Pink – The Valentine’s Day Color
Pink is a delicate color that holds several meanings, usually though not exclusively related to girls, including cute, romantic, sweet, nice, playful, charming, feminine and tenderness. The color pink is also the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability.
Brighter pinks are used to communicate youth, fun and playfulness, while light pink is used to communicate tenderness, romance and mirror the blush of a young woman’s cheeks. It is not surprising that when giving or receiving flowers on Valentine’s day, pink blossoms are a favorite for girls.
The color pink comes in a variety of shades including salmon, coral, magenta, fuchsia, blush, flesh, flush, fuchsia, rose. In 1947, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli introduced the color “hot pink” to western fashion. She dubbed the shade “Shocking Pink,” though today the color is more popularly known as magenta.
The physical affects of the color pink
While the color red stirs up passion, aggression and action, the color pink represents romance and charm. Vibrant pinks have the same high energy as red as they indicate sensuality and passion without being too aggressive. Bright pinks, like the color red, stimulate energy, encourage action and can increase confidence, blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate. Perfect for Valentine’s day.
For girls who are often overworked and overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree days of childhood. Pink gemstones are believed to bring about serenity, relaxation, acceptance and contentment, as well to neutralize disorder or soften frustration.
Since the color pink is said to have a tranquillizing effect, sport’s teams sometimes use pink to paint the locker room used by opposing teams. Pink has also been used in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic behavior. Some studies of the color pink suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around the color.
Research has also shown that people believe that sweet pastries taste better when they come out of pink boxes or served on pink plates and it is suggested the color pink creates a craving for sugar.
The meaning of pink abroad
In Japan, the color pink has a masculine association. The annual spring blooming of the pink-blossomed cherry trees called the Sakura, is said to represent the young Japanese warriors who fell in battle in the prime of life.
The Chinese did not recognize the color pink until they had contact with Western culture and the Chinese word for pink translates literally as “foreign color.”
Matching colors with pink
Valentine’s day was originally a pagan holiday signifying the time of year when bird’s began mating, one of the first signs of spring. Nothing says spring more than pastel colors. Soft pinks and blues may sound subtle, but when styled in the right way, can be just as eye-catching as a bright splash of colour. A soft blue sweater with a pink jacket is a perfect color combination for a girl’s Valentine’s day outfit. A subtle pink can also soften up a classic all black look.
Pink and grey is a great look which you can utilise all year-round with some versatile pieces. A dark grey skirt with a soft pink top can look very complimentary.
Pink roses can be a better choice for a friend or family member on Valentine’s day rather than red roses, usually given to lovers. The pink color speaks of affection, sweetness and understanding. Since pink is actually created by combining red and white, some consider pink to be the representation of innocence and virginity. Light pink can represent grace, gentility, admiration and friendship. Dark pink represents gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness.
Celebrate with pink cocktails
Valentine’s day is a day for romance, so the perfect day to woo your beloved with a pink cocktail. A Rhubarb Fizz pairs champagne with a ginger-rhubarb syrup for a sweet-tart cocktail or perhaps the Volstead, a mix of vodka St Germain and fresh berries. If you want a drink before a night of revelry, try the “Pink Baby”, a refreshing frozen drink that gets its baby pink color and pleasant bitterness from a combination of Campari and fresh grapefruit juice, while a pinch of finely ground yerba maté adds subtle herbal flavor and a gentle caffeine kick. This is a lightly sweet cocktail that packs a punch.
Pink Valentine’s day gifts
Should you wish to stick with the pink theme for Valentine’s day, here are some ideas for gifts to present to your loved one. A fuchsia checked blanket will keep her warm and pretty. A pink, heart-shaped box of premium truffles in luxury flavors or perhaps the complete works of Jane Austen in pastel pink binding if you want to be her Mr D’Arcy. Perhaps instead an item of personalised jewelry made from rose gold or serve sweet pink biscuits you have made yourself, or quality biscuits from Fossier, the French company that once supplied King Louis XVI.