Pretty in Pink
April 3, 2023
An irrepressibly colorful New Canaan home is as vibrant as its happy family of five.
Text by Paula M. Bodah Photography by Tria Giovan
If it takes a certain fearlessness to decorate a house in bold color, imagine how brave a homeowner must be to insist that one of those colors be pink. Hot pink, blush pink, coral pink, salmon pink—they all make an appearance in this New Canaan home. “I’m kind of known for loving pink,” the homeowner confesses. “And Lynn is the person to have if you’re going for color.”
Lynn would be Lynn Morgan, a Rowayton-based designer as fearless as her client when it comes to daring hues. “It’s all about balance,” Morgan says. For this home, Morgan and assistant Kate McCabe achieved balance by pairing varying shades of the homeowner’s favorite color with a range of blues, then tempering the energetic vibe with calming white.
In the dining room, the ceiling inset wears a glossy coat of coral lacquer, a shade repeated on the backs of the custom chairs. The deep blue chair fronts complement the wallpaper, Brunschwig & Fils’s Ashanti in blueberry, a playful abstract zebra print. White molding and wainscoting and a sisal rug keep the cheerfulness from tipping into delirium.
Across the home’s center hall, the living room uses coral as an accent against the cornflower blue of the lacquered ceiling and the Schumacher drapery fabric. An acrylic coffee table and curtain rods keep things light and airy, while accents of brass lend warmth.
The foyer acts as a thematic connection between what Morgan calls the “yin and yang” of the dining and living rooms. Rather than the expected dark wood floor, Morgan brought in decorative painter Shelly Denning, who laid down a coat of soft white paint then added a lattice of blue and coral. “I adore painted floors,” Morgan says. “This one tells the story of the whole house.”
The predominantly white kitchen gets a spark from a pair of hot pink pendant lanterns above the island. Acrylic stools sport cushions of pink, white, and blue. And what better kitchen mascot than a pink pig? The painting above the range, a birthday gift to the homeowner, was done by Berkley Matthews, an artist and one of the owners’ daughter’s high school classmates.
Color reigns again in the family room, where splashes of hot pink and lime green enliven tranquil seafoam blue walls. Perhaps as a thank-you for a husband’s tolerance of his wife’s passion for pink, the primary bedroom is a romantic sanctuary of sky blue, turquoise, and white. A guest suite, however, is unapologetically pink, from its blush walls to its hot pink rug and lounge chairs.
The goal—a cheerful environment for an active family—was achieved in spades. “The first thing everybody says when they come is, ‘It’s happy,’ ” the homeowner says. “That’s a nice thing to hear.”