Color Palette of the Week: Carnation

A monochromatic pink color palette based on January’s birth flower, the carnation.


I chose this week’s color palette based on January’s traditional birth flower: the carnation. The carnation has several traditional meanings, the most common of which are love, fascination and distinction. In France, purple carnations are given to the loved ones of a person who has passed away. The carnation also symbolizes the undying love of a mother for her children, based on the Christian myth of the Virgin Mary’s tears transforming into carnations as Jesus carried the cross.

This week’s color palette shows the monochromatic depth of a pink-red carnation.


carnation color palette

I’ve been interested in monochromatic decor lately, so this beautiful flower gives me just the right kind of shades to develop a gorgeous, pink-based monochromatic palette.

How can I use Carnation?

Despite it being pink, this is a bold monochromatic palette. From a deep wine red to a pale cotton candy pink, the colors of this palette are perfect for a feminine decor.

The obvious choice would be a girl’s bedroom; I must say I’ve been guilty of this cliché in my childhood. But with the deeper reds come a wider range of styles: this could fit an adult woman’s bedroom or living room. Here’s an example that avoid the childish style of a child’s bedroom:

Eclectic Bedroom by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators HERMOGENO DESIGNS

Okay, you really gotta love pink, but it still works as an adult bedroom.

It also works really well as a living room, especially when accented with complementary shades:

Eclectic Living Room by Alexander Interior Designers & Decorators Andrea Brooks Interiors

This living room actually has the range of pinks shown in the palette.

Your thoughts

How do you feel about this unabashed pink palette? Do you dare to pinky swear, or would you rather stay away from so much of it? Let us know in the comments!

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