Very few color combinations have experienced the redemption story that pink and red have. For decades, wearing or decorating with this pairing was considered a faux pas. This perception shifted entirely after the Fall/Winter 2017 collections of Valentino, Céline, Balenciaga, and Gucci featured new interpretations of the pink-and-red pairing that ranged from muted to bold, bringing a fresh feel that made everyone forget about how they might have once “clashed.”
Fashion trends aside, pink and red shouldn’t have been considered a clash to begin with — the key has always been to make the pairing based on the undertones rather than just on the shade. Coral pinks have worked (and still work) with warm burgundies, Schiaparelli pinks go wonderfully with blue-kissed reds. Though we’ve selected pink and red as the Colors of the Month for February due to their very-Valentine’s Day feel, the duo can add the element of surprise to any interior no matter the time of year. Curious about trying it out for yourself? Here are a few key pieces in red and pink currently available at Sotheby’s Home:
When you think of a Line Roset design, you likely think of this. The iconic sofa was created by Michel Ducaroy, who pushed the boundaries with his modular all-foam designs for the French furniture brand. Forget any association that comes to mind with the word “foam” — this design is exceptionally comfortable, durable, yet stylish thanks to the way Ducaroy sculpted the material into a statement-making seat.
You don’t need to incorporate heavy, oversized chairs in your dining room to make a statement. Smaller, sleeker pieces (even those without arms) have just as strong of a presence without the bulk — especially in an unexpected color, like the bubblegum pink of this Vico Magistretti design. It’s whimsical when paired with clean-lined traditional tables, yet strikes the right note when paired with modern designs.
If you’re looking for the right accent to set off all the Millennial pink that might have recently worked its way into your decor, this sleek rocking chair is exactly what you need. The deep red leather upholstery offers the right contrast, offsetting the often-dusky undertones of the decade’s most inescapable color.
Rose and ivory shades add a romantic quality to the artistically “broken” design of this wool-silk rug. Here, materials matter, and not just for the durability and softness the fibers provide. The silk gives the colors a luminous quality, while the wool adds depth to create a gorgeous result.
Inspired by antique chinoiserie cabinets, this storage piece is both an homage and an updated interpretation of a classic. The Chinese red lacquer doors set off the sculptural brass fretwork and while undoubtedly vibrant, the orange undertones dial down the intensity of such a strong look.
This contemporary work isn’t just a work of art — it’s an experience. The larger scale ( the outer frame measurements are 48” x 35.75”) allows the shades of pink to wash over you, an effect that is equal parts inspiring and soothing.
Cherry red emboldens this eye-catching stool by Ettore Sottsass, but also gives it a sense of playfulness. Also functional as a side table, this is a piece that could be used indoors or out thanks to its thermoplastic construction.
Pink has occasionally been a color of excess, so of course it feels at home with elaborate and ornate Louis XVI and Louis XVI-inspired styles. This late 19th-century piece is in the latter category, though it’s a faithful tribute to its source. The eye travels to the raised gold foliage, figural handles, and gilt-bronze mounts, then settles on the deep pink surface. It’s the perfect example of how an eye-catching color can actually be the most subtle part of a design.