What color does Pink & Yellow make?
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Pink and yellow - two happy colors that evoke a warm and cozy feeling. But what do you get when you mix them together?
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Pink & Yellow: An Introduction

What comes to your mind when you think of pink and yellow? For us, both these colors bring joy and happiness. While pink is much softer than yellow, it brings the same feeling of happiness that yellow does. And when you mix both these joyful colors, you get another blissful and lively color!

Mixing yellow and pink will give you an orange that closely resembles peach. By mixing more yellow, the intensity of the resulting hue could be increased. While adding more pink would make the obtained orange much softer.

1. Understanding the Color Wheel & Color Theory

Pink and yellow are both warm colors.

Pink is obtained by mixing white with red. And red and yellow are both primary colors.

Color is called ‘primary’ when it cannot be created by mixing other colors. All in all, there are only three primary colors - red, yellow, and blue. While pink itself isn’t primary, it is created by mixing white with the primary color red. So basically, pink is the ‘tint’ of red. 

Here is everything you need to know about tints, tones and shades:

  1. Tints: When you mix any color with ‘white’, you get the ‘tint’ of that color.
  2. Tones: When you mix any color with ‘grey’, you get the ‘tone’ of that color.
  3. Shades: When you mix any color with ‘black’, you get the ‘shade’ of that color.

So now you must be wondering, what type of color is orange exactly? Well, since you’re getting a version of orange that is derived from red and yellow, it is a secondary color. You get a secondary color by mixing any two primary colors.

Color wheel featuring both warm and cool primary and secondary colors

2. Making various Orange hues with Pink and Yellow

You can get many orange hues by changing the amount of pink and yellow being mixed.

Texture of pink and yellow paint

So you have a beautiful orange hue by mixing pink and yellow. But it’s not enough, you want to have a wider range of orange colors. And it’s simple to do that - just keeping adding various yellow and orange colors to the mix. You can also play around with the tonal values - adding white, grey, and black to get many tints, tones, and shades.

What happens if you add more yellow?

If you mix more yellow than pink, the resulting orange hue would appear brighter. It could also appear more saturated, depending on the hue and tonal value of the yellow. 

By changing the yellow you’re using, you could have an entirely different orange hue altogether.

  1. Yellow ochre
  2. Lemon yellow
  3. Cadmium yellow

What happens if you add more pink?

By mixing more pink to orange, the color would have a reddish tint. 

If you want to experiment with different pink hues, try adding white to every one of these red colors:

  1. Alizarin crimson
  2. Cadmium red
  3. Scarlet

3. What is the color psychology of Orange?

An orange made with pink and yellow would have the effects of peach.

Pink-orange clouds

An orange that is created by mixing yellow and pink would feel more soothing compared to the one created with yellow and red. Pink is all about intuition, warmth, romance, and kindness. So an orange color with pinkish tints would provide a nurturing and comforting environment. Keep in mind though that this is only the case when pink and yellow are mixed in equal amounts.

If the yellow is greater in proportion, then the orange would appear brighter and more saturated. It will also have more side effects of yellow, which means it would instill inspiration, amusement, clarification, and energy.

Positive Traits Negative Traits
Creative Immaturity
Spontaneous Egotism
Soft  Caution
Affectionate Deception

4. How can I use Orange in painting?

Alter the pink tints to get blushing orange hues!

Blended pink and orange light texture

A peach-like orange makes a great base for lighter skin tones.

For using orange successfully in paintings, it’s important to handle the saturation. Orange can appear very bright, so it’s best to combine it with its complementary color blue for a darker shade. Since pink is already a light color, you could add more white to it to give a pastel look to your orange hue.

The peach-like pinkish orange is a great color for creating streaky sunrise and sunset effects.

If you’re looking for a unique shade of orange paint, we suggest getting this pumpkin orange hue .

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint

This pumpkin orange acrylic paint will keep you going for all sorts of art and craft projects.

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5. How can I use Orange in drawing?

Use the peach-like orange to add highlights.

Light pink orange or peach color with slightly grainy texture

The lightest value of peach-orange could be used to add highlights on top of any color.

Sometimes, using white in drawing media could be difficult over other colors. With the softest and lightest value of peach-orange, you could easily show reflections of light, without making it appear too luminous or bright.


using peach-orange in pastels

For pastel artwork, put down layers of darker oranges first. You can go over them with highlights from light pinkish-orange. At most, use only two pastel colors at the same time. 

If you’re looking for some highly pigmented orange pastels, look no further than this pack of 5 Rembrandt professional pastel sticks .

Rembrandt Professional Pastel Sticks

This set of 5 pastels has highly pigmented bright oranges.

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6. How can I use Orange in design?

Orange can promote a creative environment in any space.

Contrasting elements of light pinkish-orange in a landscape

The peach-like orange is a great choice for playful and feminine rooms.

When you add orange to a space, it promotes creativity and fun. These two basic effects make it a great choice for workspaces and even game rooms. 

For making best use of orange in your design spaces, follow these tips:

  1. For a glamorous touch, place some silver or gold decor pieces in different spots.
  2. Incorporate neutral colors like brown and grey into the space. These hues don’t have to be in the form of paint, you could even add brown or grey wood if you wish.
  3. Add different pink and orange hues to create a monochromatic scheme. 

7. Some commonly used orange hues

There are many common orange hues with pinkish tints.

Some pinkish and yellowish orange hues


So when you mix pink and yellow, you get a beautiful orange that looks like peach. It’s the kind of orange you could see in the form of streaks in the sky during the time of sunset and sunrise. Therefore, it has a very warm and cozy feeling to it that could make any space happier, warmer and more welcoming. Although pinkish orange is usually light, you can always go brighter or darker by adding more white, grey and black to the mix. 

Eager to learn more about color mixing? Then you would also enjoy reading about mixing green and brown!

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The Navarro-Rubios

My husband and I are learning how to draw and paint. We wanted to share this learning process with the world and have fun! That's why we created this blog. We'll have drawing contests every week and you'll decide who won that week! Follow along and learn with us!

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Jimena & Iñigo

The Navarro-Rubios

My husband and I are learning how to draw and paint. We wanted to share this learning process with the world and have fun! That's why we created this blog. We'll have drawing contests every week and you'll decide who won that week! Follow along and learn with us!



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