Complementary Colors to Pink

Attractive lady posed in a thinking stance, wearing a lighter pink contrasted by a darker pink background

Complementary colors are colors that, when placed next to each other, create a stronger, more vibrant color. They are opposites in terms of hue (whiteness), lightness (darkness), and value (luminosity). When you see colors that complement next to each other, they enhance the hues around them. For example, take the combination of pink and yellow, creating an energetic and vivacious scheme that will get people excited. The two colors make the room look brighter and happier, which is a great feeling.

However, it’s not just these two shades that can be a complement to pink; there are many other colors that go as well. We will explore some of the best complimentary pink color schemes so that you can incorporate these tones into your design ideas. For additional ideas on color choice, design, or the use of stock photos, check out our Images blog.

20 Popular Shades of Pink

  1. Valentine
  2. Bubblegum Pink
  3. Cotton Candy Pink
  4. Mystic
  5. China Pink
  6. Hot Pink
  7. Pink Pearl
  8. Tickle Me Pink
  9. Soft Pink
  10. Flamingo
  11. Sweet Pink
  12. Jazzberry Jam
  13. Rose Dust
  14. Fuchsia
  15. Barbie
  16. Watermelon
  17. Wild Orchid
  18. Carnation
  19. Baby Pink
  20. Salmon
Example of light shades of the color pink
Example of dark shades of Pink

20 Colors to Incorporate When Decorating or Matching With Pink

  1. Red and Pink
  2. Orange and Pink
  3. Maroon and Pink
  4. Brown (Tan) and Pink
  5. Purple and Pink
  6. Blue-Green and Pink
  7. Teal and Pink
  8. Light Green (Avocado) and Pink
  9. Yellow-Green and Pink
  10. Rose and Pink
  11. Dark Green (Emerald) and Pink
  12. Lavender and Pink
  13. Mint Green (Sage) and Pink
  14. Turquoise and Pink
  15. Navy Blue and Pink
  16. Plum and Pink
  17. Yellow or Gold and Pink
  18. Light or Dark Grey and Pink
  19. Black with Pink
  20. White with Pink
Color combinations in swatches

How to Mix the Complement of Pink and Another Color

The sets of colors already listed above are a great starting point. According to an older Youtube video by C.A McIntyre, an excellent way to mix for the complement, follows these steps:

  • Mix two parent colors – i.e., pink and lime or yellow-green. For this demonstration, a violet-red was used as the base color, and then added white. Watercolorists need to add water.
  • Mix a bright yellow-green by using a green-blue with a green-yellow. Tip: You will need more yellow than blue to mix your green.
  • Apply a swatch of each parent color on canvas or watercolor paper spaces out about 8″-10″ apart.
  • Mix the middle mixture. Your objective is to achieve a hue by mixing in a way that does not contain evidence of either parent color. This takes practice and patience. The resulting color will be brown or gray – indicating that both parent colors have been canceled.
  • Now mix the two steps between the pink and the middle color. Just add a little bit of the green to it and notice how quickly it starts to neutralize or de-saturate. Paint a swatch of this color next to the parent color.
  • Then add more green to this mixture for the third step.
  • Next, mix the two steps of green in the same manner.


What Colors Make Pink Look Good

When you are looking for a scheme to use with the color, it’s important to choose shades that complement the color. By choosing complementary colors, you will have a better chance of balancing the mood in your home with a calm, calming set of colors. Colors that are a compliment are also great because they tend to be more harmonious and less jarring than adding other tones into the mix that don’t have as much harmony. There is also a solid adherence to accessibility that can be beneficial to ensure most people appreciate the design choice.

The contrast between the colors is something that creates a lot of energy and life. If you want to combine the two, you can use shades of pink, such as bubblegum and salmon, which have a bit more luminosity than pure white or light, while yellow is more luminous than grey or brown tones. The contrast between these colors gives them a powerful effect in a design!

Complementary and Analogous Colors to Pink

Color compliments are always opposite in hue, lightness, and value. When you see these colors next to each other, they enhance the shades around them. The combination of blue and green is an excellent example of a complementary color pair. The blue and green colors that go with pink tend to make the room look brighter and happier, providing the perfect balance for any room. Another example includes gold, which creates an energetic and vivacious flow.

