Is there a way to make pink a little less feminine? I think so and here is how I do it. I choose a piece with simple, straight forward lines and style, like this sideboard. The plain panel doors, lack of carvings and ornate trim, and round wooden knobs make for a good match with a subtle pink.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® offers two wonderfully sophisticated pink paint colors, Scandinavian Pink, and the one I used here, Antoinette. Neither are too bold or saturated, too juvenile or bright. They are just pink enough to be in the pink family without being so pink that they overwhelm a room.
Another way to neutralize them a bit more, is to add a warm brown, Coco to the palette. You know I am all about layering light coats of different paints to create a custom colored, authentic and vintage looking finish. I also like to paint in my shadows and highlights rather than distressing and using Dark Wax. On this piece I created a Coco wash by diluting the paint with water to accent and deepen the shadows and dry brushed Pure White on the edges and center of the panels to make the paint appear worn and create highlights. Clear wax was used to finish and seal the paint.
So what do you think? Is it possible to make pink less feminine and more acceptable in your home decor, to say, your husband, for instance? I would love to know your opinion on this experiment in pink.
If you are still on the fence about adding a pale hue of red to your color scheme, be sure to check out these posts where Antoinette is a major player, Secretaire Extraordinaire, Pretty in Pink, and In the Pink. And if you need more convincing, just click on Antoinette in the Color Palette to see all of my posts for a not too feminine pink.