Summer rosé is not only the drink of the moment—it’s the color as well. Favorite Austin interior designers Heather Blue Harkovich of Heather Scott Home & Design and Meredith Ellis of James Showroom both are in love with sunset and blush tones this season. Here, they share their favorite ways to think pink this summer.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Harkovich used blush and lavender accents in a client’s bedroom. “The softness of the blush velvet pairs beautifully with the antiqued mirror frame of this custom headboard,” which can be special ordered through her site, she says.
The Flower Nest watercolor print ($649.99) by artist Elena Carlie is glass-encased in a double gold leaf and shiny lacquer frame.
“Natural stones add sparkle and texture to a space,” says Harkovich of this one-of-a-kind accessory ($149.99). “Celestite stones are known for their pristine and delicate blue color.”
Harkovich looks for statement pieces like her retail shop's crystal blooms with amethyst (far left), $379.99, and large brass shell with Selenite crystals (left), $219.99. Of the latter, Harkovich says: “Turtle motifs are a classic home accent, but often coastal décor can lack flair or elegance. Turtle shells symbolize protection, safety, and, most importantly, home.”
Harkovich favors functional accent pieces like her shop’s stylish white lacquered box with gold and crystal, $299.99.
For those who are drawn to the calming effect of blue and green tones, shades of blush can be a trendier alternative, Harkovich says. “Our favorite summer trends are blush tones as a romantic and playful pop of color. As the weather warms up, it’s fun to pull warmer color tones into your décor. Soft pinks and corals pop beautifully against an otherwise neutral space. Blush tones are subtle, elegant, and serene.” To enhance the rosy glow, Harkovich is drawn to the current trend of picking statement pieces that feature semi-precious stones and crystals. “They add a touch of sparkle and interest to a space.” 10622 Burnet Road, 512-342-6899
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP MIDDLE: Ellis loves this hand-marbled Serpentine silk pillow in Canna Lilly by Rule of Three, available at James.
Look for orange to complement pink, advises Ellis, who is drawn to this ethnic-inspired Mally Skok Ikat Crazy linen at James.
“We all tend to do a bit more entertaining in the summertime,” says Ellis, “and I absolutely adore these pale-pink Confetti Glasses from Hawkins at JM Drygoods.” 215 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite C, 512-579-0303
Coleen and Co.’s Audrey Lantern can be custom-ordered through James in blush with gold gilt trim.
Not only have clients been requesting shades of pink in their décor schemes, but the designers Ellis carries in her smartly appointed James Showroom are producing beautiful fabrics and wallpaper in those soft tones as well. “I know that pink may surprise some people, and some might be afraid to use it, but pink is one of those great subtle neutrals,” Ellis says. “Pink has been scientifically proven to have a calming effect, and what more do you want to do in the summer than relax and be calm?” 1411 W. Sixth St., 512-236-1006