While pink and orange are especially adored in nature (who can resist a glowing sunset or multicolor flower?), it turns out they’re not as favorable when it comes to interior design right now. According to a recent survey by the online interior design service Modsy, the bold colors are unfavorable because of our associations with them.
The findings come from Modsy’s first-ever Interior Wellness Report, which revealed more than a third (36 percent) of participants chose pink and orange as the colors they’re least likely to use in their homes. Unsurprisingly, the most popular colors were blue, white, and green (the latter of which has proven a nearly unanimous favorite as Color of the Year over the past few months).
And there are some very logical reasons for these preferences: “We associate orange with things that need our attention—traffic cones and construction signs—which can sometimes be overstimulating in a home,” Lindsay T. Graham, a social psychologist at UC Berkeley, said in a press release. And, after nearly two years spent doing everything at home, it’s little wonder we don’t want “things that need our attention” so front and center. Orange also feels strongly connected to certain time periods like the ‘70s and ‘80s, “so it might feel out of style to homeowners who may have seen it a lot at their grandparents’ houses,” Modsy’s vice president of style Alessandra Wood added.
Pink, meanwhile, “has become very gendered,” says Graham. “We’re conditioned to think of pink as denoting something demure and feminine, and that association is so strong that it feels like a big statement to use it in a space.”Pink is also often used in children’s spaces, so adults might hesitate to use it in their own rooms.
So, how can you incorporate pink and orange in a non-jarring way? Wood suggests using pops of pink in patterns that also feature greens and blues. For orange, try using a pop of the color in a more modern design scheme or even a coastal atmosphere.