laboratory pink wall
Sally Schneider

“Paint one wall in your bedroom pink”, Maria Robledo advised during the course of the Laboratory’s renovation. My generous friend with a brilliant eye for color had become my ad hoc paint color advisor. “But have it be a dirty pink, and paint it glossy” she went on, “not a bright loud pink.” Then she helped me pick it out: Benjamin Moore’s Gentle Butterfly, in high-shine oil-base.

It was the first time I’d heard the concept of “dirty pink”. The effect, hard to capture in photos, is a subtle pink that changes color throughout the day, without asserting itself. It gives the room a happy, peaceful glow.

laboratory pink wall 2

Recently I stumbled on some other examples of “dirty pink”, like the wall of this Copenhagen apartment found at sf girl by bay:

pops of pale pink in copenhagen
photo: sfgirlbybay

…And the “dirty pink” chairs photographed giorgio possenti at Desire to Inspire

sitting room with books and pale pink couch
photo: giorgio possenti


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