Wednesday May 31st, 2017

Color Reflections: Pink, the New Neutral

Pink is probably not the first color that comes to mind when you hear the word “neutral,” but this hue is taking every industry by storm following its year-long run as Color of the Year in 2016. Gone are the days when pink was considered an exclusively feminine color. It’s clear that there is power to this seemingly subtle shade.

Blushing Hues
Pale pink is a very versatile color. It can range anywhere from coral to a light blush and is no longer limited to personal wardrobes or spaces. People are bringing their personal color choices to the workplace. We’re starting to see pink, particularly blush, as furniture coverings or as an accessory color. Even floors and walls are going pink to help facilitate a calm and non-threatening atmosphere.

Pink Pairings
Because it is a neutral shade, pink lends itself well to pairing. Everything from emerald to primrose, bold red to royal blue, each paired with a shade of blush, creates a beautiful palette for your home or wardrobe.

Blush and Emerald
The contrast between the softness of blush and the richness of deep emerald creates a clean, contemporary look.

Rose and Royal Blue
Rosy pink and royal blue are a more saturated pairing of the 2016 Colors of the Year. This combination is great for use in graphics as well as interior or product design.

Peach Blush and Primrose
In Latin America, Peach Blush creates a sense of understated sophistication, particularly when paired with a bright primrose.

Carnation and Crimson
Pairing softer pink shades with bold, warm red creates a beautiful palette that is particularly inviting when used for interior spaces.

Solo or part of a dynamic duo, from interiors to fashion, every industry is viewing the world through rose-colored glasses.

Next Up in the Series: Color Reflections: Food Coloring