Pink lady

NZ House & Garden - - COLOUR CHAMPIONS -

Ask Evie Kemp what her hus­band Sam Hol­ford thinks of their pink hall­way and you’ll be in for a les­son on gen­der colour stereotypes. “Pink was orig­i­nally a mas­cu­line colour, so hav­ing a pink hall­way doesn’t make it a fem­i­nine space. If we had pic­tures of Bar­bie up on the wall, then that might.” Sam, by the way, loves it as much as Evie does. IT USED TO BE DARK BLUE: “It was se­ri­ous and grown up but I felt like it didn’t re­ally re­flect me. I saw an im­age on Pin­ter­est of a pink wall with a plant in front of it and im­me­di­ately be­came ob­sessed with where I could do some­thing sim­i­lar in my house. So I painted the hall­way.” HOW TO MAKE PINK SO­PHIS­TI­CATED: “Pink doesn’t have to be girly. It comes in a wide va­ri­ety of shades, so you need to de­cide where you sit on the pink spec­trum. You can go more peachy or more blue. Then I usu­ally talk about dirty­ing it up. I put in a lot of dark fur­ni­ture and decor that makes it feel a bit more dusky.” I DO LOVE NEU­TRALS: “Some­times I try to imag­ine my­self in a lovely neu­tral boho home but I just don’t think that’s me. I would even­tu­ally throw some paint on the wall.” >

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