Psychology and Meaning of the Color Pink

Pink is an essential color for many people; it connotes femininity, innocence, and love. For both men and women, the color and its many shades are often seen as a very feminine color. In fact, in the 1950s, “a woman who dressed in the color was thought to be ‘out of her mind.'” 

The color is sometimes associated with the idea of childhood, but this can be changed by how it is worn and the shades used. This idea of femininity that comes from pink can be seen best in the use of pastels like baby blue or soft yellow. The color can also be worn by men, and there are plenty of ways they can do this. Pink isn’t just for women; it’s a great way to make masculine features stand out, making a man feel more confident and assertive while wearing this color.

The Origin of the Color Pink

The color is a combination of red and white, which is why it’s thought to be both a male and female-dominated color. This is because it doesn’t have an exact gender in its name. Pink was initially derived from the word flower of the same name. The flower has a sweet fragrance, so as natural pigments were used to create artificial flowers, they were colored in pinks and reds. The color was also seen as more clean and pure than other colors at that time. So naturally, with the rise of the Industrial Revolution and technological advancements, the popularity of the color increased even further.

Pink in Popular Culture Over The Years

Before the color pink became mainstream in the late 1800s, there was a pinkish tint on what would eventually become known as “Royal Purple.” It was also used in tones at the time. In the 1700s, during the time of Louis XIV and his reign, a pigment was created called “mauve,” which is a play on words. As far back as 1750, many colors were made from red and yellow pigments, including ‘Red Yellow Pink’ paint that Jean-Baptiste-Claude Monet popularized.

Paul-Henri Thiry, a German-French philosopher, wearing the popular color
Two ladies in a vintage photograph perfectly coordinated in classic attire; Retro New Orleans Poster with a lady in train looking longingly outside
Credit: Credit: Marco Bertorello/AFP/AFP/Getty Image
Asian Ladies wearing coordinated clothing as a trend in popular culture

During this time, it seemed like red with blue or green were the most common colors to use with pink because they added warmth to her tone. However, today it looks like purple has replaced green and blue as the most common color to use with it because it adds a darker tone that helps balance out her lighter tones.

Triad And Rectangle Color Schemes

Triad color sets are the most straightforward of all. This is because the tone, value, and saturation of one color completely form three squares on a color wheel. The two chosen colors’ styles are mixed to create a rich and even mixture that makes a warm tone. You can create a triad scheme with pink and green or blue and orange-red. 

Rectangle Color chart representing complements

The rectangle color system is also straightforward in its use of complementing colors. It is made up of two pairs of these colors that are spaced out evenly on opposite sides of the wheel. This allows the tones to be mixed more saturated than if they were close to each other in value. You can create this design using green and brown or red and yellow-orange as your tones, with values coming from black or white.

Color Accessibility Scores

Different colors have different accessible scores. These scores indicate how well a color can be seen by people with certain vision disorders. Specific colors also have accessibility scores that depend on the colors they are placed next to. The accessible score for pink is 0.44, which means it is an accessible color for people with normal vision or those who wear corrective lenses. Pink works well with red, which has an accessibility score of 1.00, making it another great combination of color choices for your design ideas.

Accessibly safe color palettes in shade cards for several example colors

A series of fantastic tools can help you get inspiration and clear design comparisons on how to use Pink and some of the colors that complement it. Muzli provides a series of options and details for the visual accessibility of color. In contrast, Viz Palette provides an analytical view of pink (and other colors), along with different colors you may want to compare or contrast to determine the best options for your design to be most suitable to the public. Colorsafe also provides an easy-to-access, design-friendly palette for colors and shades you may want to use. As another alternative, there is also Colorbox, which provides some tools that allow for specific tailoring and selections in pairing colors.

Related Palettes to the Color Pink

One of the most popular color choices to go with pink is orange. This pairing of colors is fun and energetic and is often associated with a happy and carefree mood. If you are looking for a cheerful, lively, and uplifting palette, this might be the one for you.  Another great color choice to go with pink would be purple, as the two hues tend to provide a soft color match. These tones are also great for creating an elegant atmosphere that is sophisticated, tranquil, and delicate.

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