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Pink and black are back

With all the attention pinky gold metals and inky black finishes are getting in the décor world right now, you’d think these delicious tones had just been discovered. In fact, rosey metallics and deep-space blacks never disappear for long. From their appearance in pinks made possible in the Victorian era with new aniline dyes to  chic pink/black combos by Coco Chanel to punk-inspired  palettes in the 80’s, pinks and moody blacks can play either classic or edgy — and sometimes both.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to pull black into any space. Delta’s  current collection of faucets and accessories can bring a sculptural black element to kitchens, as well as bath, laundry and mud rooms.  Decisive geometrics are a signature of their new Zura line, and the bold shapes are made even more urbane by the matte finish. For a more sculptural look, there’s the Esque kitchen faucet, whose sweeping curves add a graceful finishing note to a room.

One of the secrets of making black work is repetition: whether it’s by adding black towel hooks or toilet roll holders to the bathroom or black hardware to laundry room cupboards and cabinets,  black is best when used as recurring punctuation point.

Black is even showing up in counter-top appliances. One of the newest entries is the glossy black Philips Airfryer,  circulates hot air within a chamber to fry, bake, roast or grill — all using little or no oil. That means it’s useful for fast and healthy meals and quick low-fat snacks. It doesn’t need to be pre-heated, and there’s a timer that clocks up to 60 minutes. An “EasyClick” handle makes taking the basket out for cleaning easy easy and convenient.

It makes crisp French fries from scratch, using just a tablespoon of oil, and does an excellent job on frozen fries – especially frozen sweet potato fries, which can be tricky in a conventional oven.  It’s also terrific for quickly roasting vegetables — think asparagus and eggplant — and produces perfectly cooked fish — slightly crusty on the outside and wonderfully moist and buttery on the inside.  The range of food it can handles is wide — from grilled shrimp to stuffed red peppers to steak. It can even roast a whole small chicken.

Again, if you’re considering bringing black into the kitchen, think about repeating it throughout all counter-top appliances, faucets and door hardware.

Pretty, pink and portable — that’s the elevator pitch for Philips Sonicare DiamondClean in rose gold, a shade that is showing up in every corner of décor and design. Philips says the Sonicare delivers whiter teeth in about a week, that dental hygiene — gum health — will improve within two weeks, and that it removes up to ten times more plaque than manual brushing.  Tapping into the trend for rosey metals, it’s also a lovely bathroom accessory — this model has a clear rinsing glass (it charges the brush) sitting in a pinky gold band that plugs into a wall outlet.  It also comes with a chic, compact pink travel case that charges through a UBS cord — easy to pop into a purse or backpack.

A self-described Opinion-ista, Vicky Sanderson has been writing and talking about décor, design and lifestyle issues for almost two decades, and has tested just about every home product known to humankind.  Vicky writes widely-read columns for The Toronto Star, and has just launched a website called Around the House. Follow her on twitter @ATHwithVicky, on Insta @athwithvicky and at and


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