Is earthy pink a fad or a centuries-old architectural tradition?

No matter where I look for colour inspiration, I find myself ineluctably drawn by this subdued, blackened pink that relates to the mud-brick building technique used by ancient civilisations. Here are my two favourite design projects.

The O’Keeffe Home and Studio in Abiquiú, New Mexico reflects a blend of Native American and Spanish Colonial building styles. While the oldest rooms of the house date back from the 18th century, the house was expanded in the 19th century into a pueblo-style adobe (mud-brick) hacienda, with rows of rooms organized around a common open space (plazuela).

Berber Lodge is an oasis of calmness and comfort away from Marrakech’s well-trodden streets. Romain Michel-Ménière, a French-Swiss interior designer who has lived in Morocco since 2002 and created some of Marrakech’s most memorable interiors, designed here nine spaces that exude simplicity and low-key luxe by mixing smooth and rough elements.

If like me you long for far-flung, wild landscapes (providing a much-needed change of scenery) but cannot travel or move country just yet, I suggest bringing the features of your dream spaces into your home. And while you want to be mindful of your location and how your interior design relates to the surroundings, I see no harm in painting a South-facing room of a London apartment with a view on greenery in this orangey pink hue.

I have researched this matter for quite a while and my best bet is limewash paint. Traditional limewash is made from natural lime and natural pigments and creates surfaces that are mottled and matte with a chalky texture. The paint tones I am considering for my walls are Desert Fig and Hazel from Bauwerk as well as Monkey Tail from Francesca’s Paints.

Stay tuned to see what will be my final choice and the renovation progress.

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