In the Pink


Bad news, wankers. Dusty Rose, that insipid shade of pink that is the bane of my decorating existence, is making yet another return. How many comebacks can one color get? It’s like the Cher of the paint world.

I remember in the ’80s when it teamed up with teal to become an indomitable juggernaut of the suburban moms’ home and garden magazines and then it reappeared as one of the cornerstones of Golden Girls home stylin’. Less than a decade ago, it popped up as Pantone’s color of the year for 2016. I suppose they had run through all the synonyms for “beige.” And now here it is, filling my Tumblr feed as the color of choice for various insipid homemakers who apparently want to recreate their dorm room. One can only assume they did insufficient drugs in their college experience.

I don’t mind pink, I actually like it, but more lively, happening shades, like the psychedelic hot pink of azaleas. This wishy-washy bland pink that no Barbie in her right mind would ever choose, leaves me cold. Why bother? If you can’t be shocking pink, what’s the point?

Guys who are many things, but not insipid:

So, I’m sorry I’ve been sort of AWOL. I was terribly busy being lazy.


Please don’t point out that is not really Henry Caville. I know, I know, but who cares?

Have you ever seen such beautiful clear skin?

If you’re going to drink out of the bottle, at least don’t dribble. Honestly.

Everybody’s having a good time.

About mrpeenee

A former bon vivant and terror of a number of New Orleans bars in the mad, gay 1980s, I'm now quietly retired and widowed in San Francisco. I have a crooked nose due to an unfortunate Frisbee accident.

11 responses »

  1. Nothing “dusty pink” about those knobs!

    I’m with you on the colour/hue, though – pink needs to be vibrant, or at the very least if it must be pale, veer towards the bluer end of the spectrum. My most loathed shade is “Baby Pink” – the colour of choice of many an early-stage transitioning he/she trying to “pass”… Jx


  2. Fortunately you may use the rule “If you were old enough to remember it from the last time around you can’t use it now”

    In 1988 dusty rose and navy were all the rage (must have bee post teal). This was the color scheme used in the Post Office. As you might well imagine porcelain tile pavers were chosen for their longevity, so this is not likely to be changed out in our lifetimes.

    Dahlink, choose your colors wisely.


    • I don’t think I would look to the Post Office as a style maven, but now that you mention it, I do realize dusty rose has shown up as a formica counter in all the Post Offices around here.


  3. Your choice of models is, as usual, pretty good.

    The best I can say about dusty pink in home decor is that it helps keep avocado green, mauve, and Wedgewood blue from coming back into fashion.


  4. Dusty Pink is even worse for those of us who are colour blind – a sea of dreary grey-beige blah that might, just might once upon a time, have been within a long-haul flight to a sad, faded rose.

    Now, I’m going to try and cheer up that lanky loiterer!


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