Colors that go with pink – unexpected pairings and classic combos

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A pink sofa in a dark blue living room
(Image credit: Leonid Furmansky. Design: Jeanne Schultz Design Studio)

There are so many colors that go with pink. In a muted form, it's a popular, pared back shade that works the same way as a neutral. In a bright and vivid tone, it's strong, bold and beautiful. Because pink is such a versatile shade, it is seen in interiors paired with so many different colors. 

Of the most popular are blues, greens, browns in all its shades and forms, and pink is one of the what colors go with grey too. Pink also works with analogous pairings - like red and orange, which work to really pack a punch.

We spoke with the color experts and looked at designed examples of beautiful schemes where pink works with another color. 

Hebe Hatton

Hebe is an experienced homes writer and editor. She has written hundreds of articles helping readers make the best home design choices, and spends her days interviewing interiors industry experts to bring the latest ideas to her readers. For this piece she spoke to the world's best designers who use color in the most inspiring ways, ideal for compiling this article. 

1. Pink and white 

A bright pink entryway with stark white painted walls

(Image credit: Nicole England)

Pink and white create a crisp and bold scheme. With the white providing simplicity, allowing the boldness of this pink to really take the stage. It's a versatile combination too, working for pale pinks and white all the way up to a bold fuchsia like this carpet runner. 

'Creative license was granted to modernise the original Victorian rooms by way of refreshed furnishings, surfaces and color,' explains Jade Diamond-Haggert for The Stylesmiths (opens in new tab).  

'Every room is part of an overall concept, a color story made up of swatches grounded in pastel base tones and contrasted in the layers of interior decoration and a bold color choice reflecting the personalities of those living there.' 

2. Pink and green 

A pink room with green sofa

(Image credit: Hanna Grankvist. Design: Studio Nato)

Pink and green are a classic pairing hat crops up time and time again in modern interior schemes. These two shades work so well because they create a sense of balance. Pink softens and warms up a green tone, while the tones of olive green keeps the pink grounded and earthy. 

'This combination has become incredibly popular,' says Sarah. 'These colors are complementary, sitting opposite each other on the wheel, therefore the high contrast creates a vibrant look. It’s a combination we see a lot in nature, which is why we find it very comforting and cossetting when it comes to interiors. The emotive powers of these colors make this mix a favorite in bedrooms and bathrooms – green is restful and calming, while pink is soft and dreamy.'

This beautiful room was designed by Studio Nato (opens in new tab) in a Brownstone Brooklyn townhouse, with the soft blush pink and sea-green combination capturing the romance of the Mediterranean. 

3. Pink and orange

A bright pink wall balanced against an orange cabinet

(Image credit: Yadnyesh Joshi. Design: Zero 9)

For a vibrant color clash, pink and orange work well together because they are located so close together on the color wheel. This means they are often not associated and used, but it doesn't mean they can't work together. From hot pinks and vivid oranges to more muted tones of blush pink and terracotta, this is a fun pairing that adds warmth and playfulness. 

In this scheme from Zero 9 (opens in new tab), the designer has gone bold. 'We used salmon pink and juicy orange as the main story visible at the dining credenza. Also the bright orange sofa recliner with the backdrop of pink and blue forms an interesting clash in colors,' says Prashant Chauhan of Zero 9. 

Annie Sloan also likes this firey combination. 'I absolutely adore vivid, juicy, Vitamin C packed orange with a pink. Both colors are playful and beautiful, so they work fabulously in a social space such as a kitchen, living room, or diner. The juxtaposition of hot orange and a cool-toned pale pink is simultaneously knowingly retro yet elegantly contemporary.'

4. Pink and grey 

a neutral kitchen with a statement linear pendant light

(Image credit: James Merrell)

Pink and grey is a classy combination. Grey typically has a lot of coolness to it, so needs the warmth of pink to really help the scheme feel friendly and hospitable. Whether you are using pink in a pale blush color or a bright pop of bold fuschia, it can work beautifully with a grey tone. In this scheme, the pink almost works as a neutral when balanced against the grey, and really helps to highlight the natural stone used in this kitchen.

5. Pink and blue 

A pink sofa gives light to a dark blue living room

(Image credit: Leonid Furmansky. Design: Jeanne Schultz Design Studio)

For a luxurious look, pink is a great color to pair with blue. The coolness of the blue is warmed up by the heat emanating from the red of the pink, and the rosie look of pink is toned down when contrasted with the blue. 

'Pink is a versatile color to use in your space because it contains the primary color red in it,' explains Jeanne Schultz of the eponymous Austin-based design studio, Jeanne Schultz Design Studio (opens in new tab), who designed the above scheme.

'In my opinion, pink can match with almost any other color. In this space, we use a shade of blue paint that is tinted similarly to the pink tint of the sofa. Another way to ensure your pink object is tied into the space is to include other pink items which help create cohesion and reinforcement of the palette.'

