I've never been a pink person when it came to decorating my home, it always felt too feminine, too outdated or a bit too childish for me. I even dismissed Pantone's color of the year Rose Quartz when it was announced.
But now I think they were on to something. My boyfriend recently came home with some beautiful light pink flowers for me as a thank you and I couldn't get over how darling they looked in our apartment. So darling that I ended up buying two batches of blush colored tulips and arranging them all over our place. (I know, a bit overkill!)
I began to wonder why I was reacting with such delight to having this new color in my home!? Maybe blush is a color that reminds me of my youth, of simpler, easier times, of our living room growing up which boasted lots of dusty rose and blues - a nod to my mom's country-rustic design back then. It made me feel warm inside.
Come to find out, shades of pink represent appreciation and reassurance, they evoke feelings of hope and positivity (did my boyfriend subconsciously know that!?). All things I happen to think we all could use a little bit more of right now.
Last month when times were tough I spoke a lot about practicing gratefulness and with that also comes appreciation. Learning to appreciate the amazing people and things in my life and acknowledging their good qualities, being less quick to judge. Making people feel more appreciated by giving a heart-felt thank you or a kind gesture.
I've been feeling more hopeful lately, lighter in my thoughts, knowing that everything will work out as it should. I've been trying to give that hope to others by being a good listener or just a shoulder to cry on.
Maybe we are too quick to disregard certain colors based on preconceived notions we have about them (for me pink meant baby showers, the 1990's, girly). Maybe by subtly introducing them into our homes we will conjure up emotions that we didn't even know were there and help us to be more aware of our present state. Help us to dig a little deeper.
I love how some of the ideas here in this post introduce the color blush in understated ways - through floral arrangements, gift wrap, paint on the back of an entryway door, a dusty rose brick wall or a beautiful photograph of the Southwest sky during a sunset.
I think what I've learned is that perhaps by being more open and less quick to dismiss, we may end up finding ourselves being pleasantly surprised.
So, whether it's a color, a person, an experience, a job, remember every thing and person deserves a chance - or at least a try. I'm sorry I judged you pink, now I'm the one blushing.
**For more ways to incorporate this color into your home check out my Pinterest Board here!