One of the joys of our new shade Potter’s Pink is that its subtle, raw plaster tones mean it can be washed over all four walls (and even the ceiling and woodwork) without feeling over-powering. But this versatile colour has another advantage, it is also the perfect foil to other shades in our paint collection. Here are our favourite pairings:
Fellow neutrals: Salt, Silver Birch and Driftwood
For lovers of a neutral scheme, Potter’s Pink offers just the right depth of tone to make a subtle palette more interesting. One of the challenges of a neutral space is that it can feel bland, so it is important to introduce colour and material variations, from paint shades to the tactile textures of natural sheepskin, wool and linen.
The plaster tones of Potter’s Pink introduce a gentle layer of colour without unsettling a scheme’s tonal balance and works well with our classic neutrals such as Salt, a comforting and creamy off-white, the pale grey of Silver Birch, or the timeless putty shade Driftwood which feels both calm and cosy.
Try introducing Potter’s Pink on painted furniture against walls painted in Salt or Silver Birch or bring it into a textured scheme using chalked oak, natural sheepskins, or slubby linen upholstery.
Deep and dark: Walnut and Chestnut; Constable Green and Olive
While Potter’s Pink can be dialled down for a neutral scheme, it comes into its own when contrasted against chocolatey browns where it highlights the tones of a darker palette.
We love pairing it with darker wood furniture or the velvety black-brown Walnut as both shades share an underlying warmth, or the more vibrant Chestnut where the two colours have a common red thread. Similarly, our historic, deep Constable Green, sits comfortably with Potter’s Pink, the two colours sharing a gentle quietness despite their contrasts. While the yellowy undertones of Olive reflect the soft tones within Potter’s Pink to create a scheme with a distinctly contemporary twist.
Apply the colour blocking approach when using Potter’s Pink with darker shades to create a sense of drama in the space or use it as a foil to darker furniture and accessories.
Accent touches: Mustard, Apricot and Rhubarb
Potter’s Pink is strong enough to hold a space on its own, but a scheme will be enhanced by introducing accent shades. Typically, accent colours contrast or complement the primary colour in the room, just be sure to use them sparingly to prevent the room feeling frenetic.
We’ve used yellow-based accent shades of Mustard fabric on the bedside table and Apricot linen on the headboard to create a thoughtful bedroom scheme. Rather than jarring, they add depth and make the space feel ‘finished’. Similarly, you could pair Potter’s Pink with our recent seasonal shade Rhubarb. With its pinky lineage, Rhubarb sits in the same tonal family but brings an earthy warmth to the lightness of Potter’s Pink.
Unexpected couplings: Sage, French Grey, Lead Light, Fermoie fabrics
The versatility of Potter’s Pink means it can also be paired with unexpected shades and patterns to create different moods and effects.
Consider using Potter’s Pink alongside the soothing green-grey of French Grey for a slight vintage feel, or for a stronger contrast, try Potter’s Pink with our soft khaki shade Lead Light where the warmth of the pink will be balanced by the cool earthiness of this green-brown hue. For a charming effect, couple Potter’s Pink with the delicate Sage, a pale soft green that sits on a similar tonal scale and will ensure a room scheme that feels relaxing.
Finally, the subtlety of Potter’s Pink makes it a ready backdrop when introducing layers of pattern to a scheme. Pick out stripes and checks which share a similar tonal story to create a harmonious and cohesive palette. The decorating options for Potter’s Pink are limitless.