Strong without being overbearing, this warm, slightly muddy pink — the colour of raw clay — has an earthy grounding, so it’ll never be a passing trend. It’s a reassuring tone that can hold any number of highly adventurous schemes — a backdrop of bleached white or natural off-whites, for instance, will benefit from the added warmth introduced by swathes of plaster pink. Use it on just one wall, or in blocks, to give depth to neutral schemes.
Like all those hues in the fired-earth spectrum, light has a dramatic effect on this pink. Earth colours are also naturally compatible with each other, but mixing warm and cool tones can be difficult. If you want to use the cooler side of the colour wheel, choose muted shades of sage green or ice blue — both are softened by an underlying vein of grey. A composition starring a mix of these mid tones calls to mind the soft, antique look of 18th-century homes, where colour schemes were dictated by the availability of natural pigments. Having stood the test of time, they’re less demanding than stronger tones and are easy to live with.
Rather than terracotta, orange or ecru (which might seem like a natural choice for plaster pink, but can quickly become OTT), it’s easier to use a different colour altogether, like a steely grey, which will pick out the grey thread that underlies this shade of pink. The addition of a little industrial-strength slate — the brooding colour of a rain-clogged sky — will yield a scheme that’s a natural counterpart for chunky, rough-hewn wood and stone and highly textured fabrics.
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