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Rethink pink

While we might once have thought of pink as a colour for little girls, it hasn't always been that way. In fact, prior to World War II, it was much more common for little girls to wear blue and boys to wear pink. Pink was originally considered a masculine shade, a diminutive of red - a colour associated with the military and signifying strength. It was only in the 1950s that pink came to be associated with femininity and romance.

Today, pink is an increasingly popular choice in interior design. Used well, far from being sugary sweet, it is an uplifting and mellow neutral that will flatter or accentuate a variety of colour schemes.

Let's explore a few...

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Kitchen image credit: Farrow & Ball

Introducing a touch of pink through tile allows you to make some bold choices. This delicate pink Blush tile from our Halcyon collection makes a real statement alongside raw wood and dramatic, inky cabinetry in a kitchen such as this one. Add aged brass hardware to create a rich, cosy warmth.

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Kitchen image credit: Howdens

To create a fresh, uplifting palette for your kitchen, consider putting a more vibrant petal pink such as Wild Rose from our Halcyon collection with crisp, white painted walls and pale sage green cupboards. Silver hardware as shown in this kitchen creates a clean and contemporary feel, or introduce brass pulls and taps for a more rustic look.

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Kitchen image credit: DeVol

The pink glaze of the Heatherbank tiles from our Seasons collection includes a touch of blue, creating a muted tone. Pair this tile with dark timber and earthy neutrals to create a moody, romantic feel that brings to mind dusky autumnal sunsets.



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