How to Decorate with Carnation Pink | Color Codes VOL.2

Tuesday, October 9

It's Tuesday so you know what that means, it's time for another Color Codes post! I'm excited to share this week's post because we're taking a unique spin on a classic color, carnation pink. When people decorate with this color they typically use it children bedrooms but I'm challenging you guys to use it in a nontraditional area, the kitchen!  

PSSST... If you missed last week's post, don't sweat it! Click here to catch up: HOW TO DECORATE WITH TURQUOISE BLUE: | COLOR CODES VOL.1


I created the Color Codes Series to teach you guys (my readers!) how to add color to your home in a stress-free, cohesive way. In each post, I feature a specific hex color code and explain how to incorporate the color in your home. Every post teaches you how to decorate a space with monochromatic tones, neutrals shades, and triadic colors so you can choose which style fits your home the best. To put it shortly, this entire post is basically a color theory cheat sheet in 1500 words or less. 


Pink is the perfect mixture red and white. This means it delivers equal qualities from both colors. In color theory, red is an arousing, passionate color while white represents purity, innocence, hope, and openness. The color pink adopted both characteristics (from red and white) to become the strong, feminine color we know and love.


Carnation pink is a bright tone that instantly brings a calming, feminine aura to a room. In color psychology, carnation pink is believed to create a calming effect because it encourages safety, hope, and vulnerability. In small doses, carnation pink relaxes people, but try not to overuse the color. Overusing carnation pink can provoke irritation and inspire the feeling of weakness. Because of this, I prefer using carnation pink in offices, bathrooms, beauty rooms, and closets. If you want to use pink in your bedroom or living room I highly suggest opting for blush pink instead of carnation pink. Blush pink is a softer version of carnation pink, therefore, it looks great in these rooms.

In feng shui (a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings) it represents fire and believed to bring a warm "powerful" energy to the room you use it in. This is yet another reason why I like to use it in the areas mentioned before.


If you're intimidated by using pink in your kitchen, don't be! Below, I have three different examples of how to use pink in your kitchen. The first way is a clean monochromatic style, the second is a homey neutral style and the third example is a bold retro style. All of these styles are drastically different from each other but I feature the same shade of pink in every example. 


Just like my first Color Codes post, I'm starting with a monochromatic kitchen because it's my favorite out of the three examples. In this kitchen, the owner went for two-tone cabinets, marble counters, and stainless steel appliances. This design is unique because it combines modern colors with traditional architecture. Everything flows in a harmonious rhythm because the hot pink fridge and bar stool compliments the carnation cabinets perfectly.


Compared to the first photo, this kitchen has warm tones to create a homey area. Both kitchens are considered traditional but this one features more neutrals and less cool tones. Warm tones encourage comfort while the carnation pink adds a fun pop of color. This style is perfect for people who love mixing natural tones (as seen in the butcher's block counter) and bold colors together.

This kitchen example is for all my readers who can't live without retro styles and pastel colors! Out of all the kitchen examples, this one was the easiest to find. Believe it or not, almost every pastel kitchen showcases the perfect Triadic Colors for #ffa6c9. Carnation pink (or color hex code ffa6c9) has a bright triadic color scheme which features a bold periwinkle purple and soft seafoam green. Combined these colors create a bold color scheme with retro vibes.

Fun Fact: In color theory, the definition of Triadic Colors is a color scheme that uses three colors evenly spaced around the color wheel. Triadic color harmonies tend to be considerably vibrant, even if you use pale or muted versions of the hues (see example below!)

photo credits (in order) // 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 

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