How Does Pink Make You Feel?
Color psychology suggests that different colors can have an impact on our moods, feelings, and even behaviors. The color pink, for example, is thought to be a calming color associated with love, kindness, and femininity.
Many people immediately associate the color with all things feminine and girly. It might also bring to mind romance and holidays such as Valentine’s Day. Some shades of pale pink are described as relaxing, while very bright, vibrant shades can be stimulating or even aggravating.
Pink is a light red hue and is typically associated with love and romance. It is often described as a feminine color, perhaps due to associations people form during early childhood. “Girls toys” are usually pink and purple, while “boys toys” are often red, yellow, green, or blue. People associate the color with qualities that are often thought of as feminine, such as softness, kindness, nurturance, and compassion.
Pink is thought to have a calming effect.1 One shade known as “drunk-tank pink” is sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates.
While pink’s calming effect has been demonstrated, researchers of color psychology have found that this effect only occurs during the initial exposure to the color.1 When used in prisons, inmates often become even more agitated once they become accustomed to the color.
Sports teams sometimes paint the opposing team’s locker room pink to keep the players passive and less energetic. The Iowa Hawkeyes have a pink visiting team locker room at their Kinnick Stadium conceived by Iowa coach Hayden Fry, who had majored in psychology at Baylor University. He believed that the all-pink room would mess with the minds of the opposing teams.
It is important to remember that color associations are heavily affected by individual experiences and cultural influences.2 Color preferences are often linked to past experiences.
People who are drawn to pink (or any specific color) tend to have pleasant memories of the color, while those who don’t like it may have negative or unpleasant associations with it.
How does pink make you feel? Do you associate pink with certain qualities or situations? You can discover how other people react to the color pink in some of the following responses that readers have shared over the years.
Some readers have described pink as a color that evokes feelings of joy and happiness. “Although green used to be my favorite color, pink has the strongest and deepest emotional influence to me,” wrote one reader. “The color pink to me has a deeply joyful vibe to it. Like being “home.” A familiar friendly place deep within everyone’s heart where there are no worries, you are never lonely, you have everything in life that you ever wanted. You are loved and accepted by everyone.”
For other readers, pink gives off a creative and artistic vibe. “I do not wear pink but I am drawn to it for my study where I do not have to compromise with my husband,” said another reader. “It is a happy color and it makes me feel creative. For the first time in my life, I am decorating with pink, hot pink.”
Many readers have written to suggest that pink is both feminine as well as vibrant. “Feminine, attractive, vibrant… Love pink lipstick, clothing, or tops worn in contrast with black. Bright pink, or paler no matter what age makes me feel flirty, astute, and can accomplish what I need to that day. I associate it with ‘sugar and spice and all things nice.’ Flowers, romantic gestures, and kindness,” wrote reader Jill Cleggett.
Some people have a less positive view of the color. “It really seems to represent every single little girl on the planet (according to television), which has a very profound effect on kids. That would also explain why every toy, doll or dress my little sister has is..guess what? PINK! It’s almost like to little girls it’s “if you don’t love pink, you’re not really a girl.” On the contrary, little boys hate pink,” wrote one reader.
“Pink makes me think of springtime flowers and all things fresh and new. It seems like a really inspiring color. If I could, I would paint my room all pink so that I could always feel that sense of inspiration and renewal.” explained one reader named Gemma.
One common response from readers has been that different shades of pink can evoke different moods. For example, one reader explained:
“Hot pink is vivacious and joyous. I think that hot pink embodies who I try to be as a person: full of life and character. I didn’t really gravitate toward this color until my late teens; as I was initially a lover of red. However, red comes across as harsh and overly bold, while pink comes across as gentle and feminine…”
“Another reason I love pink is that it is versatile. More muted pinks represent youth and innocence while loud forms of pink elude sexiness and boldness. Every time I come across anything in my favorite pink shade, I can’t help but stop and admire its inherent beauty. Pink is my euphoria.
While people often respond to the color pink in similar ways, it is important to remember that the psychology behind any color can depend upon many different factors. Past experiences, cultural influences, personal taste, and other factors can all impact how a person feels about a particular color, including the color pink
How does the color blue make you feel? People have long believed that certain colors can evoke different moods and feelings, and some research has supported the idea that colors can have psychological effects.
Blue is a color often found in nature such as the pale blue of a daytime sky or the rich dark blue of a deep pool of water. It is for this reason perhaps that people often describe the color blue as calm and serene. Yet as a cool color, blue can sometimes seem icy, distant, or even cold.
Learn more about some of the feelings and moods created by the color blue.
According to color psychology:
Look at the use of blue in the image that accompanies this article. How does blue make you feel? Do you associate blue with certain qualities or situations?
One important thing to remember is that the feelings evoked by certain colors are not necessarily universal. Cultural differences sometimes play a role in how people perceive color.
Individual experiences also have an important effect on the moods that colors can create. If you associate the color blue with a vivacious and lively friend, then you might see it as a high energy color that evokes a sense of excitement.
While blue has different symbolic meanings, individual reactions to the color blue can vary widely. The following are some of the reactions to the color blue that readers have shared over the years.
“Blue is the color of sky, ocean, sleep, and twilight. It is a color that makes me feel so good. When I see it, I almost feel like I am in heaven. For me, blue is the color of sincerity, inspiration, and spirituality. It makes me feel like I am good enough.” — Pradnya
“I love the sight of blue…especially shades of turquoise like teal and aquamarine. I tend to be naturally drawn to this color; I believe because it is the color of my aura. I am already a very calm, serene, emotionally balanced person but when I’m around the color blue, I am less nervous and more comfortable and communicative in the presence of others.”
“Many people think of blue as being peaceful and serene, like a clear summer sky or calming waters. However, when blues are deep and intense this internal reflection changes. Skies become stormy and waters will rage. Blue now arouses a feeling of emotional energy, strength, and spirit.”
“I love blue because it’s the color of the ocean and the sky. The color blue makes me feel calm, quiet, reflective, and strong. When I look at the blue waters of the ocean, I feel calm and very strong, I feel free like the moving waves and yet there is a sadness to it which at times fill my eyes with tears -I don’t understand why. No color like great blue!” — Guest Sharon
While exploring the psychology of color can be interesting, it is also important to remember that reactions to color can also be highly personal. Past experiences can play a role in shaping how people feel about and respond to different colors.
While some people find blue to be a sad or somber color, others may interpret it as peaceful or inspiring. Pay attention to how the color blue makes you feel and consider some of the different influences that may have influenced your feelings.