Pink and grey are back
It is often said of fashion, if you wait long enough everything comes back into vogue – and it’s a saying that could apply to interior design just as much as apparel.
But if you look carefully, when a trend reappears it’s seldom ever exactly the same as it was first time round. There are subtle differences, and the look is often more sophisticated when it is revisited.
This summer we are seeing that all-time ’80s favourite, pink and grey, making a comeback. And while many of us feel we have only just rid ourselves of the first excesses, there’s a whole new generation finding the idea fresh and appealing.
All the summer collections from the homewares stores are including pastels this season, and pink and grey feature large. But rest assured, it’s not exactly the same as it was back in the day.
Interior designer Nicola Manning says the look is more about ‘‘blush and grey’’, rather than pink. ’’I love it,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a very soft and feminine look, but not too pastel.
It’s definitely more sophisticated – the new pink is warmer and softer than it was in the ‘80s, and the textures are very different. The materials are a lot more textural and matte.
It’s not the ‘80s gloss we once saw everywhere.
‘‘The greys are also different. They are muddier, which again gives a softer look. And the addition of metallics adds a finishing touch and brings out a lot of warmth.’’
Manning says the blending of grey with brown is a very dominant theme, and was a key look at the Milan design fair this year.
It is also on the shortlist for the Pantone Colour of the Year, to be announced in December.
The designer says if people are a little worried about introducing too much pink, they can use it in moderation.
The same but different - this time around pink and grey are a little more subdued as shown in this girl’s bedroom by The Warehouse.