By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service

Pink is a versatile color that can be toned down, bold, or bright. It can also be gender-neutral and perfect for a multitude of applications, from social spaces like living rooms to kid-friendly spaces.

Pink is a color that comes in a myriad of shades and can easily be paired with other colors. Pink mixed with gray becomes more mauve, while pink mixed with white becomes more powdery pink. Deep shades like hot pink can be used to add a bold splash of color.

Are you looking for ways to incorporate pink into your home? Here are some great tips.

1. Use pink as an accent color.

2. Pair pink with foundation colors such as white, black, gray and even chocolate brown.

3. Pair pink with citrus colors like yellow and orange.

4. Use pink in various rooms around the house, such as social spaces and kid-friendly spaces.

5. Use illustrations to incorporate shades of pink into a space.

1. Don’t use too many different shades of pink in the same space.

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2. Don’t be afraid to use pink as your accent wall color.

3. Don’t overlook the opportunity to use pink as a wearable decoration, like throws and cushions.

4. Don’t miss the opportunities to bring pink into a space by using pops of color such as small accessories, books, blooms, and florals.

5. Don’t use shades of pink that are too soft or subdued. Choose distinct and visible colors in your decorating space.

(New York-based Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and nationally recognized interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, DC Contact her at info @ or visit their website at

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