Had enough of White Christmas? Looking forward to a Radiant Orchid 2014? Apparently a few design tastemakers just can't wait either. While red, green and snow continue to dominate the holiday scene, pink is the surprise choice for maverick Christmas elves and style mavens this year.
|Pink Rink, Boca Raton|
If you're going to have an ice skating rink in a place that's never seen snow, there's no point in being traditional about it. Hence, the Pink Rink at Boca Raton Resort: It's a hot pink pavilion where the DJ spins Katy Perry at children's birthday parties; Palm Beach beauties coast by in tiny white tennis skirts; and the decorations include not just trees and reindeer, but two Porsche convertibles with giant bows on top.
|Palais Namaskar, Morocco|
Heretofore known for its elegant Feng Shui décor, the 5-star luxury hotel Palais Namaskar in Marrakesh went tripping around the color palette for Christmas inspiration. The unexpected but fabulous effect is more than merely pink – it's awash with Sugar Plum Fairy magic.
|W Holiday Tree, Various W Hotel locations|
The W Hotel brand's official "holiday styling package" this year eschews foliage in favor of high-concept art with a glowing pink core. Entitled Bring the Bright, it "uses lighting, plexi and mirrored surfaces to amplify, reflect and refract light and the surrounding environment."
|The Royal Hawaiian, Honolulu|
As you'd expect from the legendary "Pink Palace of the Pacific," there are multiple lavishly decorated, rosy-glowing trees around the Royal Hawaiian's public spaces. The lobby décor is lavish, while this sunset shot of the "beach tree" makes you yearn to feel warm sand on your toes.
If you're among the silently suffering contingent of people who find the ubiquitous red poinsettia garish, there's a whole spectrum of softer-hued alternatives in the spectrum. Check your favorite florist for classic pink, pink-and-white marbled, or any number of designer permutations such as Pink Peppermint.
|Cherry Crush Amaryllis|
Another flowering bulb oft-seen around the holidays, the amaryllis (common names include resurrection lily, naked lady, March lily) is less common than the poinsettia, and much more elegant. It flourishes indoors, which makes it popular for gifting and decor. The cherry crush amaryllis, pictured, is one of dozens of pink /white/red hybrids specially cultivated as "Christmas amaryllis."
|Pink Sand and Santa, Bermuda|
Bermuda's famous pink sands need no artificial enhancement or special lighting to be beautifully on trend. And as this picture brags, the weather's so warm, Santa can wear shorts – and drive around the Fairmont Southampton in a pink golf cart on Christmas day.
|Lulu Guinness Brown's Hotel|
With accessories designer Lulu Guinness in charge of decking out Brown's Hotel this holiday season, visitors can see her signature pursed-lips motif everywhere, from the "glitter lips" Christmas tree ornaments to the Lulu-inspired pastries. Christmas kisses for one and all!