Don’t get me wrong, this editor loves pink. I own a clear pink iPhone case, a pink Zojirushi travel mug, a pale pink leather bucket bag, an oversized mohair-blend sweater in baby pink, a dusty pink silk blouse, an orangey-pink gym bag, and a bright pink scarf.
This list may lead you to believe that I’m some kind of captive to the millennial-pink trend—and you wouldn’t be wrong, though most of those items clash with my usual wardrobe of darks and neutrals—but what you won’t find among my possessions is any pink-hued furniture.
As much as I hate to say it: The pink home decor trend is overplayed.
You may think that this statement comes from a place of bitterness, envy, or even contrariness. But the reaction I get whenever I come across yet another rose-colored powder room, boutique, sofa, or accent wall on a design website is the same as when I happen upon an artfully-arranged tableau of pretty things on Instagram: a feeling of avariciousness immediately followed by shame.
That soft, pastel color, despite appearances, is not innocent. In fact, it’s willful and sneaky, endeavoring to lure you into a rarified world where “lifestyle” is the concept bandied about, a place where you don’t actually belong. Sure, you can talk into a rose gold iPhone, but can you walk the walk?
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A boutique by Paris-based designer India Mahdavi that I wouldn’t mind making my home, even if it makes me mad just looking at it.
Who wouldn’t want this adorable, totally impractical sofa in their multi-million-dollar apartment?
This is a champagne bar, so, fine.
At least the black cabinets are made from 100% recycled materials.
A white-and-pink kitchen makes a lot of sense, even if I hate-love it.
“Playful and brutalist,” apparently.
These guys think they’re so cute.