Does pink ever go out of style? I do not believe it ever does.   It will always have years in which you see it more often than previously, but it is always a traditional favorite.

This year, pastel pinks are showing up everywhere. I am seeing more soft pink painted furniture and accessories being used in home décor and design. While it may be too bold to use on a large piece in some homes, almost everyone can utilize it in small amounts. A picture frame or an accent table to pull out the pink in the new throw pillows you recently purchased is a easy way to update the look of your home.

This week, I decided to lighten up our Minnesota Pink Lady’s Slipper. “Minnie” is not a reserved pink. She is daring, confident, and wants everyone to take notice of  her. After all, she is named after the state flower in Minnesota, and given the long winters that Minnesota has, no wonder they chose such a bold flower to represent their wonderful state.


If you pair Minnie with one of her paler cousins, she quickly calms down to soothing pastel pink tints. I thought I would share with you the different colors of light pink you can achieve by using the three whites in our palette.   For each of the colors, I mixed four parts of the white with one part of Minnesota Lady’s Slipper Pink.




Champaign Pink is the mixture of four parts Vintage White and one part Minnesota Lady’s Slipper Pink. The yellow undertones of Vintage White balance out Minnie’s blue undertones. It would pair well with pastel yellows or greens. The name is a play on the soft color of a rosé sparkling wine and is named after the city of Champaign, Il.


The lightest pink I made was Alliance Pink. To achieve this color I mixed four parts of Simply White with one part of Minnesota Lady’s Slipper Pink. Although it is slightly lighter than Champaign Pink, it is a bright pink that still shows the blue undertones. Alliance is named for the Carnation Capitol of the US – Alliance, OH.


When you lighten Minnesota Lady’s Slipper Pink with Dover White Wash you produce a beautiful cherry blossom pink that I call Magnificent Pink. Again, I used one part of Minnie and four parts of Dover White Wash. When you use our Dover White Wash to lighten a color, you get the truest lightened tint of the starting color because Dover White Wash has NO pigment in it and is translucent.


Why would I name it Magnificent Pink?   Go to our Facebook page and post a comment with your guess. You know I love to give away product, so the first correct answer will win a quart of each of the colors used to mix Magnificent Pink and a finish of your choice.

Three distinct soft pinks all made from Minnesota Lady’s Slipper Pink.   Which is your favorite? Let us know.


Champaign Pink: 4 parts Vintage White to 1 part Minnesota Lady’s Slipper Pink

Alliance Pink: 4 parts Simply White to 1 part Minnesota Lady’s Slipper Pink

Magnificent Pink: 4 parts Dover White Wash to 1 part Minnesota Lady’s Slipper Pink