Oh it’s a funny thing all that trend business. We are all influenced by it – it’s impossible not to be – and after all you can only buy what’s in the shops. But there are some things that, these days, I just know I like because I like them. I’m also, at the grand old age of 50, pretty good at knowing that if I like that thing now then there’s a good chance I will like it for ever. Sure I might rearrange the wardrobe from time to time and push things to the back but they nearly always work their way to the front again eventually.
And so it is with blush pink. I loved it as a child when it was called dusky pink. Then muddy pink (meaning it had a dollop of grey in it to stop it being too girlie pastel). On through pale pink, millennial and blush. I still love it. It’s great with a dash of black to toughen it up a bit. I have teamed it with grey of all shades and so, even if you are complaining it’s ubiquitous, have you.
As many of you know, if you follow me on instagram, I recently painted over the dark grey sitting room walls in favour of fallen plum by Cassandra Ellis. And guess what? That blush pink is fabulous with it. Which is handy really because tomorrow Enid’s chaise longue is going to the upholsterer to be repaired and recovered by the lovely Sharon at Vintique Upholstery. I will tell you more about that in due course. but know that it will be mostly, yes, blush pink.
Now not everyone has a chaise longue. Actually let’s be honest – not everyone’s cat has a chaise longue. God knows I get roundly shouted at if I dare sit on it so while it is gone, I will be moving the two arm chairs from the library into that spot. Which also means I will have space to take all the books off the shelves and paint them plum to match the sitting room walls. Because suddenly the grey looks wrong in there. But that’s another story too.
I know I should get going with this story. Which is that even if you don’t have a chaise longue (for yourself or your pet), there are some great blush pink armchairs out there and if you’re in the market for a chair then you might want to consider that as a colour. Dog owners perhaps not – it’s not a colour that loves mud, but cats tend to be clean when they climb on furniture so it’s not mud you need to worry about. Moulting is another matter, but given that every animal moults pale on dark furniture and dark on the pale, there’s not much you can do about that.
The other point is that modern stain resistant velvets mean you can be more daring with your colours as materials are a lot tougher than they used to be. And, pale pink – great with dark walls, lovely with pale. The trend forecasters are still pushing pink and green; pink and grey isn’t over and just have a look at pink and plum. Or pink and blue. Turns out it’s a fabulous neutral that goes with everything. Is pink the new grey in fact?
So here, in the spirit of being enormously helpful at not only helping you spend your money but giving you justification in why you should (which is the important bit), are some of the best blush pink armchairs around. Some are new, some you have seen before. All would be welcomed into The Mad House if I wasn’t waiting to see (and see being the operative word here because it will be look don’t touch for me as far as Enid is concerned) my very own blush pink chaise returned to me next week.