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Inspiration

Rethink pink

Pink is an increasingly popular colour when it comes to interior design, and while it might once have been considered a risky choice, used well, it is far from sugary sweet.

In the right environment, pink is in fact a timeless and uplifting neutral. It will flatter or accentuate a variety of looks, from romantic, to vintage, to playful.

In today’s article, we share some beautiful palettes that include pinks, and look at some of our favourite ways to incorporate this trending colour into your kitchen using tile.

PINK AND NAVY BLUE

Dark blue and dusky pink really do bring out the best in each other in this dramatic and unexpectedly grown up combination.

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Dark blue kitchen with Wild Rose square tiles from our Halcyon collection and white grout.

Here, navy cabinetry is complemented by square tiles in Wild Rose from our Halcyon collection, arranged in a grid layout. The rustic, handmade body of these tiles in particular has an aged feel, adding texture and traditional charm, while white grout brings a sense of freshness.

This comforting palette is complemented by the golden tones of natural stone-effect flooring, high shine, brushed nickel hardware, and natural wooden elements.

PINK AND GREEN

If you're in love with the Wild Rose tiles, but would prefer a more light and uplifting look, consider pairing them instead with pale sage green cabinetry and neutral walls. Add a delicate, decorative touch by dotting through a few Ettie patterned tiles in the same tone.

White grout and polished chrome hardware will create a clean and contemporary feel.

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Kitchen image credit: Howdens; Wild Rose square tiles with hand-piped Ettie pattern, from our Halcyon collection.

Alternatively, consider introducing brass pulls and taps for a more rustic look, with which limestone grout would be a lovely, warming addition.

In terms of colour theory, green and pink are complementary, and while not every combination will make the perfect pairing, there are lots that will.

For example, an olive green kitchen with a paler toned pink tile such as this one in Blush from our Halcyon collection creates a muted and delicate palette that has a real vintage character, accentuated here with aged brass hardware.

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Kitchen in the home of @homeiswherethepackis, painted in Dark Olive by Benjamin Moore; Blush square tiles from our Halcyon collection.

PINK AND BLACK

The pink glaze of Heather Bank medium brick tiles from our Seasons collection includes a touch of blue. Pair this tile with dark timber and earthy neutrals to create a seductive palette that brings to mind the glow of autumnal sunsets.

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Kitchen image credit: Farrow & Ball; Heatherbank tiles from our Seasons collection with medium grey grout.

As a final note, don't overlook the impact that your choice of grout colour can have on the overall feel of a space.

Below we have paired the same tile – Heather Bank medium brick tiles from our Seasons collection – with a kitchen that features dramatic black cabinetry and walls in a neutral buff.

While medium grey grout brings out the bluer tones of the tiles above, coupling the same tiles with jasmine grout brings out their yellow tones, creating a peachy look as shown in the image below.

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Kitchen image credit: DeVol; Heatherbank tiles from our Seasons collection with medium grey grout.

We hope that this article has provided some inspiration for your next kitchen project... And if you’re not sure where to start, we encourage you to get in touch with our design team, who take great satisfaction in helping our customers put together a look they love.

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