Dollhouse Decorating

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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 14 December, 2015


Mark Cutler and Carl Berg’s Italianate dollhouse, one of ten dollhouses auctioned at the Kaleidoscope Ball.

Many Shades Of Pink

What does the word pink mean to you when decorating a dollhouse. A room in soft pastels with girly cream-colored ruffles? Or maybe a shocking, vibrant, knock-your-socks-off pink on the accent wall in your room box, strewn with fuchsia flowers? Do you get a subtle image of a modern dollhouse with pillows and art work providing discrete pops of orchid and royal blue. No matter. Pink offers a vast variety of choices in creating a beautiful miniature decor.

It may sound surprising, but pink works with almost every color. There are no best shades; it’s a matter of personal preference. However, most oft-used combinations, with pink as the primary color, include gray, white, cream, gold, silver, black, brown, green, soft blue, burgundy, cranberry and raspberry.

The thing to remember when using pink is to break it up with different colors to achieve balance. Start with the look you want to achieve. which will dictate the intensity of the pink. Fear not! Pink is a great color to play with, so have fun.


Wallpaper Mural Ideas (source offline)

Soft Pink

Soft pinks are light and feminine and work beautifully with whites and creams. The picture of the bedroom with pink and white striped fabric on the stuffed chair, bedding covers and throw pillows, combined with the muted wall covering, provides a sense of peace and quiet. The tiny strong points of orchid an fuchsia above the center of the headboard are in perfect balance with the light blue background, which  provides depth to the scene. This would also be a good color scheme for a nursery  or bathroom.

You can also create a warm, glowing palate with pale pink on the walls and ivory trim. Use yards and yards of tiny patterned fabric to cover a bed or sofa or other large pieces of furniture. For a grand finish, embellish the room with soft roses and patterned accessories. Use fabrics in several shades of pink and different textures: velvet, satin, shag, linen and cotton. Work some big shinny ribbons into the scene.


Tori Spelling Wallpaper – Design on DecorPad



 Hot Pink

This in-your-face-shade of pink doesn’t have to make your eyes hurt. Tori Spelling designed the wallpaper in the nursery picture. It’s strong, but the white ceiling and furniture, and uses of peach and a little fuchsia soften it.

 A More Modern Use Of Pink

Mark Cutler and Carl Berg designed the Italianate dollhouse (at te top) for a charity auction. Notice how they used various shades of pink against neutral wall colors in different rooms to give this traditional dollhouse an updated look.

There are so many shades of pink, and any of them can work for you if you keep your color pallet coordinated. And of course, if you are a “pink person” at heart.


Susan Downing, with Patrick Owens


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Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: color schemes, nursery, pink

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