There’s something about the color pink that makes me feel calm. I think it’s because I often associate it with the cherry blossoms, which look almost like pink clouds on land. When I think about pink, I think about softness and beauty, two qualities exemplified by the delicate nature of the cherry blossom. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces

Cherry Blossom Pink for Bedrooms

Shades of pink are perfect for bedrooms or personal, quiet spaces. It’s ideal for inducing serenity in an intimate space where you can simply lie down, meditate, or relax. I can also imagine it being used in nurseries for babies (yes, that includes male babies), as the color also emanates a sense of innocence and joy. 

While the color pink is traditionally “feminine,” I don’t believe that colors should be segregated by gender, as they evoke pure emotion, which are human traits that transcend our physicality. Don’t be afraid to use pink if the color speaks to you, since your choice of colors must be something that resonates with you from within.

Cherry Blossoms in Early Spring

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Sakura at Tenjin Central Park

The sakura, otherwise known as the cherry blossom, is widely regarded as a symbol for Japan, and in Japan, the sakura is a cultural emblem that signifies the beginning of spring. The image of the sakura is deeply rooted into their culture, and has pervaded the arts and pop culture as well. They are also metaphorical for life and mortality due to their impermanence. 

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A path lined with cherry blossoms at Uminokamichi

I was in Fukuoka this year during the peak of the cherry blossom season, and I was lucky enough to witness the trees in full bloom scattered throughout the city. The cherry blossoms only bloom during a very specific time of the year, and they easily disappear within a week or two. The experience was absolutely magical, especially when you walk through paths and fields lined with the blossoming trees while petals softly rain down on you.  

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Cherry blossoms with a view of the city from atop the Fukuoka Castle Ruins

There are various varieties of cherry blossoms in Japan, each having their own distinct flower and their own blooming season. All of them bloom during spring, but the ones I’ve seen are the ones that bloom early, since I visited Japan in March. Other varieties of sakura come in shades of yellow and dark red, and some even have hundreds of petals on a single blossom, but these usually bloom in mid or late spring. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Ukon, the yellow variety (c) Wikimedia
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Hikanzakura, a dark pink, bell-shaped variety (c) Wikimedia
Kikuzakura, which can have as many as a hundred petals per flower (c) Wikimedia

The most common ones I’ve seen in Fukuoka are the ones with a light pink shade. It is most likely the yamazakura variety, which is characterized by its light pink flowers with five petals accompanied by young leaves that develop at the same time as the flowers. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Yamazakura

Another common variety is the somei yoshino, which has very light pink flowers that are almost on the verge of white. Unlike the yamazakura, this variety rarely has leaves during the blooming season. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Somei Yoshino

The kawazuzakura was a rarer sight than the previous two, but stand out among the groves of cherry blossom trees due to their darker shade. Unlike the yamazakura and the somei yoshino which both have five petals, some varieties of kawazuzakura (such as the one below) have more than five, and are classified as “yaezakura.”

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Kawazuzakura

There’s something very surreal about seeing clusters of cherry blossoms blooming altogether, as if you were in an alluring dream that you wouldn’t want to wake up from. It’s a magical experience that everyone should try experiencing at least once in Japan. 

Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin” (1994) under a cherry blossom tree
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
A cherry blossom tree and a torii gate in Dazaifu
Cherry Blossom Pink as Color Inspiration for Personal Spaces
A walking path in Uminokamichi

Other Blog Posts on Pink Rooms

The blog has articles that talk about the color pink. Read the following for more inspiration about this pale, light and warm color —

A Room of My Own: Designing a Room from Scratch
A Girly-Girl’s Blush Pink for an Ultra-Feminine Bedroom

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Kai Lauridsen
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Kai is a university student who loves travelling and learning about new cultures. His interests lie in the visual arts such as film, photography, and design. He also practices ashtanga yoga.

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