Mar 26, 2021

COLOR TRENDS | Calming and hopeful Sakura Pink – full

The arrival of spring brings blossom – the inspiration behind our new colour of the month is petal pink: welcome cherry blossom sakura pink.

Blossom is one of the first signs that spring is well and truly on the way; a welcomed sight and delight after the frosty winter months. Cherry Blossom – from cloudy white to the pinker hues, these delicate blossoms are a joyful reminder of warmer days to come. 



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Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring and Japan’s unofficial national flower. A special flower for the people and the countryin Japan cherry blossoms are called Sakura. These pale blooms are a symbol of more than just spring – they stand for renewal and hope.

In colour psychology, pink is a sign of hope. Pink is a positive colour inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be ok. The colour calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger and resentment. Pink is a pale tint of red that is named after a flower of the same name. 






About the meaning of “sakura

As springtime begins, Japan waits for the first flushes of pink. The blooms burst into colour and kaleidoscopic cherry blossoms erupt all over the country, filling ornamental parks and framing city canals. Peak pink season is usually between late March and early April – however each year can vary. In SpringSakura blanket the Japanese landscape, painting the country with its gentle pink hue. Among the most popular and spectacular spring-flowering trees; flowering cherries with their froth masses of pink.

In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolise clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse. These flowers are one of the country’s most famous sights and are deeply rooted in Japanese culture. 

Cherry blossoms hold elevated status in China, signifying love and the female mystique (beauty, strength and sexuality), but nowhere in the world are the elusive flowers more cherished than in Japan, home to thousands of Sakura trees. As a traditional symbol of Japanese culture, Sakura is regularly used as a source of inspiration and permeates Japanese paintings, film, poetry and much more. The Sakura flower has continued to blossom in Japan since ancient times and it truly represents the Japanese spirit. You can even see the Sakura flower stamped onto the 100 zen coin.







This springtime bloom provides a seasonal spectacle however, it is short-lived: in one to two weeks blossoms fall quickly from the branches like snow or pretty confetti with the ebb and flow of the wind. This fleeting blossoming moment epitomises the unique sensitivity of the Japanese people that “all things will eventually pass” and their awareness of such impermanence. The meaning of cherry blossom in Japan runs deep, not just for its beauty, but for its enduring expression of life, death and renewal.

As flowers native to Asia, they can be found and enjoyed worldwide for the beautiful blooms, although nowhere is said to match Japan’s annual pandemonium of pink petals.

During this season in Japan, family and friends unite for a highly anticipated and celebrated custom known as “Hanami” which means “flower viewing” and is an opportunity to take in the beauty of flowers. Picnicking beneath cherry blossom trees is a Japanese tradition that can be traced back at least a thousand years. The blush-tinted blooms look beautiful by day against a blue sky but equally as lovely illuminated at night. The joy and grandeur of Hanami doesn’t end when the sun sets. With late-night picnics, known as “Yozakura” the floral appreciation can extend into night-time. Yozakura – a combination of the Japanese words for “night” (yoru) and “cherry blossom” (sakura). The lanterns and lights may be simple, just enough for the flowers to be seen in the dark, or fancy enough for the blossoms to give off an ethereal glow.





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More about the meaning of “sakura pink

Influenced by mindfulness and living in the present – Japanese cherry blossoms are a metaphor for human existence. Cherry blossoms remind us to pay attention. 

Celebrate Hamani wherever you are in the world and connect with nature to lift spirits, even just for a moment. Notice the calming effects of spring blossom – the very idea of spending time to focus on nature can improve your wellbeing. Research suggests that just 20 minutes could help improve your mood. As blossom begins to reappear to brighten up our new year, we are reminded that in an ever-changing world nature will always be a source of comfort for many of us. 


The colour pink is the colour of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony and inner peace. A delicate colour that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic and tenderness; is associated with bubble gum, flower blossoms, sweetness and cotton candy.





Starting from the meaning of pink and from Japanese sakura, our travel this month will take you to discover more about the Kawaii the culture of cuteness and kindness in Japan.  Kawaii is also the new revolution in design – one of the latest design trend which translates the feelings of ‘loveable’ ‘cute’, and ‘adorable’ , into a new soft and cute style. An important part of Japanese culture, it has made a leap into the world and is spreading everywhere. Some have called it “design for designers” while others see “a touch of psychology in this unbridled search for the light detail.” Emerging German graphic designer Tobias van Schneider went deeper, by saying that

“in this period of smart working: the soft colours and rounded shapes have started the hunt  for cute, dynamic simplicity without being too flashing but above all simple without being too minimal.”




KAWAII Rainbow moodboard ItalianBark





Elle Decor / Source The Koban Police Station


More about the pink color trend

We all remember about Millennial pink as one of the biggest color trends ever, started five years ago with the Pantone Rose Quartz color of the year ( do you remember this post? ) and become mainstream a couple of years ago. Millennial Pink took off as a design trend as it was the perfect Instagram-friendly color, so its popularity raised in parallel with the huge growth of the social media. Times are changed and it is very interesting to see how this color trend is shifting, from one side towards softer hues of pink, on the other sides to brighter ones recalling the Y2K pink aesthetics.

Starting from the concepts of holistic design and designing for well-being we explored last month, the choice went towards a very soft pink – well represented by the cherry blossom, and the Sakura aesthetics. 



Cherry blossom pink

Hex Color Code #ffb7c5

via / Colorhexa  – Source Encycolorpedia / Cherry blossom pink gradient 


Notable new pinks from Pantone


Pirouette is from the Spring/Summer 2021 Colour palette by Pantone: a transparent pink tint that adds a soft atmosphere to the colour palette, according to Pantone. 

“A range of floral hues reflective of gardens in springtime awakens our spirit, invigorating our interest in colour that inspires feelings of much needed optimism” Leatrice Elseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.  


Pirouette via / Spotted on the Catwalk source / Other Pantone Pinks 



Notable color paints inspired by sakura pink


Mylands  paint


Potters Pink & DH Blossom @duluxheritage



Designers Guild / Pinks  & Earth tones via  

Image via / Farrow & Ball pink paints via / Image via 


Pink paints from The Little Greene Paint Co. / Image
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Rosie Posie Earthborn paints



Bauwerk Colour pinks



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Via  / Fired Earth Orchard Pink 






No two pinks are the same and this can be said for Sakura Pink; from palest petal to blush pink. Words to describe shades of pink; rosy, dusty, sugary. So pick a pink that is perfect for you!

A lighter pink lends itself to softness, innocence, delicateness, nurturing and tranquility. Nowadays pink can be used as a so-called neutral and is an alternative to beige. The colour can be used alongside neutrals, it can also be paired with green or blue or springtime pastels. Combining pink with darker colours such as dark blue, dark green, black or grey, adds strength and sophistication. A stronger pink can be used as a signature style for interior designs, especially to create original concepts, shop designs, cool spaces designed to leave a mark.

The versatility of the colour pink means it can be used in just about every room: enjoy our gallery of inspiration and follow @italianbark to explore more. 








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Pink holiday home by KC Design Studio feature dedicated cat room via

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Source / Dulux


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