The power of PINK

I've used it to solve and liven color scheme challenges on so many listings, I can barely count.  Particularly on light "yellow" or plain white walls.  Sometime a little PINK goes a long way...Just a quick tip if you haven't tried it yet.  ;-)  

Have a great weekend everyone.

living room at Opera Plaza, San Francisco


Living room staging in Cole ValleyDining room staging

Living room staging


  David Ames 

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Comment balloon 31 commentsDavid Ames • September 03 2010 07:36PM


wow very nice.  I wish my house was that nice!!

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) over 7 years ago

Police Deprtment holding cells are pink for a sreason.

Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) over 7 years ago

So stunning-looks like Dusty Rose which is so complimentary to yellow. I love using hot pink with lime green.


Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 7 years ago too, Ken

David ~ I did not know that!  Just looked it up (, and here it is: "...Also known as 'drunk tank pink', this color is used to calm violent prisoners in jail"  How about that.

Nice work, Cathy.  And a great combo indeed!

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Pink...who knew?? Love the last shot David,...the pillows and art bring the room ALIVE!! Did you paint the canvases??? They are really cool, simple and sleek!

Posted by Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA (Apostle Art Home Staging & Design) over 7 years ago

Very cool David -- love the pink vibe in your stagings.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 7 years ago

Pink?  Thought you were talking about the singer. lol  Gotta give you props for pink... we use "salmon" or "coral"  alot as a subtle blend with a pop of lime or black.  You have inspired me to pick up the brush again ;)

Posted by Lori Kim Polk, Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento ( Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services) over 7 years ago

Contemporary sophistication - I don't know what I like better the living room or the dining room - both are beautiful. I have to keep reminding myself you're a Realtor and not a professional stager!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 7 years ago

Valerie ~ (I didn't realize it was so calming), and thanks...yes, I painted them. ;-)

Me too, Maureen.

I was wondering when someone might say that, Lori!  LOL...yes, pick up that, dos, tres...

Bless you, Krisine.  Alas, I'm a Realtor first, Stager second.


Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Many moons ago, my dear, and sainted mother approached her 40th birthday.   Whilst reading House Beautiful she discovered that pink walls can make a person look younger.  I believe it was called champagne pink, and when the walls were finished, there was just enough paint to tackle my piano....

It kind of influences a young man when his piano is pink.... (it kind of explains so many other things in my life <G>)

Have a great weekend!

Posted by Alicia Barrington, Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington (THE ORIGINAL HOUSTON HOME STAGING) over 7 years ago

Ok, just where is the David Ames Art Gallery?  We want in!  Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 7 years ago

Honestly David I hadn't considered pink accents before this.  As a child my mom pushed pink on me to the so I have almost none in my inventory or wardrobe.  Do have some peach but now you have opened my mind to pink.  Very interesting and I love the artwork too!

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 7 years ago

That explains it, Tom!  (wink)...was it at least a high gloss pink (laquer finish, perhaps)?

LOL, Julie...what isn't sitting in the warehouse has been carefully distributed amongst select friends (or sold).

Ginger, my Mom did the same thing to my sister, so I 'get' it!

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Hi David great style and I love what you did. Simple sophisticated and interesting.

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) over 7 years ago

I think I overdosed on pink as a little girl.  Since pink & brown have come into vogue it has made me secretly begin to lust after it again.  I was thinking I would have to wait to my kids are grown (the boys & a tomboy) to put it into action.  My husband is not a big pink fan but by then he won't have the will to fight me on home decor :).   Love it. Love it. Love it.

Posted by Leanne Zumbrunnen (Showhomes of Kansas City) over 7 years ago

Thank you, Barbara.  ;-)

LOL, Leanne...just remind him you're the decorating professional in the family.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Your photos look great and really compliment the spaces.  We don't have many pink accents in our inventory, but did have to stage an all pink child's bedroom and "make it work".  Luckily the home sold and they didn't have to tone down the Princess Room!

Child's Bedroom After Staging

Posted by David Peterson, Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon (Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging) over 7 years ago

OMG, David.  And pink carpet to boot!  You definitely pulled a "Tim Gunn" on this one.  Bravo.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

David: I usually shy away from pinks and purples, but you've inspired me to take another look. Just beautiful!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

Purple is probably THE toughest, (in my humble opinion), Michelle.  Although I'm certain one our amazing Rainers here could probably show us something in that palette that works(ed) well.  Anyone up for the challenge?

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

David - Ok, never in a million years would I have thought of pink as the accent colour for those golden walls, but it looks fantastic!  I'm so excited, I'm going to rush out and purchase some pink accessories.  Thanks so much for the inspiration! 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 7 years ago

Looks like we were 'typing' at the same time, Sally.  Target use to have a ton of those pillows, but they're hard to find now.  It's at the whim of the story buyer I guess.  I remember Kathy Burke showing off some killer samples in one of her pillow blogs not long ago.   You could check in with her as well.  Either way, I'm sure you'll find them somewhere.  I'll look forward to THAT post for sure.  ;-)

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

I'm still a pink lover, don't have it in my house, but the girly in me loves it! Gorgeous job and photos. 

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 7 years ago

That's the fun part about can leave your house alone and expriment on someone elses.  Just kidding, but it does give us a different canvase to work with each time.  Fun way to look at it, don't you think?  ;-)

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

What a great job David! Those photos are beautiful.  Now to get my artist husband to take down his original paintings...oh wait, there is some neon pink in them!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 7 years ago
Thanks,, just how 'neon' is it?
Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

I would have never thought to use pink as an accent color. It has never been a big color for me. BUt your pictures make me re-think this. They look great and I love how you introduce the pink as just the accent color - especially with these shades of yellow. It really makes a very beautiful statement. 

Posted by Birgit Anich, Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester (Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040) over 7 years ago

Let me know when you try your first re-pink, Birgit.  We were almost the only stager using pink accents about 4 years ago, and about a year after that, we started seeing more. (wink).  We never mention (to the client or realtor) that we're going to work some pink into the room (in our initial discussion) because the typical reaction is, "really?  Are you sure? Where?!".  Of course, they all squeal like pigs in slop once they see the final results. 

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

David, these rooms are just beautiful!  I, too, have never been much of a "pink" girl, but you've shown us a whole new way of looking at it; it's not just for Mary Kay or 6 yr old girls anymore!  I can't wait to give it a go!

Posted by Tamara Cline, Sold By Design, Staging San Antonio and Surrounding Area (Sold By Design over 7 years ago

LOL, Tamara...just caught your response before signing out to grab some dinner!  You'll have a ball with it, I know.  (I still recommend that the pink Cadillacs remain off site or tucked inside the garage)!  ;-)

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago
Last one to utilize this is a retotn egg!
Posted by Wiseman over 6 years ago

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