Like adding a dollop of cream to something spicy, pink is the softened, nurturing, sensitive version of fiery, passionate red. It’s the lust of romance mixed with the innocent blush on a young woman’s cheek.
Pink suggests youthfulness, tenderness, nurturing, friendship and femininity. A pink carnation means "I will never forget you.”
Pink is the color of emotional love, not only toward others, but self. It brings feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and acceptance. It helps heal grief and sadness as it smooths difficulties in both romantic and family relationships. Needless to say, the most popular choice of flowers is anything pink.
Pink is a color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted. For overworked women, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.
Bright pink (or shocking pink as it was termed in mid 1900’s), like red, stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate. It also encourages action and confidence.
Not only is pink filled with emotional meanings and physical responses, it has a fascinating history and strange uses as well. Like…
· Pink’s sweet, feminine connotation was only established firmly in the 1940’s. However, in Japan it has a masculine association due to the annual arrival of pink cherry blossoms that represent young warriors who fell in battle.
· The Chinese didn’t recognize the color pink until they came in contact with Western culture. Their word for pink translates as “foreign color”!
· Pink has been used in prison holding cells to help reduce erratic behavior. It is also used in the opposing team’s locker rooms for its tranquilizing effect!
· The origin of the pink triangle goes back to when Nazis forced homosexual prisoners to wear one on their clothing in concentration camps. Now, this symbol is a sign of gay pride.
· Some studies suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around the color.
· Pastries taste better when they come out of pink boxes or served on pink plates (it only works with sweets). Pink makes us crave sugar.
· The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and awareness in the fight against breast cancer, first used in 1991.
· A common expression of being in good health is “In the pink.” Who can forget those many pink medicines you may’ve had to ingest as a child!
· If you’ve wondered where this color got its name, interestingly, it’s from the flower of the same name: Pinks.
Everyone looks pretty in pink. When I use it in my designs it makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy too. Or, to borrow a famous Audrey Hepburn quote: “Believe in pink!”