Pink can be much more than you think, and by next spring, you could see some pink everywhere. Pink can be so much more than that vivid but chalky Valentine candy pink. Pink falls somewhere on a broad color palette where you’ll find shades of spring blooms: crocus, dahlia, geranium, lavender, and sage. Just think of all the different hues we call rose.
Pink can dominate the walls and ceiling of a pre-teen’s bedroom with cotton-candy or bubblegum pink. But, it can be subtler. It might be a single raspberry velvet chair, a wallpaper pattern with apple-blossom pink patterns, or a rug with cranberry threads. And, shades of pink could color an accent, a painting, or a collection of linens.
Pink may suggest something warm and feminine, but it also offers a delicate, elegant, and sophisticated individual touches or pleasant environments. And, it may seem a surprising addition in contemporary styles softening the edges of Industrial elements and blending nicely with Mid-century Modern woods and natural themes.
And, pink makes room for other colors. It works well with grays, greens, whites, and other colors. It can be bold, but it can also be soft and embracing. It can make a bold statement in a public room or a cozy corner for bed, bath, or personal space.
Wallace is a lighting fixture that brings a touch of pink to a room. The Wallace evokes the romance of great rooms with handsome chandeliers. The satin brass and glass crystals hang in that tradition. But, there’s something different at work in the Wallace chandelier.
Give it a quick look, and you see the crystals hanging in three concentric circles from its satin brass base. But, a closer look at the fixture’s architecture reveals its genius. Those crystals are really handmade tubes with convex sides. The interior structure places those crystals to deploy and distribute the illumination from bulbs in the brass rings above. The crystals are shaped to reflect and refract the light as it bounces from each other.
This engineering and craftsmanship in the Wallace produce a soft glow with warm pink tones. In this room, the chandelier makes its presence felt with its 32-inch high and 22-inch breadth. But, it also nestles into walls and ceilings textured with sand-touched neutrals. And, it works perfectly with the pronounced aquamarine chairs and table linens as well as the artwork on the wall with its mix of pinks, grays, and blues.
That soft glow also comes from the Lamont, a smaller pendant you can hand alone or in series. The Lamont is geometric but not starkly so. It has its own character even if it is an assemblage of pentagons.
The pentagons recall Industrial themes, yet this fixture somehow rounds the edges into a ball. There is something vintage here but something entirely contemporary. It is simply and elegantly satin brass and white acrylic about 17-inches on all sides.
A single bulb within the Lamont, in combination with the brass and acrylic, creates a soft mellow glow that warms any location. It’s bright enough to illuminate a kitchen counter when hung in sequence. But, it also is the right size and design for a reading area, a foyer, or a personal corner.
Here, the Lamont is beautifully situated above a round table. Its pinkish glow fits well with the touches of pink in the modern blue and gray painting in the background and the prominently and richly blue chair. In this studied arrangement, there are distinct shapes, soft corners, and harmonious colors. The gray carpeting hosts the brass table, satin chair, and expressionistic painting. And, each element balances and integrates the soft pink emanating from Lamont.
Pink is a trend supported by many interior designers because of its variety and flexibility. When you think pink, it’s time to move beyond thinking of pink as merely playful and girly. Designers are using it to embrace rather than dominate, to blend and highlight rather than assert itself.
Designers are thinking pink it because it is expressive and because the expression appears in so many variations and so many elements. And, the lighting fixtures shown here are only two of the many that capture and emphasize the pinks’ soft warmth.