The Power Of Pink

by John Berenson on February 11, 2010 · 2 comments

in Color

shirley maclaine pink divaPink. Every time I say or see the word, and the vast range of it’s color, my senses are awakened. Just think of all the different ways pink plays a role in our daily lives. There’s hardly a place you can go where you won’t see it used or incorporated in the world we live in. There is a wonderful old movie called “What A Way To Go” which starred Shirley MacLaine, and if you have not seen this, treat yourself to it. Aside from lavish set and costume design by Edith Head, you will see a segment in the movie where pink is taken to the extreme!


pink cadillacs

The “presence of pink” can be found in food, fashion, home accessories, design, and yes, even automobiles! I think back to my childhood in the late 60’s and early 70’s when GM featured a new color on the Cadillac called “Wisteria”, which was a very pale icy-metallic-pink mixed with a bit of lavender. What a gorgeous color and what a statement it made! It was distinctive, fashion forward for it’s time, yet still evoking a slight air of “in your face”, and subtle sophistication. This was nothing new for Cadillac, it was just another derivation of the fashion forward colors they’d offered off and on over the years since the 50’s. During the same period they offered other unusual colors like “Salmon Pink”. Remember Aretha Franklin’s big hit “Pink Cadillac”, which featured one of the big finned beauties in that color?

pink cars paris hilton


Pink always has and I think always will be “The” statement color in fashion. It’s a stimulating color that awakens emotions from deep within our hearts. Whether you wear Pink proudly in it’s most intense value, such as “Hot Pink”, or it’s most subtle shade of “Angel Skin”, it is a pink collage boston designcolor that flatters. Lighting consultants advise using pink lamps or colored gels to enhance a room and to even out our complexions.


Some of the most memorable interiors I’ve seen can be attributed to those with something… or everything pink! Imagine adding a bold pink accessory, or perhaps painting a bedroom wall a pale shade of “Wisteria”? This Last week I walked into “Studio 534” at the Boston Design Center and saw that Josh & Leigh had josh leigh boston design centerdone just that! It gave the existing furnishings an entirely new look. One of my favorite color combination’s for a space is soft pink with chocolate brown… it’s delicious!!


When it comes to food…. well, let’s think of pink edibles like cotton candy, which is usually pink, right? Or, how about peppermint stick ice cream. For the diet conscious… pink grapefruit sorbet! Nothing is more yummy looking and tasting than a chocolate cupcake with pink peppermint icing. Did you ever wonder why (this one is for all the junk food lovers) Hostess made a “Snowball” sprinkled in pink coconut with chocolate cake inside?

So, with Valentine’s day just around the corner, why not start the month of February off by thinking pink?

color bedroom Pink bedroom

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jaima Emmert March 9, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Love it all. Fabulous shots and especially the dog! Enjoyed it.
Jaima

john berenson June 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

Thanks for the nice comments, and so glad you enjoyed it!

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