Want to paint something in your home pink? Bring it on! Here are my tips for picking a pink paint color and the best pink paint colors!
Pink is a funny color. It is a lot of people’s very favorite color, but most of those people would never paint a room in their home pink!
I don’t know if there is a color that is as polarizing as pink. Some people call it girlie or childish or extra.
However, I adore a pink room. You just have to pick the right shade to avoid a neon barbie look – unless that’s your aesthetic, in which case go for it!
How to pick the right pink paint color for your room
There are a lot of shades of pink paint. How do you find the right one?
The answer is to let your room do a lot of the deciding. No color will look exactly the same in any two spaces.
Start by looking on Pinterest for inspiration. Create a board just of pink rooms that you love.
Once you have at least twenty pins in that board, look them over. What do they have in common? What family are they in? See if you can click thru and find out the actual color name.
Now go to your local paint store. Grab the paper paint swatches for as many colors as you can that are in the family or vibe that you determined you like.
Bring them home and tape them or hold them up on your wall. It’s important to hold them vertically in the actual space and not just look at them at the hardware store.
Narrow it down to your 2-5 favorites.
Return to the paint store and purchase samples of those colors.
Paint squares of that color – at least 12″x12″ – in several places in your room. Be sure to get spots next to things that won’t change – like trim, tile, or flooring.
Look at the paint morning, noon, and night. Look with the lights on. Look with the lights off and the blinds open.
Take a picture. Take a picture with a flash.
Which do you prefer? That is your color!
Is pink a good color to paint room?
Heck yes it is! A lot of people are afraid to decorate with pink. They are scared to paint a pink wall and terrified of painting a whole room pink!
However, the right shade can be truly beautiful. It could subtly add just a touch of soft pink to an otherwise beige space.
Or, it can be bold and bright and transform even a small space into a brilliant jewel box.
What room should I paint pink?
You can paint any room pink but here is some advice.
If you are painting a living room, kitchen, or large, open space, go for a lighter blush pink. Something with muted, gray or beige under tones. This will make the space feel light, airy, and bright with just a hint of happy pink.
If you are painting a bedroom, playroom, office, or similar, go with a nice medium toned pink hue. Consider painting a 3/4 wall with white on top to brighten it further and draw the eye up.
If you are painting a small space – a powder room, closet, or laundry room – go bold! A deep hot pink or even a mauve
Is pink paint warm or cool?
Typically, pink paint is warm in tone. They usually have red or orange undertones. Warm colors usually make a space feel very cozy and inviting!
Consider going very bold and painting even the ceiling. This is a trick used by interior designers to make small spaces feel actually larger and extra cozy.
What colors work best with pink?
Pink is a great color because it pairs with so many accent colors!
It is easy to pair pink with neutrals: white, black, gray, beige, and chocolate brown all look great.
Don’t be afraid to layer shades of pink, too. Darker mauves pair really nicely with ballet slipper baby pink!
When choosing complimentary colors for your pink colors, my biggest tip is to pick something at least two shades off. Basically, pair a light pink with dark accents or a dark pink with light accents.
Imagine taking a photo of your room in black and white – you don’t want it to all be the same shade of “gray” but instead go for contrast!
The best pink paint colors
Here are my top picks for light and dark pink paint colors!
Pale Cherry Blossom by Benjamin Moore (2101-60)
This blush color has a lot of gray undertones to it, making it a very dusty blush. Those gray tones really mute the pink and make it not bright or overwhelming for a space.
If you are looking for a blush pink that is not super light but also not bright, this is a great option!
Sugarcane by Benjamin Moore (1185)
If you are looking for a blush color with a bit of a coral tint, check out Sugar Cane!
This light pink paint color has orange undertones, making it feel very warm and cozy. However, it is still very muted so it doesn’t feel bright or “neon” in any way.
It’s a great pastel coral color option!
Angelic by Sherwin Williams (SW 6602)
This is a brighter, more pigmented blush option. It’s pretty true to a classic “baby pink”.
There are slight orange, warm undertones, but it definitely doesn’t read as coral.
This color looks really good paired with creamy white trim or accents. It’s very feminine!
Middleton Pink by Farrow and Ball (No. 245)
This is another great blush pink option. It is brighter than some of the other colors – less muted.
It also has slightly orange/coral undertones. This gives it a warm feeling and could play well when paired with other warm toned accent colors.
Fancy Pink by Sherwin Williams (SW 7107)
Fancy Pink is a very light pink blush color. If you want a subtle pink, this could be a great option! It’s got a lot less pigment than most of the other light pink colors, so it’s a lot less pink.
