Choosing Pink Paint

Pale pink paint dulux

Paint is weird. Why does it look so different on an actual wall? Paint charts and cards are highly misleading. Thought I’d been too reserved, had picked four shades that were exactly the same, all variations on pink-tinged white. That’s how they look in the pots. But get them on a wall and jeez, there are some seriously pink swatches in my hall.

Blush pink paint Pale pink paint for bedrooms

Not really in the market for bold. Want to paint my hall walls pink, but not pink pink, nothing princessy or sugary or anything that might be described as salmon. Refined, grown up pink. Blush, sure. Though maybe a little lighter than blush. Nude, perhaps? But also a little dirty. Dirty nude pink?

Dusky pink paint dulux Pink paint swatches

Gotta tip for you. Do not google image pale dirty nude pink. Dusky, I’ve realised, is the word I’m looking for. Think the key might be a yellow undertone, not blue, but who really knows. Not convinced by any of the current four patches I’ve splodged on the hall walls, much to the delight of my husband. So the search continues, have ordered another sample pot, Dorchester Pink Pale by Little Greene. To be continued. Any suggestions gratefully received, do hit me up in the comments!

Dusky pink paint bandq

Til next time,




  1. Kathryn Mottram
    June 15, 2019 / 4:43 am

    No seriously how do they look THIS different but nigh on identical in the tin?? Witchcraft I tells ya!

  2. Anonymous
    July 21, 2019 / 8:42 am

    In this same dilemma ! Currently have six testers… asked Valspar to match F&B calamine- completely different 🙄 thinking F& B pink ground but need to check a match somewhere…

    Graham and Brown also do lots of pinks but only online not on their colour chart 🤷‍♀️ X

    • July 21, 2019 / 10:53 am

      Oh no, we were really happy with the Valspar colour match of F&B Downpipe that we used for our living room and have settled on Pink Ground so were going to do the same again! Might pick up the Valspar match today and paint a couple of huge swatches. Let me know how you get on! H x

  3. Anonymous
    November 18, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    Hi! Did you settle on pink ground? Could you post a pic? Xxx

    • November 18, 2019 / 8:27 pm

      Hello! We haven’t painted it yet! Got distracted by the kitchen. H x

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