Pink is not a colour but a statement made loud and clear!
Frivolous hues of pink are formed by red and white. It is a compassionate mixture of the passionate and energetic red and the innocence and purity of white. It brings delight to all genders and age groups. Pink is the colour of tenderness, romance, sweetness, nurture, luxury. Also, it is symbolic of immaturity and over-emotional.
Pink dominates the world of fashion. Many fashion companies associate themselves with it. Many popular shades of pink are such as coral, peach, fuchsia, magenta, strawberry, bubblegum, rose, powder pink and flamingo.
Colour psychology describes pink as a positive colour. It may sound surprising but pink is a stronger colour than blue which translates as a calm hue. It is often associated with love and relationships.
Pink came to be associated as a “feminine” colour in many cultures and is prominently present around the birth of a girl child. However, it was not always the case.
In the early 20th century America, it was established that Blue was to be considered a feminine colour and pink a masculine colour. This was because pink was a more decided and strong colour whereas blue was considered to be dainty and pure.
Unlike most colours which have many negative associations as well, pink is a mostly positive colour.
Let us learn more about this beautiful hue!
1. Effects of pink colour:
The colour pink is believed to have a calming effect on the human mind. A very interesting association of the colour is with prison inmates. The colour is used to calm agitated prisoners. However, it has also been found that if a person becomes accustomed to pink colour, the calming effect can fade away.
Pink is also a romance igniter. It has a strong love invoking property and even helps soothe a broken heart.
If laughter had a colour, it would be a hue of pink.
Many research studies conducted on child psychology and physiology suggest that pink helps enhance the mood of children. The perfect mix of shades of pink boost physical growth and direct attention.
Nurseries and educational institutes are often instructed to inculcate the use of pinks in the furniture and teaching methods.
The use of colour magnifies the effect of emotions and even taste! Many companies use it to there advantage. The pink colour is associated with flavours such as strawberries, candies and bubblegum. The scents used with these flavours are stimulating the specific use of pink by brands is dominant.
2. Pink in our Environment:
The pink colour present in both natural and artificial environments. In nature, we find pink as the beautiful pink roses, lotus, and cherry blossoms and in the beautiful sunsets.
It is the colour of the pink flamingos, little piglets and many beautiful and rare sea-shells. Many types of meat and seafood such as salmon, lobsters, prosciutto hams, beef and others are all a shade of pink.
In the artificial world, the colour pink is found is many clothes, toys, paints and artefacts. A popular association of pink is with bubblegum and cotton candies. The popular band Pink Floyd, the cartoon Pink-Panther are also examples of some popular pink associations.
The fashion industry depends on pink a lot as well. It is one of the highest pink dependent industries of all. In recent years, there has been a rise of pink colour in men’s wear as well.
3.) Pink and its use in Languages:
There are many uses of pink in the English language as well. A variety of these phrases, idioms and words express a great connection of the word with the language. Some of these are:
- “in the pink.”
- “Pinking shears.”
- “Pink elephant.”
- “Pink slip.”
- “Tickled pink.”
- “Pink collar.”
The jargon of pink is very colourful. All these expressions mean a myriad of things, from expressing happiness to melancholy.
4.) Different Pink Colour Meanings:
In different cultures, pink symbolises and means a variety of things. It can be a feminine hue in some culture and masculine in others. It means both good and bad depending on the country you are in. Let us look at some of these meanings and symbolism of pink colour and its shades, hues and tints around the globe!
In modern-day Europe and the USA, the colour pink is symbolic of feminine energy. On the other hand in Japan, pink is considered to be a masculine colour and is dominantly associated with the birth of a boy. Japan also associated pink with the cherry blossom flowers in full bloom, also popularly known as Sakura.
In Korea, the colour pink represents trust. India has a variety of relationships with pink colour. It is customary for Indian men and especially the groom to wear pink turbans. Also, it can mean a welcome embrace. Because of British Influence, it is associated with the birth of a girl.
In Thailand, it represents Tuesday, and in Latin America, it is symbolic of architecture. Interestingly, the shades of pink did not have many places in Chinese history and were not recognised much. However, with the increase of western influence, the colour gained popularity and even earned the name of the foreign colour.
5. Negative traits:
Pink colour has one of the least negative associations among all the colours of the spectrum. The frivolity of pink makes it a unique colour. Though the negative traits are less, they still exist and affect the human body and mind.
Pink colour attracts children and adults easily. The right shades of pink can help build a positive environment but the wrong shades may cause make the person timid, tender or overly sensitive.
The negative meanings of pink are weakness, lack of will and power, lack of self-reliance and timidness. The overpowering hues like Hot Pink, Fuscia, Magenta and more can cause uninterest or resistance. But of course, this varies from the type of person and their personality.
There are also some myths related to the use of pink colour in homes. It is believed to good effects in the kids’ room but quite the opposite in a couple’s room. It is a common belief that pink colour can cause disputes and ill relations between couples.
To conclude, pink is a strong and happy colour. It’s meaning are romance, sweetness, nurture, luxury as well as negative meanings as immaturity, frivolity and tenderness. It is one of the most used words in the language as well. The colour psychology of pink suggests the use of pink can be helpful in child guidance as well as for training our minds.
Hope you found your perfect pink in our thoughts!