It has been the darling of recent times – millennial pink has appeared in all walks of life from clothing (men’s and women’s), products, accessories, hair and makeup, and interiors.
It’s a colour that may not be going away any time soon, but the sweeter truer shades of pink we’ve been seeing in recent years are morphing in two directions – to dusky peach/nudes and to soft fresh lilacs.
The new Resene The Range fashion colours has a rich range of such colours, from those that are almost terracotta, to others that are the slightest whisper of pink. Together, they create a dreamy palette that has the warm vibrancy of a desert sunset, or the faded beauty of ancient buildings.
In this room, using two muted peachy pinks together means that the space doesn’t become overpowering. The lighter colour, Resene Sorbet, is used as a neutral, leaving the darker colour Resene Just Dance, as a feature wall to frame the white linen sofa. Adding to the soft weathered look is a distressed floor where Resene Poured Milk is used over a basecoat of Resene Rebel, then sanded back in random areas. The round side table is in the aptly named Resene Sunbaked, while the base of the jute ottoman is stained in Resene Colorwood Pitch Black. The pendant light is in Resene Despacito, the tall vase is Resene Irresistible and the small vase is in Resene Rose Gold, a new metallic from Resene.
As with millennial pink, this newer colour is not one specific colour but can be many. Think salmon, wafer, biscuit, nude and pale coral. In combination, these colours are like a pale, glorious sunset.
The surge of smoky pink and peach into our current culture has opened the door for androgynous and adult pinks of so many different shades. It’s gentle, compassionate, composed, free-spirited nurturing and youthful. It can be used as an accent colour or as a neutral depending on which version of the colour you choose – the muddier versions work well as neutrals. It’s not sickly sweet, but can be sophisticated, glamorous and edgy.
Dusky peaches marries well with emerging earthy colours like terracotta and leather browns.
They are also natural partners to creamier whites and deep storm blues.
Peach teamed with lighter neutrals will achieve a soft, romantic vibe.
Cool peach down by combining with soft grey-greens.
Colours: Back wall in Resene Just Dance, side wall in Resene Sorbet, distressed floor in Resene Poured Milk over a base coat of Resene Rebel. Side table in Resene Sunbaked, Base of jute ottoman in Resene Colorwood Pitch Black, Mesh platter in Resene XOXO, Pendant light in Resene Despacito, Vases in Resene Irresistible (tall), Resene BFF (medium), and Resene FX Metallic Rose Gold (small).
Styling by Claudia Kozub. Images by Wendy Fenwick. 2018
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