Pink is made when you mix the colours red and white. Historically, the name was first recorded as being used in the late seventeenth century. These days, there are many different shades of pink, including a bright magenta, coral and salmon, which are more orange, down to a soft rose. There are interesting psychological effects to the colour pink. Whereas red is associated with anger, and tends to provoke strong emotions, pink has been shown to be more calming, often making people physically more gentle. This could be why the colour pink is most often associated with little girls.
Most clothing for baby girls is dyed a pale pink, and older girl’s clothing can often be found in darker pink shades. Although a lot of people put the association down to upbringing and tradition, it does have more of a scientific basis. Research was released in 2007 that stated girls were genetically more likely to be drawn to light red shades than blues. Even when it comes to toys, it’s easy to see the divide in genders. Walk into your nearest toy shop and you’ll be able to spot the toys for girls, as most of them are coloured pink.
In fashion, pink is an unusual colour for men to wear as it has more delicate connotations. It tends to go in and out of fashion, depending on how popular ‘metrosexuality’ is in the culture at the time. Red is also associated with passion, whereas the weaker pink is more akin to romance and charm. This is due to its association with Valentine ’s Day. The word pink has also been adapted into language, such as the phrases ‘tickled pink’ and ‘in the pink’.
During the Nazi rule in Germany, homosexuals who were imprisoned were made to wear pink triangles as a symbol of their sexuality, because of its association with the feminine. It is now a colour associated with gay pride. One of the most famous gay magazines is called ‘Pink’, and in the UK, ‘Pink News’ is a gay newspaper.
Pink is a great colour to use in any kind of colour scheme, from clothing to wallpaper. Using an array of pastel shades together can work well and create a light and calming atmosphere, so try and combine it with lavender. For more warmth, try pink and burgundy or purple. A really impressive colour scheme for your walls is combining pink and black. Pink also looks great with dark blues.
Pink is associated with love. In Feng Shui, the colour pink is advised to be used in the southwest part of your living space to promote a positive marriage. Pink is used a lot in Feng Shui, but mostly the softer shades. The deeper pinks can be used to promote energy that is more fiery, as pink represents the element of fire, especially if you combine it with orange. However, if the lighter shade is overused indoors, it’s often said that the people living there are in their own world, as it creates too much of a airy atmosphere.