6. Pink and black

Pink living room with painted black flooring

(Image credit: James Merrell)

Pairing any shade of pink with black is instantly going to banish any sweetness and create a sophisticated, moody space. Even just a touch of black in an all-pink space will add some depth and drama. 

Black works so well with pink because it balances out the vibrant, playful energy that pink often brings to a room. A vice versa, pink can add just that pop of color to an all-black room and take stop the space from looking too gloomy.

We are loving this glossy black, gothic vibe of the painted floorboards and that contrast with the soft pink walls creates the perfect balance. And taking that deep shade up onto the window frames too creates less of a two-tone look with dark on the bottom, light on top and makes the overall look more cohesive. 

7. Pink and yellow

Pink yellow and blue bedroom with large velvet headboard

(Image credit: James Merrell)

What a gorgeous sunny bedroom! Despite the pink and the yellow being on the more muted side the space still feels so cheerful and fun. The blue accents balance out the warmer tones so the room feels light and fresh.

'This combination is a delightful one and can be particularly uplifting. Yellow is the color of optimism after all and pink always brings positivity to a room.' says Sarah. 'Opting for chalky dirty plaster pink and then slicing that with a zinging almost neon yellow can be very stand out. Equally an earthier ochre will create a very nourishing combination. Add natural textures such as rattan and rope for a layered look.'

8. Pink and red

Pink bedroom with red ensuite doors

(Image credit: James Merrell)

This cool color pairing gained traction in the fashion world and is now seeping into interior design trends too. It has so many different variants too. Take the pink and red combination a step darker for a contemporary twist or team neutral pink with earthy terracotta and shades of clay for an on-trend tonal look.

'A combination of analogous colors - ie the colors to the left and right of your chosen hue on the wheel - will always create a strong color palette that’s harmonious. So for pink, that’s red and red-orange.' explains Sarah. 'These colors are close enough to each other that it doesn’t create a jarring effect when placed together. This is also why shades of pink like blush, old rose, and baby pink all go well together.'

9. Pink and gold

A gold and pink powder room

(Image credit: Artistic Tile. Design: Barette Widell)

Thank goodness we all seem to be  getting over the rose gold phenomenon of the past few years, but what it's left behind, the popular pink and gold combination is an iconic duo that has much more longevity. 

The key is to pick the right tones of both, and the deeper the better. Avoid going for anything too light with anything too bright – if you are drawn to lighter pinks, bring in a darker, aged brass-tone whether it be in a piece of furniture or a metallic wallpaper. And likewise, if you do want to go bright and shiny with your gold, pair it with a more muted blush pink shade. This beautiful powder room Barette Widell helps the gold of the mirror to come to the fore, making the space a wholly pampering experience.

What colors go with light pink?

Light pink can be a tricky shade to work with, get it right and you have an uplifting space that feels fun and fresh, can it wrong and you risk falling into Pepto-Bismol, kid's bedroom territory. The key is to pair these paler pink shades with the right colors. For lighter, sweeter shades you want to ground always ground them with darker shades – grey and even black. But that high-contrast can look a bit too intense, so tone it down by bringing in more tonal shades too. Layer up light pinks with a whole color scale of greys, from barely there to deep charcoal. 

If you are after a less neutral, more colorful combination, navy blues look lovely with light pinks, and the deep jewel tone gives the pink a more grown-up, glamourous feel.

What colors go with blush pink?

Blush pink seems to be the most popular way to do pink, potentially because it's the least saccharine, earthiest tone that can almost act as a neutral. Again, blush pinks look lovely against rich colors like navy blues and forests greens but more recently we have seen it being used with colors from the same side of the color wheel. Reds and oranges combined with blush tones create a fun scheme that's refreshing yet warm and inviting too. 

David Harris, Design Director at Andrew Martin (opens in new tab) suggests it's also materials you want to consider when finding a pairing for blush pinks, 'soft smoky pink transports you to far-flung climates, and conjures up the feeling of warm and dusty days abroad. It calms, relaxes, and comforts, helps us to escape from the stress of daily life, and blends into the background with ease. Use with washed and faded linens, comfortable furniture, and worn wooden surfaces for a sanctuary you can call home.'

Hebe is the Digital Editor of Livingetc; she has a background in lifestyle and interior journalism and a passion for renovating small spaces. You'll usually find her attempting DIY, whether it's spray painting her whole kitchen, don't try that at home, or ever changing the wallpaper in her hallway. Livingetc has been such a huge inspiration and has influenced Hebe's style since she moved into her first rental and finally had a small amount of control over the decor and now loves being able to help others make decisions when decorating their own homes. Last year she moved from renting to owning her first teeny tiny Edwardian flat in London with her whippet Willow (who yes she chose to match her interiors...) and is already on the lookout for her next project.