Color us smitten.

By Marisa Spyker
June 04, 2019
Photo by Laurey W. Glenn; Produced by Lindsey Ellis Beatty and Rachael Burrow; Architectural design by Matthew Savoie of Savoie Architects

Like artwork, color is one of those design choices that always feels deeply personal—everyone has a favorite, and everyone has a different idea of how to present it in their homes. But if there’s one thing we can probably all agree on, even the most fierce color fans among us, it’s that every home needs at least a touch of neutral in its design.

That goes for your outdoor spaces, too. While Mother Nature traditionally dictates trending palettes outside (of course, blue and green will never go out of style), a panel of experts from the National Association of Landscape Professionals has unveiled their thoughts on this year’s hottest hues for alfresco spaces. And among all the sunset-inspired coral and hibiscus shades is one they’re dubbing “the new neutral” for 2019: blush pink. “Pops of coral and blush are anticipated to add a more feminine touch to landscapes this year,” the association said in a press release.

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Neutrals, of course, have come a long way since the days of beige and greige. Today, colors like sage green and even navy are finding their way into neutral territory. And outdoors, where pinks pepper everything from sunsets to seashells, blush is as natural a neutral as any.

According to the NALP trend report, which draws upon the expertise of the industry’s one million landscape professionals, pinks are predicted to pop up in outdoor spaces in a variety of ways, including in flower beds, on patios and porches, and even as an alternative shade for hardscapes and stone selections.

Photo: Annie Schlechter; styling: Liz Strong

For an easy and affordable way to infuse the feminine neutral in your own space, start with accessories like outdoor-safe rugs, cushions, and pillows. And for palette pairing inspo, just turn to nature: Bermuda’s pink sand beaches make blush look oh-so-tropical when paired with Caribbean turquoise, while more vibrant shades of coral and orange mimic a dreamy Hawaiian sunset.

Ready to splash this year’s new neutral on your patio? Find more ideas for decorating with pink here.