Pink and grey are back

South Waikato News - - Property -

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.

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