Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
Plascon Colour Inspiration Session #7 – Pink
Pink is one of those colours that resonates with almost everyone; you may not love it to wear, or for that matter choose it for your home, but it has an undeniable universal appeal to most people. Perhaps it is because this colour connects us to very distant memories of our time in the womb and the soft, warm, watery and protective pink bubble from whence we came.
Whatever the origins of people’s sentiments towards pink, there will be a shade of it that will speak to you on a very personal level; from pale candy-floss pink to ruddy salmon pink, to orange-based coral pinks, to purple-infused fuchsia, to the bold and beautiful neon shades that are popping up everywhere – pink is no longer the domain of sugar-and-spice little girls…
So why is pink the Plascon Colour of the Month for October?
October is breast cancer awareness month, which means there is no better time to focus on this colour with a conscience.
Born of the passion of red and the tranquility of white, pink has an ability to transform itself to suit a wide range of moods and styles. The gentle shades are suitable for soft and feminine spaces, whilst the bright pinks have many similar characteristics to red (youthful, uplifting & trendy)… And contrary to popular belief they are not exclusively geared for girls; fuchsia and magenta have become popular shades in men’s sporting equipment.
What makes pink hot?
Pink is an optimistic, uplifting and romantic colour. Ballet pink gained momentum in the wake of the movie Black Swan, and last year Pantone’s bright, hot pink was its colour of the year. We tend to think that the dynamism of this colour will ensure that it’s a strong colour trend for the year ahead.
Which are our favourite shades of Plascon pinks?
– Fuchsia Fizz (R2-A1-1) is an uplifting bright pink from the Plascon 2013 Colour Forecast
– Scented Candle (R6-D2-3) from the Plascon 2012 Colour Forecast
– Rose Shadow (R3-C2-3)
– Pretty in Pink (R3-A2-1)
– Precious Peony (R3-A1-3)
Which pink is for you?
Soft pinks are for the friendly, gentle and peace-loving souls amongst us. Ambitious, energetic and passionate personalities tend to gravitate towards brighter pinks. And then you get those individuals who are a bit of both 😉
Choosing a pink for your room?
– Soft pinks are ideal in bedroom spaces where the mood can be kept gentle and soothing; shades like pale rose and salmon pink symbolize unconditional love (good for uplifting, calming and soothing flagging spirits and for relieving feelings of loneliness and depression).
– Bright pinks are often preferred by young, teenage girls, as these shades are energizing and motivational; they tend to encourage feelings of self-confidence and self-assurance in people. Fuchsia for example is fun-loving, carefree, upbeat and pulses with vibrancy.
– Try an unexpected pink accent in the bathroom or dining room to bring it to life.
And what shades do I pair it with?
- CHOCOLATE, BLACK & GREY will give it a modern maturity, that it sometimes lacks, and elevates it to très chic.
- WHITE & pink is a timeless combination that remains eternally fresh and inviting.
- CREAM & pale or dirty pinks are evocative of wedding and French décor scenes.
- GREENS OR DUSKY GREENS & dirty pinks will yield an English country-garden colour palette.
- SILVER &/OR GOLD & pale pinks are created for one another.
Any TIPS for using pink in spaces?
Pink does on occasion become too feminine and a bit nauseatingly sweet; to counteract this, one can bring in hints of dark charcoal or black.