valentine’s Day, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t post my favorite pink and red combo of them all, roses. If anyone was thinking of sending Valentine’s flowers (hint), this would be great inspiration to start with...

Carolyne Roehm, “Flowers”, Clarkson Potter Books

Carolyne Roehm, “Flowers”, Clarkson Potter Books

For more pretty pink and red inspiration, please visit my “Dynamic Duos: Pink and Red” Pinterest Board.

Warmly,  

Beth