It’s no coincidence pink is one of Pantone’s Colours of the Year. 

Pink can do no wrong in 2016.

According to Calgary designer Alykhan Velji, it has become the “IT colour” for sophisticated palettes in all hues.

“The great thing is you can go vibrant with a strong saturated pink, or subtle with a more blush pink,” says Velji. “Paired with black and white, they can be sophisticated and refined.”

Velji keeps telling us pink “isn’t for little girls’ rooms anymore”—so here are 9 spaces we love that highlight the rosy hue.


In the details. Vancouver’s Ami McKay designed this Deep Cove reno with a predominantly neutral palette—it’s the variety of colourful accessories that give it punch. Note the pink and purple chevron sofa cushion, fuchsia-splattered rug and pink-red circle pillow.


Jem and the Holograms. McKay incorporates sprinkles of pink throughout this Vancouver home—we love the magenta side table and geometric cushion detail seen in the sitting area just off the kitchen. (See the full home reno here).

The Cross Decor and Design Pink Bedroom

The star of the show. Designer Joanna Vagelatos purposefully kept things simple on the bed to not detract from the showstopper: a pink-textured feature wall. A bold statement like this makes all the more difference in a small room.


Office space. Strategic hits of vibrant pinks add interest and draw your eye in this white-on-white Calgary home office. The main highlight is surely the lighting, courtesy of the Flos Can-Can lamp. “It’s so fun and unexpected,” says Taylor. “You can see it from the street. It’s designed to catch your attention.” (Find out more details about this inspiring space here).

avd-6724At first blush. The soft and smokey iterations of the pink trend are all over this bedroom design from Alykhan Velji. The luxe quilted duvet that ties this scene together really shows off the colour’s sophisticated side. (More tips from Velji on mixing colours and patterns here).accentMatchy-matchy. You could throw one or two pink elements in the mix, or go all out from feature wall to furniture, like this Janette Ewen design seen here. Even in abundance, rosy hues aren’t overwhelming the room. (Find more of Ewen’s design tips here).Martin_14-763x1024Fit for royalty. In this Paul Levoie-designed guest room, rich velvet fuchsia ensconces the bed and the effect is nothing short of luxurious. The complementary pops of mandarin on the nightstand are a nice touch, too. (The rest of this Calgary home is actually furnished and accessorized in vibrant purple—see it for yourself here).tanya-schoenroth_dinginroom_JANISNICOLAY.CMYK_-700x1024Can’t help falling in love. There’s not a lot of colour happening in this ultra-modern concrete and wood space—creating contrast is left up to a lone fruit-punch-pink Elvis in the back room. Like an oasis in the desert, this is a great example of pink’s power. (Learn more about this space designed by Tanya Schoenroth here).dramatic interior designBelle of the ball. There are a lot of bold colours and patterns in this Alykhan Velji sitting room, but the heirloom-style rug with a modern fuchsia twist is the star of the show. It anchors the space and acts as a leader in a room filled with big personalities.  (You may recognize this space from “5 Opulent Rooms We Love“).