Pink & Red: February Color of the Month


Happy Valentine’s Day! When I was deciding on my Color of the Month colors, the obvious choice for February is Pink & Red. We don’t see a ton of combined pink and red interiors for many reasons – mostly I think because so few men like these colors. But, did you know that the traditional pink-for-girls and blue-for-boys was actually once the opposite? These gender assigned colors are actually a relatively new phenomenon. In the 19th century into the early 20th, babies were all dressed alike, in dresses for easy access to diapers, and mostly in whites which were easier to launder/bleach. As dyed fabrics became more readily available, colors made their entry into baby clothes. And, in fact, pink was considered a better color for boy and blue for girls because pink is a more assertive and aggressive color and blue a more passive, restful color. (Please note, this post includes affiliate links which result in a small commission paid on any sales. This goes to help this blog continue, thank you!)

Per the Smithsonian a June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”

Color theory bears this out. Surgical scrubs are said to be usually blue or green as the color provides a rest for the eye weary from the surgical field of red. And we all know that red is a hot color and blue is cool. In our western culture, red and pink are colors of passion and love, in Asian cultures, it’s the symbol of good puck and prosperity. All good things!

So, when I set out to look for great examples of the combination of pink & red, my first thought was Miles Redd‘s famous pink & red living room.


Anna Ullmans “Rhodochro”. Love this wonderful abstract in pink & red!


Surroundings Color of the Month #COTM February Pink and Red Pink and Red Botanical Study No.1
Paula Mill’s Art Pink and Red Botanical Study No.1. Another beautiful graphic using our pink & red palette. This piece would be fantastic in so many settings.


A classic pink and red floral with a mix of chrysanthemum pink and stylized red leaves.  This image was credited a a Florence Broadhurst, but I can’t verify it.



The classic Marimekko Unikko fabric in pink & red.

So, do you think you could live in a pink & red room? I know I could!

Pink & Red COTM Boutique

xoxo Linda

2 thoughts on “Pink & Red: February Color of the Month”

  1. I love mixing pink and red, and you posted great examples. One of the charms of working with antique textiles is you realize how much you limit yourself with regard to color combinations. I would have a pink bedroom if I could, better yet a pink dining room… I’m thinking my Spring Break might involve a little pink paint. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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