Color Cache | Pink

Whether it be bubble-gum bright or a soft pastel, the color pink can add a unique sensibility to your home if you know how to use it properly.  No longer thought of as strictly a girly color, pink has gained respect when it comes to home decorating. Designers now know this perky color can hold its own in almost any room in the house.

Understanding Pink

Pink is an amalgam of vibrant red and laid-back white, creating an irresistible hue that communicates youth, happiness and a hint of romance. It combines the urgency and passion of crimson with the purity and the calmness of white. Pink allows you to reach the level of success you desire and gives you the intuition to do so gracefully.

In some circles, pink is considered frilly, feminine and slightly shallow. However, it is the sensible side of red’s “take the bull by the horns” ferocity. This blushing shade touches the heart in a thoughtful and caring way. Pink personifies empathy, optimism and compassion. The more intense the hue, the greater the energy it exudes.

Pink also symbolizes the childlike innocence in everyone. Because of this, it is advised to not overuse the color—it is said that too much pink will lead to immature actions and the shirking of important obligations.

Using Pink in the Home
Pink is a natural choice for a romantic boudoir or a child’s room as it exudes playfulness and innocence, but it can easily shine in other spaces depending on the shade and intensity. Bringing a light beige-pink into the dining room conveys a casual, less-formal vibe. Subdued shades of pink can easily replace traditional neutrals in common spaces like entries or hallways.

Pink is a fabulous accent color. Pick it up in pillows, a candlestick, lamps or a decorative box. Go bold by painting a piece of used furniture, a picture frame or single wall in a heart-stopping fuchsia. The possibilities are endless given the wide array of pink paints and decorative accessories.

Cool pink works for most rooms because it projects a confident, fun energy. Warm pinks cast a flattering glow making them perfect for candlelit dining rooms. Pink gets along quite well with yellow and green—think preppy. If you want to take it to new and daring heights, pair it with true red or cerise for a sultry, glamorous look.

Stay away from pink in business-like settings such as a home office or library. Pink is fine for use in kitchens and bathrooms if you avoid large expanses of the color. If you love pink but are hesitant to take the leap, limit pink to accessories and small-scale textiles. Colors that don’t get along with pink include blues and purples.

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