The Colour Pink
“Sunrise paints the sky with pinks and the sunset with peaches. Cool to warm. So is the progression from childhood to old age.”
~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration ~
The colour pink is a combination of red and white, therefore contains the need for action of red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. Pink is compassionate, nurturing and loving – born of the passion and power of red and softened with the purity, openness and completeness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.
Pink is often described as a feminine colour, perhaps largely due to associations, people form during early childhood. Pink is feminine and romantic, affectionate and intimate, thoughtful and caring. Pink is intuitive and insightful, showing tenderness and kindness with its empathy and sensitivity.
Variations of the Colour Pink
The various shades of pink also have their benefits, or not:
- Blush: Similar to skin colour, this very pale pink has sensual and sexual connotations. It is non-threatening but lacks passion and energy.
- Rose Pink: This is the pink of universal love and unity. It is mature, feminine and intuitive.
- Salmon Pink: There is a touch of orange in salmon pink. It encourages the flirt, and can be a sign of the timid lover, all talk and no play.
- Orchid: This is an unusual lavender-pink and relates to the unconventional and the individual doing his or her own thing. It is the non-conformist.
- Fuchsia: A blend of deep pink and blue, fuchsia inspires confidence, assurance and maturity, a more responsible and controlled nurturing and love.
- Hot Pink: Hot pink inspires a more passionate, playful and sensual love. It exudes warmth and happiness and a love of life.
Psychological Properties of Pink
Pink calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger, aggression, resentment, abandonment and neglect. This has been proven by research and where aggressive prisoners have been successfully calmed by placing them in a pink (known as “drunk-tank pink”) room for a specified amount of time. Too much pink can have the opposite effect though – , inmates often become even more agitated once they become accustomed to the colour.
Pink is Joyful – Pink evokes feelings of joy and happiness. Pink is a sign of hope; it relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing. Pink can also remind you of earlier childhood memories, associated with nurturing and comfort from your mother or a mother figure.
Pink is Feminine and Vibrant – Pink is both feminine as well as vibrant. Paler pinks invoke romantic feelings of unconditional love, romantic gestures, champagne and roses; darker pinks invoke more passionate love, sexiness and boldness.
Pink is Creative – Pink gives off a creative and artistic vibe – it is a happy colour and it makes one feel creative, especially “hot pink” and “orchid pink” – These two shades invoke passion, playfulness and sensuality and the unconventional and non-conformity.
Pink is Childish – Pink is the colour of the sweet young girl, before life’s experiences take over – muted pinks represent youth and innocence. This is possibly due to the fact that “Girls’ toys” are usually pink and purple as opposed to “boys’ toys” which are more often bright reds, yellows, greens, or blues.
Pink is Refreshing – Pink elicits feelings of springtime flowers and all things fresh and new. In a world that is stressful and often dark, pink inspires lightness and freshness and the possibility of a positive outcome. Pink can also signify good health, being ‘in the pink’, and success as in ‘everything’s rosy’.
Pink is Euphoric – Hot pink is vivacious and joyous; it embodies a full life and character. Hot pink, also known as “Schiaparelli pink” elicits feelings of boldness, adventure and unknown delights waiting to be discovered.
It is important to remember, however, that colour associations are heavily affected by individual experiences and cultural influences. Colour preferences are often linked to past experiences.
Positive & Negative Traits of Pink
Positive keywords include: unconditional and romantic love, compassion and understanding, nurturing, romance, warmth, hope, calming, sweetness, naiveté, feminine and intuitive energy.
Negative keywords include: being physically weak, over-emotional and over-cautious, having emotional neediness or unrealistic expectations, being naive, immature and girlish, lack of will power and lack of self-worth.
“I gave to pink, the nerve of the red, a neon pink, an unreal pink.”
~ Elsa Schiaparelli ~