Thinking About Painting Your Walls Pink?

by mihgasper

Pink is a trendy choice for interiors, so it's good to know where it belongs and how to use its combination of soothing and invigorating powers to its best.

Not so long ago, pink was the girly color reserved for candy, clothes, and stuff confined in the girls' rooms. Things changed. The popularity of pink in all its countless shades steadily arose until it became one of the most sought-after choices in modern interior design.

If you are thinking about painting your home, pink paint should be very close to the top of your list of paints to think about. Pale shades to calm, bolder hues to energize, and purplish pinks to make a statement - they are all here, ready to help you achieve the desired effect and improve the quality of your living.

Which Spaces Can Be Upgraded by Pink?

In short - just all of them. Pink paint suits all spaces, especially if we consider hundreds of popular shades and tens of thousands of possible combinations. Bright or bold, in just one or several hues, dominating or with just a hint of paint, pink paint covers all interiors.


The water-resistant paint in pink color is a popular choice for bathrooms. Being still 'a girly color' pink is an obvious solution for the space where girls and ladies spend so much time. It's soft and soothing, perfect for relaxing after a long working day, but it can be an invigorating option for a vibrant start to the day as well.


Bathrooms are often small, so a dusky pink paint for the walls with a white ceiling is a great possibility to create an optical illusion of greater space. The opposite way is an aggressive combination of pink with bolder colors, like dark shades of blue or green.

And, of course, you can use pink for details only.



Kitchen walls are not confined in white, beige, ivory, and different pastels, suggesting cleanness and freshness, anymore. Pink paint goes great in the kitchen, being used for walls cabinets, or just some specific elements, like a refrigerator or table with chairs.

Pink possesses the right amount of energy for the working space and improves one's appetite if the kitchen is the eating place. At the same time, it can be calm enough to keep the mood of the users relaxed enough to be able of spending a lot of time on more demanding kitchen projects or enjoy longer meals in pleasant company.


Dining Room

As you already know colors have an important impact on appetite. That's why restaurants love the red color and avoid everything blue. Pink, obviously falls in the family of reds. Pink walls, especially in bolder tones, will make you feel a bit hungrier and your food a bit tastier.

Don't exaggerate, because too strong reddish and purplish tones can make you too excited and irritable, which is not a perfect basis for a nice family dinner. Like always, it's good to start with something easy (like pale pink paint on the walls with a white ceiling, or maybe only one pink wall among ivory ones) and add more pink with time curtains, furniture, accessories, ...).

Living Room

The living room is the heart of each home. This is where we hang out the most, accept visits, or just loosen up in front of the television. Pink in its huge versatility of countless shades is a great paint that can create the perfect vibe you intend to create.


Again, pink paint is not necessarily used for walls only. It's not necessarily used just in one shade and definitely not necessarily the only color you can select. The white ceiling is a classic choice for a combo, with pale pinks on the wall and a possibility to add some more daring pink paints with a higher percentage of red with an addition of red or blue to create a vibrant feel for the residents.


Pink in the sleeping room is a stereotypically girly color. Yet, in its paler tones, sometimes edging on very bright yellow, it has a calming effect on men too. On the other hand, it's the most sensual color, which can add a little extra to the tenderness of a loving couple.


A pink bedroom is a welcoming place with a warm, safe feeling, exemplary for a sleeping space. If you don't want to look it too girly, just don't go overboard - balance pink with other colors, especially earthly tones, use contrasting accessories with a rough, pattern, or metallic look, and be careful at choosing fabrics (burlap is definitely more masculine than satin, for instance), etc. In short: don't go overboard. A good approach is to start with something soft, and non-aggressive and add more with time when you got a better idea if you need to add more pinkish or more other hues.

Children's Room

While pink undoubtedly belongs in the most playful room in the house, its use is probably the most tricky among all the interiors.

First of all, you need to consider the gender of the kid. Girls will very likely love it but boys can like it too at least in some certain period of childhood. Second, the taste will change and for children, it can change with the speed of light. Things are further complicated if we have more than one kid per room, their taste could be next to impossible to match.


Then, there are also visitors who have an impact, not to mention kids' peers and role models. So, it's best to start pretty neutral and add pink (the same is true for other vivid colors) with specific elements, like curtains, wallpaper, surfaces of the furniture, stickers, toys, etc. In short, go with pink like you intend to keep it forever yet you could remove it tomorrow.

Laundry Room

The colors of the laundry room should be approached similarly to the colors of the kitchen. Essentially it's a working place, so a hint of energetic pink could only help. It's also a place that identifies with hygiene, so white and pasteles are always a good option.

Pink posses both and we just need to find the right shades and combinations to achieve the perfect result. This will not necessarily succeed at once. Sometimes we need to experiment a bit to find an optimal solution but it's important to have a general idea, to have the right motivation, and probably most important of all: to start.

We could go on and on with different rooms in the house or even expand the usage of pink paint to exteriors but you probably already have an idea of how to paint your life with just a hint or a large dose of pink.

Updated: 06/17/2023, mihgasper
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mihgasper on 06/25/2023

I believe, DerdriuMarriner, such rooms should consider the whole package: change of lights, colors in the environment, owner's character, etc. There is no simple solution; the best way to find the perfect color is to try a few and see.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/23/2023

The computer crashed before I could add what's more an anecdote than a question.

Your fifth sub-subheading, Bedroom, broaches pink "in the sleeping room" as "a stereotypically girly color. Yet, in its paler tones, sometimes edging on very bright yellow, it has a calming effect on men too. On the other hand, it's the most sensual color, which can add a little extra to the tenderness of a loving couple."

The interpretation of yellow caused me to think of yellow-related references in a movie. The film Three days to kill has an apartment owned by Kevin Costner's character squatted by a family whose father paints the bedroom yellow. Kevin Costner's character indicates a dislike for yellow. The squatter gentleman mentions that he'd told his wife that yellow isn't a man's color, to which Costner's character agrees!

DerdriuMarriner on 06/22/2023

It's helpful the way you associate each room with activity and atmosphere (conducive for drinking and eating in the dining room, for example).

What kind of shade and where would you put pink in an attic? Would it be different if the attic is intended for clean, organized storage or if it serves as living space, such as a bedroom or office?

DerdriuMarriner on 06/20/2023

Wisconsin architect Frank Lloyd Wright came up with a cement/concrete floor that he dark-colored black or black-gray and that he finished in such a way that it looked like walking on glass.

If I were to use pink -- instead of Wrightian black or black-gray -- for a basement, bathroom or kitchen, which shade of pink would be most attractive and enduring?

If I wanted the ceiling, the floor and each of the four walls to be a different pink, what combination of 6 pink shades would be least overwhelming and unsettling and most attractive and lasting?

DerdriuMarriner on 06/17/2023

It's interesting how many rooms can accommodate pink, from those more whitish to those more reddish and purplish.

Hawaii and the southwestern United States have outdoor rooms that may or may not be able to be closed -- by walls movable down and up or side to side. They attractively have a glass wall with a door to the house interior, typically a living room. Their side walls -- one on the left side, another on the right -- head out from the house as stone or wood projections. The wall opposite the wall to the wall with the entry/exit door is glass.

Pink might be quite an attractive color in such an arrangement.

What shade would you associate most attractively for the ceiling and for the two wood side walls?

What it have to be the same shade or would three different ones work in an outside room whose mood would be influenced by clouds, cloudlessness and sun-ness?

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