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Red and pink and white, colors associated with Valentine’s Day, evoke passion, desire, innocence and purity.

Who can resist a throbbing red heart from your sweetie? It is deep, it is unsaturated, raw and primal. It speaks to the first instincts we as humans learn to alchemize as we mature. Survival, desire and possession. MINE! At least the valentine has evolved enough to ask the object of one’s desire to ‘Be Mine’. Or is that a command?

The physiological and universal communication of a purly saturated hue, is diluted in its intesity with the addition of white. A color that is reflective of purity, clean and unblemished.  The white bridal gown has been a symbol of this, the Easter Lily, a symbol of resurrection and becoming clean; bleach, a whitening agent, stripping away impurities. White, a color that incites caution, delicate, because it can so easily be defiled. So, to the intensitly of the vibrant blood red of life in its basic raw form, we add white, softening its effects and creating a whole new child color-Pink.

Pink is the only child color that has its own identity from its parent, Red. All others are merely dulutions of the parent hue. They carry the same psychological universal communication as their fully saturated counterpart. The addition of white only softens its message.

Pink, creates a whole new conversation in its cultural connotations with the feminine, although, it is becoming more accepted in masculine applications, pink shirts for men, intense shocking pink in sports gear and equipment. Maybe it is reaching an enlightened status of the Divine Feminine, a quality that is inherent in every polarity wether male or female, the yin within the yang.

More intense pink, paired with texture, creates a completely different message. Think of a deep pink silk charmuese, a glamorous and seductive color. Paired with metallic silver or gold, it can depict decadance and indulgence, falling prey to ones desires. Add the a sparkle of glass, glitter or better yet diamonds and you have an unobtainable or sustainable desire, that is less conquering than Red.

Add Black to red and the achievement is one of mystery, the passion is stil there, it is shrouded in secrecy. Because of the lure of its depth, it has great longevity in a palette. The Burgundy hue that is produced is grounding, of the earth, like the wine and region that bears its name. It is a wonderful color with earthy tones, nuetrals and the like.

Sometimes this burgundy can be oppressive, so the addition of white, creates a tone. A nuetral, which has become almost a dirty word in the world. Mauve- is a dirty pink. Mauve is a color that inherently is a comfortable and soothing color. Because of its neutrality, it really is complimented by many other hues. It is the overuse of the color in the eighties that makes it a color that has many emotional strings attached. Revisit mauve, with other accomplices, lavender, mint, cobalt, chocolate or apricot, avoid smoky grey blue, unless you want your space to be a blast from the past that hasn’t quite achieved vintage status yet.

When working with a palette where the Red is dominant or an accent, using the other variations to add a bit of seduction, mystery or innocence will create a subtle and integrated message, the yin within the yang.