Today I’m circling back to the on-going blog series Let’s add color “Exploring The Color Wheel”, where we will take a closer look at two of my favorite color combinations; pink and brown.

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Throughout this series, I’m looking at the various colors, primary, secondary and tertiary, what they signify and which colors look good together and why.

I will continue to talk about the use of the color wheel in my home décor with tablescapes, transitional vignettes, hutch design, and gardening.

One caveat, in the science of color, black and white are not colors, however in the interest of décor, and more importantly this blog – they are colors, will remain colors, and play a significant part in my decorating.



Take a closer look at the color wheel, and you will notice this interesting fact – that the color brown and pink are nowhere on it.



I must admit, after all the interior design classes, and working with color in and outside of my home, I never really thought about the fact that these two colors were not visually on the color wheel.

So, where are they???

Let’s dig in and find out.


The closest you come to brown is orange. Brown is created by taking orange a secondary color (which is made by mixing red and yellow) and mixing it with blue a primary color.

Therefore, because of this mixing of primary and secondary colors, brown is considered a tertiary color.


The color brown is called a tertiary color on the color wheel. That’s because you need two of the three primary colors, yellow and blue to create green.

Are you still with me? Good, now let’s look at pink



Pink is an enigma, some say it isn’t a color because it is absent from the visible electromagnetic spectrum and the rainbow.

Whew – that’s a mouthful!

But if you mix white and red together you get pink. And we can see pink with our eyes, right. So, I’m going with the majority here and stating that pink is a real color.


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Brown is an earthy neutral color that conveys strength and reliability.

There is a resilience and dependability to brown as well as the feeling of security. Brown can evoke feelings of warmth, comfort and safety.

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You see a lot of brown in nature,

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And the color is often described as down-to-earth and conservative, but it can also be sophisticated.

If your favorite color is brown, you are said to be honest, wholesome and a salt of the earth kind of person. Steady and reliable, genuine and sincere and quietly confident.


The color pink is associated with nurturing, sensitivity to the needs of others, feminine, tender, cute and playfulness. Pink is a charming color, romantic verses passionate.

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Scientifically, pink has been proven to have a strong calming effect on all of us, but because it’s a color associated with weakness, large doses can have the opposite effect and cause irritation.

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This color also represents the innocents of children. It suggests uncomplicated emotions and naivety.

Pink can mentally bring you back to childhood memories of a strong maternal figure in your life.


Like the color brown, pink is a natural occurrence in nature.

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During spring, I like to incorporate small amounts of the color pink into my décor. I usually combine it with the browns found in nature like this tiny bird’s nest.


However, when I saw these cute bunny plates in brown, I knew I had to have them for the home.

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The chocolate brown and cream in the plates are a beautiful contrast to the soft pinks.

I didn’t use a lot of either brown or pink in the hutch. There is only a small amount on each shelf to visual tie everything together.

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They are both warm colors that play nicely together. Brown stabilizes the pink you use in décor, making it seem less childlike.

You may have noticed that there is quite a bit of the neutral cream color in each photo. If you are leaning towards a pink and brown combo in the home, I would caution that you use large amounts of creamy white as a canvas for the brown and pink.

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As I write this post, I’m thinking back to the early 1990’s when pink and blue were really hot colors in the home. One of my sisters – you know who you are – hopped on board of the pink and blue train and painted her family room pink, Pepto-Bismol pink to be exact. 

And I threw caution to the wind and painted nearly every room in my place a soft peachy-pink color!

What about you?

Do you like the color pink or maybe brown?

How about the combination of both?

I’m not even going to ask if you like pepto-pink all over your walls…just not going there.

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Till next time,


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19 thoughts on “Let’s Add Pink & Brown”

May 8, 2019 at 7:01 am

Great, informative article, Rachelle! Can you tell me where you got the brown and cream bunny plates? They are adorable and would be perfect in our house. We live in a rural setting with lots of bunnies around! So happy to ha e found your blog! Blessings