Don’t just sit and wait for Spring. Embrace a color that brightens our souls and our décor.

Every season has its primary tone. Soft pink is the color for January and February. It has the glimmer of icy branches and the hopefulness of spring blossoms.

This time of the year, I find myself turning on lights and lamps as I walk through the house trying to make up for the lack of natural daylight. A more stainable and beautiful solution is to brighten those dark walls with paint.

Spark your creativity with an inspiring pink artwork and fresh flowers in your home office.Spark your creativity with an inspiring pink artwork and fresh flowers in your home office.

When you introduce a color to your existing décor you want it to last three to ten months. Even longer if you’re committing to painting a wall or an entire room. Blush pink has staying power. It is as trust worthy neutral. It’s been on my design radar for the past two years.

How do you embrace this charming pre-spring color without a complete makeover? By just adding a soft blush throughout your home. It’s about touches of soft, rosy pink not pops of hot crimson.

Switch out dark or metal lamp with soft pink ceramic based lamps with white shades.Switch out dark or metal lamp with soft pink ceramic based lamps with white shades.

Finding the perfect shade of pink for your home can be tricky. Instead of selecting a paint color and then trying to find accessories that match. Reverse the process. Find a painting, pillows, rug or lamps that you love and look great with your existing décor. Then take one of those items to the paint store and have them mix a custom color two to three shades lighter.

Walls represent a big surface and should provide a backdrop for your décor. A lighter hue will allow your accessories to draw the design focus.

Pink is a perfect neutral color for your walls, furniture and accessories.

If you love this color and want to create a tone-on-tone palette. Working with the wall color, complement it with other graded tones within this scheme when selecting furniture, textiles and accessories.

Other big changes can be accomplished with simple changes. If, like me, you spend a lot of time in your home office, brighten your days with new artwork. It is a simple, affordable fix that can springboard other small changes like flowers on your desk, pink storage boxes and a new rug.

Brighten a dark décor with just a touch of pink and spring purple.Brighten a dark décor with just a touch of pink and spring purple.

In your living room, swap out those dark holiday pillows for soft pink velvet ones. A new, matching throw is perfect of these chilly afternoons while keeping your décor and your mood light and airy.

Lamps are inexpensive swaps. My attic is full of different lamps and pillows. I love retrieving my favorites as the seasons change. By just replacing a table lamp with a soft pink ceramic one can make a dramatic difference.

One of the reasons pink is considered a neutral is its ability to coordinate with silver, brass and gold accessories and hardware. When mixed with silver, the color generates a cool presence. Mixed with gold tones the atmosphere is affectionate and cheerful.

Finding and incorporating pink tones into your décor is a fun adventure. Seek out items that you already own and contemplate their value before you head to the stores. Even the subtle blush of pearly pink on the inside of a conch shell can be the inspiration you need to bring pre-spring into your home.