Ei3’s Reader Q&A: Pink Paint

Angela asksAny pink paint suggestions for my dining room walls? I’m thinking medium to light pink (no purplish tones, maybe a light touch of salmon) w/ lots of white–moulding, French doors, corner china cabinets … crystal chandelier … long, lightweight, flowy, sheer window treatments … vintage mirrors on one wall for extra light.

Angela, I’ve only used a pink coral paint in a master bedroom in a summer home on Nantucket.  We were going for a washed out Nantucket Reds look, but it was pretty bright.  If I had to pick a pink color blindly — that is, if I had no other starting point (a fabric, a rug, a painting…) — I’d probably go with Benjamin Moore Opal #891, which is just a hint of pink.  But please note, that I’ve never used the color and don’t like to recommend a paint that I’ve had no experience with.  When I’m trying a color for the first time I always call paint expert, Katharine Brown, of The Paint Exchange.  When I posed Katharine with your question, she said the same as me (she’d prefer a starting point), however, said that at the moment she’s “loving Benjamin Moore’s Persimmon” (#2088-40).

The best advice I can give is cheating a bit.  I remembered that last year, March 2011, House Beautiful dedicated an entire issue to the color pink.  In the issue was an article, “The Pink Album,” where 10 pink paints are featured in rooms by renowned designers.

Here is the list:

1.  Pink Begonia #2078-50 Benjamin Moore

2.  Checker-Berry #32RR50/260 Glidden

3.  Passion Pink #2075-60 Benjamin Moore

4.  Touch of Pink #2008-70 Benjamin Moore

5.  Oyster Lily – Colours by David Oliver, Stark Paint

6.  Rose Fantasy #136-4 Pittsburgh Paints

7.  Hibiscus #GH133 Ralph Lauren Paint

8.  Bridal Pink #2013-70 Benjamin Moore

9.  Red Earth #64 Farrow & Ball

10.  Razzle Dazzle #1348 Benjamin Moore


Hope this helps!  Let us know what you picked!

For more pink decorating ideas from House Beautiful, click here.


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