The meaning of the color Rose Gold and color combinations to inspire your next design.
Rose gold is a soft, golden-tinged shade of pink. The rose gold color code is #B76E79.
Rose gold is best known as a type of metal used in everything from engagement rings to iPhones. But it’s a color as well—the popularity of the metal means the name “rose gold” is now used to describe anything in a similar shade of pale pink.
The metal known as rose gold is actually a gold-copper alloy, meaning it is a combination of the two metals. The more copper the alloy contains, the redder it will look—a true rose gold contains 75 percent gold, 22.25 percent copper and a small amount of silver.
As for how to make rose gold paint? You could combine gold, silver and red paint to create rose gold’s warm, metallic hue. But mixing red and white will also give you a similar shade.
Rose gold is a relatively new color. The metal dates back to late 19th century Russia, when jeweller Carl Fabergé (famed for creating the ornate decorative eggs known as ‘Fabergé eggs’) blended yellow gold with copper to create the blush-hued hybrid. The metal’s origins means it was originally known as “Russian gold” but that name has now fallen out of use.
Throughout the 1920s rose gold was a fashionable choice in jewelry after brands like Cartier featured it prominently in their lines. Cartier’s now-iconic ‘Trinity Ring’, a band featuring the pinkish metal, was first released in 1924 and is credited with bringing rose gold to the mainstream.
Rose gold has seen a huge surge in popularity since 2015, when Apple released an iPhone in the shade. Similar soft pinks, such as the color known colloquially as “millennial pink”, also became prominent in fashion and design around this time. Today, rose gold’s appeal is broad—it now features on everything from kitchen appliances to cars.
As a color rose gold communicates luxury, thanks to its association with the precious metal and common use in jewelry. Gold is a marker of wealth, so rose gold is often associated with style, elegance and affluence.
Rose gold’s soft hue can also appear romantic, refined and composed. While it is a shade of pink, a color typically considered feminine, rose gold has often been described as a “gender neutral” hue.
In color psychology, rose gold is through to create a sense of calm and alleviate anger.
Less dainty than pink and less gaudy than gold, rose gold can be a great alternative to more dramatic shades. Many now consider rose gold to be a neutral tone, one that’s flattering to most skin tones and can be paired with a wide range of colors.
Its associations with wealth and refinement make it an obvious choice for those looking to communicate a sense of luxury, but it can also work well for romantic occasions like wedding invitations. In interior design, rose gold appears warm and inviting.
For a feminine palette, use rose gold together with white or cream. The hue also looks great alongside lilac, next to other shades of soft pink or used with complementary blue-green shades like teal. It even pops next to a soft grey or smokey blue. The colors that pair well with rose gold include:
Looking for a different hue? The following colors are related to rose gold.
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