All About the Color PINK

All About the Color PINK

Brighter pinks are youthful, fun, and exciting, while vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red; they are sensual and passionate without being too aggressive. Toning down the passion of red with the purity of white results in the softer pinks that are associated with romance and the blush of a young woman’s cheeks. It’s not surprising that when giving or receiving flowers, pink blossoms are a favorite.

Pink is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted. For women who are often overworked and overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.


  • Bright pinks, like the color red, stimulate energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate.
  • They also encourage action and confidence.
  • Pink has been used in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic behavior.


  • The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
  • In Japan, the color pink has a masculine association. The annual spring blooming of the pink-blossomed cherry trees (the Sakura) is said to represent the young Japanese warriors who fell in battle in the prime of life (the Samurai).
  • Jaipur City is a foremost tourist attraction in India because of its superlative forts, grandiose palaces, vivacious temples, multicolored bazaars, pulsating streets, and its distinguished pink color to which the city owes its oft-used name “The Pink City”.{ Learn more about this colorful city}
  • The Chinese had not recognized the color pink until they had contact with Western culture and the Chinese word for pink translates as “foreign color.”
  • Marrakesh is another city associated with the color pink. It is sometimes refered to as the “Rose City” because of its salmon-pink colored buildings and the red clay of its terrain. {Learn more about the Rose City}


  • Pink signifies happiness and joy in Catholicism.


  • A pink triangle is frequently used to represent gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. The origin of the pink triangle goes back to when Nazis labeled their prisoners in concentration camps. Men who had been jailed because of supposed homosexuality had to wear the pink triangle on their clothing. In more recent times, this symbol is a sign of pride.


  • In 1947, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli introduced the color “hot pink” to western fashion. She dubbed the shade “Shocking Pink,” though today the color is more well-known as “magenta.”
  • First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, who loved and wore pink so much it became known as “Mamie Pink”.
  • Pink encourages friendliness while discouraging aggression and ill-will.
  • Since the color pink is said to have a tranquilizing effect, sport’s teams sometimes use pink to paint the locker room used by opposing teams.
  • Some studies of the color pink 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.


  • Pink: Known for her punk rock appearance, Pink is a talented singer-songwriter.
  • Carrie, Sex and the City: This fictional TV character, portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker, loves fashion and frequently dresses in pink.
  • Elle Woods, Legally Blonde: Played by Reese Witherspoon, this fictional movie blonde loves everything pink.


  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Mary Kay
  • T-Mobile — The Magenta “T” is easily recognized as the symbol for T-Mobile
  • Thomas Pink — With a wonderful reputation for the finest luxury shirts and accessories, Pink has become an international success story with stores in the UK, US, Europe, and Far East.
  • Owens Corning Insulation

{See more Color in Business: Brand, Trademark, & Signature Color}


  • Tickled pink: to be happy
  • In the pink: in good health — this phrase hasn’t always had this meaning. {See what it originally meant}
  • Pinking shears: scissors with serrated blades
  • A pink elephant: term to describe hallucinations during intoxication
  • Pinkie finger: the smallest finger on the human hand
  • Pink slip: notice that employment is ending
  • Pink collar: refers to a particular class of jobs once only filled by women
    {See our list of popular phrases that include color}



  • Mr. Pink Eyes by The Cure on the Lovecats single
  • Pink by Aerosmith
  • Pink & Blue by OutKast on The Love Below
  • Pink Cadillac by Bruce Springsteen
  • Pink Cashmere by Prince on The Hits 1
  • A Pink Dream by The Cure on the Mint Car single
  • Pink Elephant by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
  • Pink Houses by John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Pink Maggit by Deftones
  • Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini


  • The water lily (Nymphaea) has been casting its spell on humans for thousands of years, enchanting even the earliest civilizations. This mysterious beauty rises from the deep, with leaves floating serenely on the surface and exquisite blossoms suddenly appearing, as if by magic.
  • Once the province of grand palaces and public gardens, the water lily is finding its way to the home garden. Better Homes and Garden teaches you how to plant and care for waterlilies.


  • A tropical citrus fruit, named because it grows in grapelike clusters, Grapefruit is a cross between a sweet orange and a pummelo. It came to Florida from the Bahamas in 1823. There are two main varieties: seeded and seedless. They are also split into color classifications: white (yellowish-white flesh) and pink (flesh ranges from pale yellow-pink to bright, ruby red). Pink grapefruit has a higher amount of vitamin A. The skins of all varieties are yellow, though some have a pink blush.
  • Cotton candy was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, candy makers from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. They invented a device that heated sugar in a spinning bowl that had tiny holes in it. It formed a treat that they originally called “Fairy Floss.” As the bowl spun around, the caramelized sugar was forced through the tiny holes, making feathery candy that melts in the mouth. -Enchanted


  • Victoria’s Secret PINK® Eau de Parfum Spray. Bright. Effervescent. Sophisticated. Sexy. Modern. Confident. Playful. Dab it on. Expect the unexpected.
  • Grapefruit: A tart, citrus scent. A great refreshing summer scent. Aromatherapy benefits: Balancing, refreshing, cheering. -Scent
  • Peony: A scent as sweet and fragrant as the flower itself. A great spring and summer scent. Aromatherapy benefits: Soothing, Romantic, calming, uplifting. -Scent
  • “Bubblegum” was the original scent of the pink colored Magic Scents Crayons from Binney & Smith Inc., introduced in 1994 with mostly food scents. However, there were numerous reports that children were eating the food-scented crayons, so the food scents were retired and replaced with non-food scents. The scent for the color pink became “shampoo.”


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  1. At a special exhibit (Fashion and Modernity) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Spring 2013, I noticed on one of the plaques that the color pink was not available, or at least common, in textiles until the 1860s. By the 1880s it had become all the rage. Do you know anything about this? It now bothers me to see pink in pre-1860s movies or read modern fiction that has girls wearing pink prior to 1860. Any thoughts?

  2. Is it true that pink is part of the gray scale?
    I experimented on pink with a sky blue and found gray.
    Is my conclusion correct?

    • The gray scale is the range from black to white and the steps of gray that is made by mixing black and white in varying amounts — lightest gray to darkest gray between white and black.

      When you mix pink with sky blue or another color you dull the pink and very dull colors often look gray and that is what I think you are seeing although the color would not technically fall into the gray scale.

  3. Clothes, items of clothing saying “PINK” why and when?

    • I think you must be referring to the clothing items from Victoria’s Secret. This billion-dollar loungewear brand is under the umbrella of the $10 billion conglomerate, Limited Brands. Victoria’s Secret PINK stands as a top lifestyle brand targeting college girls. Pink is essentially the junior brand to Victoria’s Secret. PINK products introduces Victoria’s Secret to young consumers and begins to build brand loyalty at a young age. It gives girls and young women the opportunity to be introduced to Victoria’s Secret in styles, sizes, and fashions that appeal to them.

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