The color pink is unique. It is red plus white which makes it a red tint. Pink is also the only tint that can claim a title in the color pallet. Pink is separate category for a red tint with varying amounts of white. Pink by any other name is still red plus white, even though a touch of the color may be added from the dye pallet, the base is still pink. Call it: blush, cotton candy, bubble gun pink, Pepto pink, puce, fuchsia, shocking pink or fluorescent pink. It is red plus white.

There have been numerous exercises and experiments on how the color pink can influence our emotions and our physical strength. Pink has a calming effect and can decreases muscle strength. The color pink soothes and calms emotions. It can help disperse any negativity and feelings of anger in as little as 15 minutes and decrease muscle strength.

Pink also helps bring tranquility to upsetting situations. If you find yourself in a conflict or a confrontation, imagine a pink bubble around the. situation. Use pink to open your heart, help heal a relationship concern or a heart ache. The color pink assists with releasing emotional challenges and brings a feeling of peace, forgiveness and tranquility to you. Pink is also considered the color that speaks from the heart. It represents and supports unconditional love. Wearing the color pink encourages the feeling of tenderness, nurturing and confidence. It can represents a youthful and innocent sprite or the strength of the women’s movement.

In the 1970’s Baker-Miller Pink (the name derived from the two men that first used this color in holding cells at the U.S. Naval Correctional Center) was used to paint prison cells in order to dispels anger and calm a violent prisoner or take the heat out of confrontational situations. It was also used in collegiate sports; the opposing team’s locker rooms were painted this bubble gum color of pink in order to zap the energy and weaken the visiting team. (Today all locker rooms must be painted the same color. No more using color psychology to zap the opposing team’s strength and energy.)

Pink has been considered a feminine color for many years. A little girls party dress, the layers of pink tulle for the prom formal or the pink poke-a-dot bikini, all bring visions of feminine mystique and allure. But the times they are a changing. The modern fashion world once seemed to discourage men from wearing pink. Not masculine enough? In the 1970’s Polo and Izod offered sportswear in numerous pastels. Pink was very popular with the “preppy look”. Today changes in social ideals and behavior have influenced what many men are wearing, from football players baking pink cupcakes and wearing pink aprons to business attire that includes pink dress shirts and ties. Sports teams add pink footwear, helmets and jerseys to support fund raises and awareness of cancer. Quite a turnaround from using Baker-Miller Pink to suppress the opposing teams energy.

The tone and intensity may change but pink still creates a feeling that can; relax the body, nurture the soul, bring emotional joy, create gentleness and transform feelings. In between the pastels and the bright pinks are a variety of tones and intensities that make up this red and white combination we call pink.  If this winter weather has you feeling a little melancholy, treat yourself to some pink roses and a soft pink blanket to sooth and transform your inner Sprite.


For more information on the history of pink, watch this CBS News clip