Here are 5 pink colour palettes you can use for your next contemporary abstract painting, art commission or interior decor project.

This blog post is intended for aspiring artists, interior decor stylists and hobbyists .

Don’t scour the internet in search of inspiration for hours on end. And if colour generators become all too confusing and complicated, leaving you overwhelmed with choices, I invite you to try these.

Today, I’m giving you my top 5 picks for pink colour palettes to use in your next art project or commission. Not only are they versatile and easy to interchange with other colours, but I’ve used a couple of them in my own works as well.

So, highly recommend it and encourage you to read on.

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5 Pink colour palettes:

1. Retro Pink Colour Palettes

Retro Nouveau Collection #001 © 2023

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This colour palette was inspired by a digital painting created for the Retro Nouveau collection.

The colours are reminiscent of retro posters and have a nostalgic and stylish ‘older’ feel. It reminds one of old graphic posters from the Art Nouveau period.

The colours range from dark rose pink that is almost ‘powdery‘, to fleshy tones and a kind of milky pink that could act as a white.

This palette can be used for an artwork that evokes some nostalgic vibes or better – as seen in the textural, grainy qualities in this example – a hand printed artwork using traditional screen printing or hand printmaking technique.

Printmaking is quite forgiving with dusty pink colours because when the ink is absorbed into thick porous paper, the result can be quite effective as the colours go darker, but for these types of pink it actually makes it look better. The ‘muddy’ colour works in its favour.

You can build this palette out with a secondary colour palette and add an accent one too.

An accent colour palette consists of one or up to three colours that are visibly contrasting. It’s used minimally, basically as splashes of colour here and there to add interest and balance out the overall effect of the other monochromatic palettes underneath it.

Over and above that, you can even throw in some Black as I’ve done in this example.

For interior decor inspo, here are some products inspired by this pink colour palette.

So, go ahead and incorporate these into your next home decor styling project, and build out your perfectly retro pink aesthetic.

Plush Pink Cushion

2. Dusty Pink Colour Palettes

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This colour is inspired by old world charm and vintage wallpaper in interiors.

It’s got the old-world pattern vibes of a William Morris wallpaper as well as the feminine, girly, yet sophisticated charm of a sedate boudoir with beautiful wooden dressing table et al.

Picture soft, cherry blossom flower leaf shapes and sprinkles of fall / autumn leaves, or the cosy interior of your grandmother’s bedroom.

This palette captures the nostalgic charm of a feminine vintage wardrobe and all the soft clothing inside it.

You can use this colour palette for anything from imitating vintage prints or perhaps the colour palette for a landscape of flowers and natural elements.

Or, how about a styled still life of a vase or bowl of fruit or peonies interpreted in a more somber and nostalgic tone?

Either way, think of it as pretty, feminine and sedate.

For interiors, this subdued colour palette works equally well when applied to wallpaper in a flower pattern or design.

And it works wonderfully as a palette that plays second fiddle to pops of vibrant colour – perhaps a splash of magenta in a small table lampshade… for a dopamine décor fix.

3. Hot Pink Colour Palettes

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Don’t be shy to incorporate this into your Fall/Autumn décor, design or painting palettes.

Hot pink, which can feel on the cool side of the colour spectrum, is actually a red. So, it naturally has some warmth to it.

For extra ‘spice’, add Ochre, Cadmium or Pumpkin oranges to it to up the ante on the heat of your décor or painting palette.

If your project calls for something reserved or traditional, be daring and add tiny specks of hot pinks in any shade or weighting, but place it strategically.

For example, splatter hot pink splashes over an almost complete painting to add that final ‘touch’.

Or add strategically placed, small décor objects in shocking pink to your decor design.

The best quality about hot pink is that it has a way of adding something sexy to a colour palette. And it’s a safe way of adding something ‘edgy’ to an overall design or narrative too.

Here are products to inspire your decor projects using hot pink. Or perhaps include these in a still life art project.

4. Pastel Pink Colour Palette

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These pinks are truly timeless.

Not everyone’s favourite, though I was quite surprised to see them as the colour choice for a very famous mens’ football team.

It just shows you how much appeal this colour has irrespective of context and it’s innovative interpretations are always inspiring.

Pastel Pink colour palettes usually remind me of a kids’s room, a baby nursery or a very
girly boudoir. Or more appropriately, the colour scheme of a chic urban patisserie.

And then there’s the ubiquitous comparison to the French Macaron!

Either way, at some stage, whether as a designer, artist or décor stylist, you would have experimented with such a colour palette.

But, if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?

Here’s a pastel pink colour palette to get you started.

The soft, versatile colours are brilliant to have on hand as they can easily act as
‘white’ or neutral fillers for areas of a painting that need to recede or play second fiddle to white highlights.

Or, more aptly, you can use them just as you would natural or light cream colour as highlights too, when pure, opaque white becomes too hard.

For décor, it’s the ultimate playful ingredient in an interiors palette.

It can work well for furniture design, wallpaper as well as whimsical kitchen design.

Think retro-style kitchen appliances. How about a pink Smeg® oven!

5. Dopamine Pink Colour Palettes

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This décor trend has to be my absolute favourite of all colour inspiration.

I usually pin like crazy to my Dopamine Décor Pinterest board. So, if you’re a fan too, do have a look at it here for more visual candy and inspo for your creative projects.

These colours are designed to induce happy feelings and has been known to improve cognitive function*.

Definitely visual therapy for the soul. if you can handle it.

The colours are intense and not for the faint-hearted.

But, there are alternatives to the onslaught of bold colour if it becomes a little too much for you.

In between all that, there are colours, a lot calmer yet still exuding a vibrancy that is so good for the soul and the mind. So, don’t hesitate to calm it down with some tints or add hues from one of the other palettes.

This palette is close to the Hot Pink colour palette, but the candy-like, playful quality would work equally well with the Pastel pinks above.

Think intense pink velvet ottomans or a fluffy pink rug resting underneath a gold-rimmed glass coffee table.

Or, how about a life-sized, wall art installation with bold.graphic shapes of
Rhodamine Red or Pomegranate colour.

This is a visually striking and fun palette to work with and what’s more, it’s clean.
The colours are ‘pure’ and work well when applied in that an opaque manner.

I usually associate Gouache paint with this type of palette as opposed to watercolour or oil.

It feels like it deserves that opaque, bold treatment yet the colour must feel solid and pure.

So, best not to mix it with blacks. It still – because it’s a dopamine-inspired palette – needs to induce feelings of positive emotion.

Below are a few products that really encapsulate the essence of the dopamine colour trend.

It’s a trend for those with lots of personality and a fearless spirit!


I hope you enjoyed this injection of colour therapy.

Whether you’re a visual artist, designer or interior décor stylist, these pink colour palettes are as relevant today as they were through the design decades.

You can turn to any art or design movement to find these colours interpreted and applied to a myriad of surfaces. Because that’s what we’re all doing anyway, aren’t we? Applying colour to surfaces as a means of expression.

Our specific professions do not dictate our use of colour palettes, it is merely job or commission specific.

But, here’s the rub, doing a little research into how colour palettes are interpreted and configured will give you inspiration to add a creative twist to your work whether it’s two- or three dimensional.

Pink colour palettes are a good example for experimentation as these are such a pleasure to work.

It really is good for the soul, so look for an excuse to play around with the colour generator and generate some more pink hues to work with in your next art or decor project.

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