The optimism of red meets the tranquility of white: pretty pink is believed to be the most calming of all the colours. Studies have shown that pink surroundings calm aggression and it is therefore known as a good colour to be used in prison cells, believe it or not. Pink works well in combination with many other colours and is most widely used in bedrooms and formal sitting-rooms.
Pink excites as well as relaxes. It evokes romance and glamour, always acting as a pick-me-up. Despite being instantly recognisable as the colour of cupcakes, ballerinas, princesses and frills, there are also more masculine shades that have a strong orange undertone. Salmon and coral, for example, are popular choices for men’s shirts. Just like candy pink and pastels, these orangey off-pink tones evoke a light, happy mood.
Pink can be ultra-feminine and sickly sweet. Counteract this with hints of dark charcoal or black.
Chocolate, black and grey: these colours help transform pink into a grown-up, even chic, colour
White: pink and white are a classic combination that is ever fresh and inviting
Cream: cream takes pale or dirty pinks into the realm of weddings and French décor
Green: dirty pinks and dusky greens create an English country garden colour scheme
Silver and gold: pale pinks, metallics and cream are made for one another – think the sumptuousness of Marie Antoinette.