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Trending Now: Blush

If you’ve noticed blush tones working their way into decor and design recently, you’re not alone. Whether in Goop’s feature on “The Pink Revolution” or the resurgence of a retro bathroom trend, people are talking about this hue. The popularity of this soft-but-not-too-soft shade of pink has grown in a big way in the last few years, and tile has not been immune to this trend. It’s easier than you think to tile a stunning space in pink. We’ll show you the different ways to incorporate blush into your design, whether as an accent or an all-over neutral, and make it your own.

The Old Pink

If you thought about pink a few years ago, your mind might have gone to a shade of mauve popular in the ’80s or a pastel, baby pink associated with nurseries. Like most colors, it has gone through evolutions and waxing and waning periods of being in fashion. The construct that pink is only for girls has existed for years, but the connotation is certainly changing.

“Pink is not a serious color. This is why I like to use it seriously. It is lovely and at the same time it brings in a certain distance, as if the decor made fun of itself.”—Pierre Yovanovitch, designer

The New Pink

Pink has never been as accessible as it is now. The shade can be feminine but doesn’t have to be. It pairs well with both bold and soft colors. Blush softens other intense neutrals like shades of brown, grey and black and is a compromise between a bold magenta pink and a saccharine pastel color. The new pink is neutral enough to be the perfect addition to any space. The blush tile in the photo below is a large-format size, adding an element of modernity.

3 Ways to Use Blush Tile

The effect of using blush in a tile design all depends on what you pair it with. With greys and other crisp neutrals, blush is a chic addition to an elegant space, like in the colorful but refined space below. In a large format or a metallic finish, it feels even more current. Blush can be a pop of color in a neutral space or a neutral shade in a bright, colorful palette. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate blush to get the style you’re looking for.

Featured: Color Market Iceland, Santorini, Rosa Cha and Industrial Garage

The New Neutral

Paired with other neutrals and simple details, blush serves as a modern, warmer neutral color in your palette. The below shower is a chic twist on a soft, all-over color that adds just the right amount of interest to a space. The textured design pops out from the rest of the shower without interrupting the simplicity of the monochromatic look.

We love the color palette in the image below. Soft grey, charcoal and white pair beautifully with the blush hues of Columbus Pink.

Modern Elegance

London’s iconic Sketch restaurant is the perfect example of blush epitomizing modern elegance. Glittering gold and rose gold details, elegant finishings and blush pink are a winning combination. The shade is more welcoming than grey tones and feels utterly contemporary.

The color combination of blush and gold, especially in the subtle metallic paint splatter pattern below, is effortlessly chic yet fun.

Bold Accent

Combined with magenta and other bright colors, as seen in the photo below, blush works well with bold colors, livening up an otherwise neutral room. The abstract pattern of the glass tile (based on this colorful fabric) from the Annie Selke for The Tile Shop collection lends a playful, bright feeling to the shower.

If you just want to dip your toe into playing with blush, you can keep your tile design neutral and add pops of color with accessories, like the stool in the image below. The burnished gold finishings and crisp neutrals define the space in classic style with blush making the space feel current.

The Versatility of Blush

Just because blush is a trendy color doesn’t mean that you can’t make it your own. Using the Color Market Blush tile as our foundational pink hue, we set out to show how different a blush-based color palette can be using two designer collections from Pottery Barn as our inspiration.

This first mood board is undeniably elegant. Monique Lhuillier’s collection features hints of rose gold and a pared-down, modern color palette that benefits from the warmth and pop of color that blush adds. Crisp white, soft grey and cream round out the coloration of the collection.

It’s hard to believe the same shade of blush is the foundation for these two distinct color palettes. Turquoise blue, magenta and lime green accents cause blush to act as a neutral. Paired with bright, bold accent colors from the Lilly Pulitzer collection and a crisp white marble, this mood board exudes fun in a grown-up way.

Whether a dash of pink warms up your elegant space or a bright and colorful accent adds much-needed interest, today’s blush is far more versatile than the hues of the past. Explore our “Think Pink” Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Source of Pierre Yovanovitch quote: Architectural Digest

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