Starting the year in blush

Happy New Year! I’ve started 2018 off with a paintbrush in hand, taking the kitchen from white to blush. I say blush, it’s actually a colour called Setting Plaster by Farrow & Ball, and is a soft pink but with some yellow pigment and a dusty, slightly muddier tone that almost takes into peach. Those colour descriptions aren’t the most obvious ones for me to be drawn to, but I was setting out to add warmth to what is quite a cold kitchen.

As I’ve written about before, the kitchen is one part of the flat where we haven’t made as significant a change since moving in. The white high-shine units, solid wood worktop and aqua coloured glass wall tiles remained as was, as a full-scale kitchen replacement isn’t on the cards right now. Instead, I’ve worked around it, changing the floor and originally taking it all white for a calm and low-key look.

But a new year brings new colour! I was lucky enough to be chosen by Farrow & Ball as one of 50 home designs to be included in a new digital Look Book, called My FaB Home. While that’s pretty lovely in itself, I was also gifted my selection of paint, and so comes a kitchen update.

The eagle-eyed of you may think from the picture above that this isn’t new at all, and that the kitchen has looked like this since January 2017. But no, just as remembering to write down a new year always takes a bit of time, obviously so too does changing the year on a clock!

A blush, or pink shade, has long-held connotations of femininity. It’s a colour of fragility and romance. But there’s no need to be so binary with colour, and over the past couple of years dusty pink, blush and rose have been having their moment, while 70s ice-cream-colour palettes are becoming more popular. Rather than sugary sweet interiors though, I love the palette paired with darker or muted colours. So here’s a little moodboard inspiration, and some of my favourite examples of the colour done well.

Moodboard: earthy blush tones 

Blush paint colour – Setting Plaster by Farrow & Ball

Blue paint colour – Woad by Little Greene

Terrazzo rug – Anthropologie

Pendant light – Anthropologie

Green tiles – Bert & May

Dark green side table – IKEA

Black marble table lamp – Heal’s

Leather sling-back chair – French Connection Home

Glass candle holder – Amara



Designer inspiration: this beautifully simple water station is from Moby Cafe in Australia. The blush walls work like a dream with these rich, inky blue tiles paired with aged brass and marble.

Moby Cafe, designed by We Are Huntly


Designer inspiration: from the deVOL Kitchens showroom in St Johns Square. The mix of textures here is delectable, and the soft pink against the dark blue-greens gets the balance of classic and modern just right.

deVOL Kitchens showroom in London

Designer inspiration: a simple yet sumptuous bedroom from Incy Interiors. Dusty pink velvet is given a more moody and sophisticated edge when paired with this lovely olive linen and deep grey walls.

Bedroom design by Incy Interiors

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