It also has orange undertones for a warm, coral toned look.
Orleans Violet by Benjamin Moore (1374)
This is a great blush pink that trends slightly violet. That’s because it has blue/purple undertones, giving it a bit of a cooler tone.
It looks pretty pink until you put it next to one of the more coral options above, then it looks purple!
This is a great option on the line of pink and purple. It’s also got muted tones so it doesn’t feel too bright whatsoever.
Cosmetic Blush by Sherwin Williams (SW7110)
Cosmetic blush is a light pink paint color with a lot of coral/orange undertones. It’s very light and pastel, and a great option if you want a barely-pink color with warm tones.
Queen Anne Pink by Benjamin Moore (HC-60)
If you want a blush pink that is very coral, orange, or almost a peach color, look no further! This is a great muted shade with plenty of pigment so it’s not too faint or subtle. Another great option!
Intimate White by Sherwin Williams (SW 6322)
Intimate White is another great option for a very light pastel pink color. This is a muted color with gray to it so it’s not too bright.
It has very warm tones and orange undertones, making it pair really nicely with white, gold, and other warm toned colors.
Touch of Pink by Benjamin Moore (2008-70)
This is a brighter, more true pink pastel pink color option. It’s what I would call a ballerina pink and very feminine and sweet!
Behr Pink Abalone
Pink Abalone is a light to mid toned coral shade of pink. It has just a touch of warmth (making it slightly orange/coral) and a bit of gray, making it muted.
This is a super easy shade to decorate with if you want it to feel light bright pink without being neon!
Pressed Flower by Sherwin Williams (SW 6304)
Pressed Flower is a mauve-y pink color with slight purple undertones. It’s very rich, but at the same time muted, so its not too dark.
I’d love to see this color painted on all the walls – including the ceiling – in small powder room or on a wall with a lot of intricate trim work!
Radicchio by Farrow and Ball (No. 96)
This is a very deep pink color with red and purple undertones. It is extremely pigmented and very dark and solidly red.
This is an excellent and bold choice for a front door, piece of furniture, or kitchen island!
Apple Blossom by Sherwin Williams (SW 0076)
This is more of a medium toned than dark pink. However, it reads as really rich and darker, especially in a smaller, windowless room.
This is what I call a true pink with muted tones, so it won’t read as orange or purple and it also won’t be overwhelmingly bright! A really great option.
Coral Essence by Benjamin Moore (2007-40)
This is an extremely bold hot pink paint color – but it’s a good one!
It definitely has orange/coral undertones to it.
this color works well if you are going for a colorful beachy/tropical vibe. I have also seen it work well in rooms with eclectic styles, such as on a wall with a large gallery wall in a ton of colors.
Resounding Rose by Sherwin Williams (SW 6318)
This is a better color option if you are looking for a deep coral pink with more muted tones. It’s not bright at all because of the gray undertones.
This is a great way to add bold pink color without it being too bright, if you don’t want brightness. I think this would be great for a 3/4 paint wall.
Concerto by Sherwin Williams
This is a very pretty muted plum color. It has a lot of blue/purple undertones, and has a depth and interest to it that I really love! I think that this would be stunning on a wall with a lot of molding or visual interest.
Genuine Pink by Benjamin Moore (2005-40)
This is another bright “Barbie pink” paint option. But, it actually does have a lot of gray tones to it so it doesn’t feel neon or overly bright, despite being very pigmented.
Tender Pink by Benjamin Moore (2090-50)
Tender Pink is another great dark coral color. It’s more muted than some of the really bright colors, but not super muted. It could definitely still feel bright, especially if paired with neutrals!
Deep Mauve by Benjamin Moore (1265)
If you want a deep pink color with a lot of purple undertones, look no further. This is more of a cool toned color and it’s almost grape-y.
However, it’s still got gray to it so it doesn’t feel bright or like a purple dinosaur.
Redbud by Sherwin Williams (SW 6312)
This is what I would call lipstick pink. It looks like the color you would choose for a pedicure before a tropical beach vacation.
It’s got a lot of red undertones to it, which is what gives it that kissable look. It’s not to bright and would be fabulous for a small room or a piece of furniture!
What is your favorite pink paint color?!
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Morgan is passionate about home decor and paint colors. She has been sharing DIY home decor tips since 2012 at CharlestonCrafted.com. From there, she learned to love paint colors, and the Paint Color Project was born in 2022!