Design Around This #11: Pink for the Present Day
The theme of our newest exercise is pink kitchens, with the aim of reclaiming the color pink for the modern homeowner. I've corrected the numbering so that we're on #11, since we had two #9's (I think Marcolo wanted to pretend that golden oak never happened).
Pink was popular for decades in the middle of the last century. Maybe it was overdone, but I think that we've had decades of backlash against it. People haven't gotten over seeing the color with the baggage of it being their mom's or grandmother's kitchen. I have a friend who bought a 1960-ish home and had to repaint her bathroom to work with 3 competing pinks (two different tiles and the bathtub)--she doesn't look favorably on pink.
I once mused about changing gender roles and the fall of pink from favor in kitchens and baths. I was reminded that the presumed "femininity" of pink is both cultural ("Pink is the navy blue of India") and time-dependent (pink wasn't regarded as a girl's color in past centuries). Whatever is currently keeping pink out of favor, it seems likely to change sometime in the future. What will that look like?
Not too many rules:
1) Pink should be featured prominantly (though not necessarily dominantly) and be integral to the design (not just appearing in the afterthought accessories).
2) Usual rules about giving and receiving feedback apply