The color pink has long maintained its popularity in the world of interior design — who can forget the millennial pink movement that took the last decade by storm? But there's so much more to the rosy hue than what meets the eye. A derivative of the primary color red, pink comes in so many different shades — ranging from light pastel to neon fuchsia. This explains why the color can play to a wide variety of decor styles, appealing to spaces that are modern, traditional, and everything in between.
Often associated with love, romance, and tenderness, light pink can evoke feelings of calm and whimsy, whereas bolder shades can be surprisingly energizing. Despite its youthful, girly connection, pink can impart an unexpected sophistication and elegance to spaces. And although we are all for including bold swaths of the hue through paint, furniture, tile, and even appliances, you really don't need much to make an impact. Small doses of pink can be incorporated with easy-to-swap accessories and home decor such as pillows, throws, vases, bowls, and trays.
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"Don't underestimate the color pink! It's not just for little girls' rooms anymore," says Hema Persad, founder and principal designer at Hema Persad. "Earthy pink tones can be soothing and uplifting on walls and ceilings, [on] a living room sofa, or in a bedroom ... If you aren't ready to commit to pink walls, give it a try by mixing and matching bed linens or throw pillows in different shades of pink."
Needless to say, when it comes to weaving the rosy hue into an existing scheme, having a solid grasp on the color wheel can be a major plus. From high-contrast groupings to complementary combos, there is no shortage of inspired ways to elevate the delightful tone. But to help narrow down your choices, we've taken the liberty of rounding up 20 colors that will make a picture-perfect match when paired with pink. Take a look.
20 Pink Color Combinations
1. Pink and Orange
For a sunset-inspired look, consider pairing pink with another warm color like orange. Kate La Vie did just that in her bedroom and the result is a dreamy combo that beckons you to sleep a little while longer. Follow her lead and invest in orange and pink pillows in different shades so you can mix and match them to your heart's content. Tie the delightful scheme together with complementary pieces of decor, such as the framed art prints above the headboard. While this pairing works perfectly in a bedroom, it would also be a delightful option for a home office or a playroom, too.
2. Pink and Burgundy
If you're going for rich contrast, consider pairing blush pink with a dark and moody burgundy shade. Interior designer Zoë Feldman showcases how powerful the color combo can be in this intimate breakfast nook. But the key to making this one work is sticking to a reserved palette of slightly saturated neutrals — here, that comes by way of the walls, lighting, and furnishings — and contrasting that with accent pieces in vastly darker tones.
3. Pink and Brown
Created by mixing many different colors, including red and green, brown has properties related to pink, and they play off one another nicely. While it might not seem like an intuitive match for pink, when used correctly, brown really does make a stunning companion. For example, this luxe game room nook showcases chocolate brown walls paired with a fuchsia pink bench and blush-hued artwork, resulting in a decadent scheme that instantly amps up the drama.
Speaking of high drama — this color combination is exactly that. Here, matte, navy blue walls make a stunning backdrop for a pair of soft pink loveseats, allowing them to take center stage, while the emerald green coffee table is the icing on the cake. We love how the modestly sized abstract painting on the wall echoes the blue and pink scheme beautifully. And although this moody palette is perfection in an elegant lounge area, it would also look right at home in a bedroom.
5. Pink and Turquoise
Decorating with the color turquoise can be tricky, especially when attempting to pair it with an equally vibrant complementary color like hot pink, but the dynamic bench upholstery in this dining room is a lesson in doing it well. To make the combo feel fresh and modern, pair it with a few other saturated shades, as demonstrated by the blue and orange seat cushion and the blue flooring. Balance the strong dose of color by keeping the surrounding elements a bit more neutral (here, that would be the gray cinder block walls and light wood accents).
6. Pink and Red
Consider red and pink a true power couple. Since pink is born from red, the two make for an effortless color palette and can be implemented in a wide variety of schemes. Aim for bold contrast between the hues — as seen in this living room belonging to Anki from Zilverblauw — to keep the finish chic and elevated. If you're feeling brave, follow the creative's lead and paint all of the walls and the ceiling in a rosy shade of pink.
7. Pink and Yellow
Mixed together, pink and yellow may make orange, but set against one another, the duo can offer a revitalizing contrast that feels fresh and contemporary. Don't just take our word for it — this colorful modern living room belonging to Megan Zietz of TFDiaries is all the proof you need. She chose a rosy shade for the walls (aptly named Rosé Season) that is strong enough to hold its own next to her mustard yellow sectional sofa. Together (with a classic brick accent wall) the combination feels blissfully warm and inviting. We can just imagine this color palette in a nursery or kid's bedroom.
8. Pink and White
If pink and yellow are a bit too bright for your kid's room, you can't go wrong with a classic neutral like white. In this dreamy bedroom, the pair combine in effortless harmony, creating a darling escape that can only be achieved through color. The white base presents the perfect opportunity for all of the light pink accents to shine.
9. Pink and Kelly Green
If you stop to think about it, a pink rose looks so perfect because it embodies a pure balance of pink and green. Although the two shades are seemingly made for each other, the saturation level of each color can result in vastly different outcomes. In the case of this culinary setup, a muted blush hue and kelly green make an ideal pairing. The playful scheme, while bright, is far from overwhelming. In fact, the vibrant scene is a fun departure from the more serious and traditional all-white kitchen designs.
10. Pink and Cornflower Blue
Pink and blue are oftentimes used together in kids' spaces. However, more saturated shades — like the cornflower blue and bubblegum pink hues used in this modern bathroom by 2LG Studio — give the youthful combo a grown-up twist. Punctuated by curved silhouettes and black accents, the color-blocked space makes a bold statement that's hard to forget.
