Interior designer Carla Rieke shares her latest obsession

Known for its influential yet compassionate tone, the color blush was pushed into the spotlight when Rose Quartz debuted as one of Pantone’s Color of the Year in 2016. It made its way onto the runway, and then, of course, the showroom floor. This year, it covered quite a bit of ground at High Point Market.

“From fashion to furnishings and accessories, blush is an easy, pretty color for people to live with,” says Carla Rieke, interior designer with Madden-McFarland Interiors.

Once thought of as a bedroom color, blush has evolved into a gender-neutral neutral, as it can pair with almost any color and changes its persona based on the chosen palette. When paired with blue or gray, the combo exudes a warmer, more masculine vibe, but when mixed with white or ivory, a softer, more feminine look emerges. Blush with black can be dramatic, yet with silver or gold metallics, the palette delivers elegance and glamour. Aside from solids, blush also is widely found in strong geometric patterns as well as soft florals.

When it comes to accessorizing a room, display it confidently in a sofa color or even a single decorative pillow or vase. Quite simply, there isn’t anything this color doesn’t look good on or with.

Rieke agrees. Although furniture pieces have evolved through the years, blush has remained a constant in her lake home and continues to play a part in her wardrobe.

“It’s a color that has always made me feel good,” she says.