1. Basically you need only red and white. Higher the level of red, more energetic pink you will get, higher the level of white, more pale tone will be achieved. But if you add a pinch of yellow or blue or both, you can still mix interesting pinkish colors with surprisingly original names.
Unfortunately it seems just everybody with more than five minutes of spare time created his own list of pink colors and the same name is used on different (or even on the same) lists for completely different shades of probably the most controversial member of the color wheel.
Here is just one, far from being complete, list of pink shades...
2. Pink is associated with sensitivity and tenderness, caring and intimacy. It is color of innocence but with addition of blue it slowly transfers from romance to passion as approaches the violet on the color scale.
Pink works great in different combination. While black or white are classic where it is really hard to miss, we should consider the age of the wearer. White with more energetic tones of pink is more suitable for youngsters, pale shades of pink in combination of black can be great on more mature women. But using a complimentary color as navy or indigo blue, maybe even olive green can make great impression too, especially if we like really lively and colorful appearance.
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Today majority or Western world 'allows' pink clothes only to the fair sex. Men can only opt for accessories like ties, maybe occasional shirt (and please, don't call it pink, it is salmon!) and some ornamental details.
Because of its calming effect pink is sometimes used to color the walls of places where certain degree of violence is expected. This includes prisons and mental hospitals. Its pale shades have so strong psychological effect they can actually cause physical weakness what is already used in sports like football - to paint the walls of opponents' locker rooms!