11. Pink, Black, and White
Give pale pink a grown-up makeover by pairing it with black and white. Clearly Joy Cho of Oh Joy! got the memo, as she used the sophisticated scheme to transform this bedroom. The whimsical pink refuge feels light and airy with a hint of contrasting edge, thanks to a small dose of black in the form of a polka-dot duvet cover.
12. Pink, Ochre, and Blue
On the other hand, if black is a little too bold for your tastes, follow the lead of interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel and consider pink, blue, and ochre instead. She successfully employed the trio in this darling nursery, and we can't tear our eyes away. Traditionally, nurseries are drenched in soft pastel shades, but we love the modern twist using bolder hues. The end result is a little more sophisticated and design-forward, yet still feels sweet and playful.
13. Pink and Sage Green
When it comes to neutral backgrounds, white, gray, and black are often top of mind. But allow us to suggest using pale pink instead. The rosy hue can serve as a practical backdrop for various patterns and colors, while still managing to hold its own. In this cottage-inspired living room by Heidi Caillier, a blush ceiling and plenty of pink trim anchor a space that's bursting with colors and patterns — including sage green wallpaper, a red and white checkered ottoman, and a pair of aubergine club chairs.
14. Pink and Greige
Lighter than gray and a bit darker than beige, greige is a pleasing neutral shade that adds depth and an almost imperceptible contrast to rooms. Although greige looks stunning with any number of colors, it makes a sophisticated counterpoint for pink, adding warmth and an earthy note. Jessica Helgerson used the color story in a cozy corner of a loft in Portland, where a pink chair punctuates a predominantly creamy space and effectively becomes a chic centerpiece.
15. Pink, Peach, and Robin's Egg Blue
Mixing pink with a spectrum of other hues is more difficult than the pros — like Angie Hranowsky, who has mastered the art of creating high-impact rooms — make it work. It's important to practice restraint or you run the risk of designing a space that feels chaotic and disjointed. In this sorbet-inspired dining room, Hranowsky deftly uses fuchsia, peach, and two shades of blue to create a perfectly edited space that manages to be both playful and elegant.
16. Pink and Olive Green
Complementary colors — or hues located opposite each other on the color wheel — are a no-fail pairing. With a tint of red (which is green's complementary shade) it's no wonder that pink and green look so splendid together. For instance, in this bathroom, Veneer Designs paired rose zellige floor tiles chock-full of character and charm, with a vanity cabinet coated in dark olive green. It's a departure from the more traditional (read: bright) pink and green shades, but no less stylish.
17. Pink and Light Blue
Juxtaposing warm and cool tones results in spaces that have an alluring tension. While blue and pink have an undeniable connection to cheerful kids' rooms, they often look juvenile in that setting. Cortney Bishop combined the two youthful shades in this bedroom, yet managed to make them look elevated. In order to introduce a bit of edge and to keep the scheme from feeling overly sweet, Bishop paired a subtle pink wallpaper pattern — that adds interest and depth to the walls — with a streamlined dresser in powder blue.
18. Pink and Black
Create a wow-worthy design moment even in a small space by pairing pink with black. Juxtaposing pink's sweet side with an edgy hue adds a dose of modernity and a welcome sense of drama that belies the blush shade's inherent innocence. Black Lacquer Design took this traditional bathroom to the next level by pairing black wall paint with a pink and black subway tile backsplash. Last but not least, the intricate black and white mosaic tile pattern on the floor adds loads of texture and visual interest.
19. Dark Pink and Light Pink
Layering colors from the same family in varying tones creates a cohesive look with subtle contrast and plenty of interest. Double down on different shades of pink, as Caitlin Wilson did in this glamorous bedroom, to break up an expanse of the color and prevent it from falling flat. Floor-to-ceiling flowing curtains in blush soften bright rose walls and lend sophistication. A gold chandelier is a luxe addition.
20. Pink, Taupe, and Gray
Artwork is an easy (and often overlooked) way to echo a color pairing and inject pattern. Arent & Pyke selected a large floral canvas in taupe (a warm neutral) and blush to bring to life a conference room in the headquarters of wellness brand Vida Glow. Eschewing the standard sterile stereotype, this soothing space exudes elegance, softness, and the perfect amount of color thanks to the two soft hues and mood-boosting greenery.
The Best Colors to Pair With Pink
Pink continues to be a go-to color in the world of interior design. Although it feels like a relative newcomer that began with millennial pink fervor, pink has actually been used in homes since the 18th century. Once regarded as a daring option outside of nurseries and little girls' rooms, today pink has firmly established itself as a viable neutral in its palest form — as well as a vibrant option when most saturated — that can be used in any space.
"Pink has long been considered a color strictly for feminine spaces. But with its vast variety of hues, this color has the capacity to be applicable throughout the home. For example, dusty pinks are a gorgeous neutral color to include in a neutral leaning room. Or using a powder pink to [add] contrast in a modern space creates a sense of juxtaposition which will embolden a more modern aesthetic," says Emma Kemper, principal designer at Emma Beryl Interiors.
If you aren't ready to take the plunge with pink walls or upholstered furniture, not to worry: The romantic hue looks just as lovely as an accent shade as it does taking center stage. Not to mention, it pairs easily with a number of colors from white to yellow to green. Keep in mind that the room's aesthetic and overall ambiance will be dictated by the shade of pink selected.
Just to recap, here are some of our favorite pink pairings:
- Navy blue
- Kelly green
- Cornflower blue
- Sage green
- Robin's egg blue
- Olive green
- Light blue