16 Stunning and Affordable Ways to Use Pink in a Grown-Up Apartment

Long before Elle Woods burst into Harvard like a sparkly pink comet, there were people like my mother, who was obsessed with pink before it was cool. I do not use the word “obsessed” lightly: Our kitchen is entirely pink, and because apparently the pinksanity is genetic, so is my entire childhood bedroom and a large percentage of things that I presently own. Which presents an interesting challenge: How is one supposed to incorporate this wonderful color into their homes once they've outgrown dollhouses and cotton candy-colored curtains? How does pink fit into a grown-up home?

There are so many reasons to embrace the pink in your life. For starters, it looks good with just about any color in the rainbow. Also, the color genuinely makes people happier (GUYS, I practically don’t even need coffee!...OK, that was a bit drastic, but still, pink is powerful.)

The other good news is that there is a pink out there for everyone, whether you’re looking for a blush pink to add subtle sophistication to a room, or a bright statement pink that will pop out and start the party. I promise I’m not trying to convert you all and drag you to Planet Pink. It’s just that we can all benefit by having some classy touches of it in our grown-up apartments, not just the rooms we had as kids. This slideshow has all sorts of tips for ways you can either DIY some pink flair or find the perfect touch to buy online.

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DIY Pink Pop Art

Add an eye-popping pink color to a retro piece of art. Click here for the DIY Tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.

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Add A Textured Pillow

This pale blush pink pillow will add a sweet accent to almost any color couch.

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Try A Pink Wall Panel

You can add some pink to the space without overwhelming it with this pink wall panel idea from Vintage Revivals.

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DIY Ombre Pink Planters

I have no advice on keeping plants alive, but if you have a knack for it already, DIY-ing these pink planters is super simple.

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Make Your Own Herringbone Treated Piece

Handmade Vitamini gives an awesome tutorial on how to make your own Herringbone treated piece out of simple Ikea furniture.

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Be Bold

Start off the New Year on the right foot with a new mantra and a pop of pink.

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Perch On A Pink Vanity Seat

Add a touch of sophistication with a pink vanity seat in the bedroom.

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Snazz Up Your Lights

You can DIY your own outdoor lights and have them ready by summer.

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Dip-Dye Your Curtains

Throw in some retro glam by dip-dyeing your own pink curtains.

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DIY "Love" Pillow

Josie Jones shows you how to modernize an old pillow with a sweet touch of pink, and you don’t even have to know how to sew.

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Make Your Own Neon Mini

Who knew highlighter pink could look this classy?

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Hang Some Shabby Chic Mirrors

These pink mirrors will add a pastel vintage feel.

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Make Your Own Scrap Banner

Add a dash of whimsy to the space with Josie Jones’ scrap banner tutorial.

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Add A Pink Heart Shaped Shelf

This pink shelf will make a great addition to your tea or coffee nook in the kitchen.

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Go Floral

Add these pink floral drawer knobs to update an old dresser.

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Add A Pink Table Lamp

Jazz up your late night Netflix binges with a pink bedside light.

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