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What color is rose red?

Rose red is a soft, pinkish shade of red. The rose red hex code is #FF033E.

To make rose red, you’ll need red, blue and white paint. Start with a red base and mix in a very small amount of blue to reach a purplish color. From there, add in a little bit of white paint, which will lighten the shade to create rose red’s soft hue.

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What is the difference between rose and pink?

Rose is a shade of red, not a pink.

Because it sits between red and pink on the color wheel, rose looks like a mix of both colors – but it’s actually closer to red than it is pink. Aesthetically, rose red is darker than most pinks and might be seen as less overtly feminine.

The two hues are also considered different colors on the hex color chart used by web designers and developers, where pink has the hex code #FFC0CB.

Shades of pink that are similar in appearance to rose red include dusty rose and rose quartz.

The history of rose red

“Rose” was first used as a color name in 1382. It gets its name from the typical shade of rose flowers.

In Catholicism, rose colored garments are worn by priests on Gaudete Sunday, which is the third Sunday of the Advent. This had led the holy day to be nicknamed “Rose Sunday”.

What rose red means

Because of its connection to rose flowers, which are typically given on Valentine’s Day, rose red is seen as the shade of love and romance. It can also be linked with femininity, but less overtly so than pink.

It can also be the color of optimism. If you see the world through “rose colored glasses”, it means you’re viewing things in a positive light – perhaps unrealistically so. In the 1978 John Conlee song ‘Rose Colored Glasses’, the narrator deludes himself into thinking his relationship is worth staying in. Kelly Rowland explored similar themes on her 2011 song of the same name.

Rose red is a shade of red, a color is associated with intensity. Anger, energy, passion and danger are all connected with red, however rose’s softer tone means it is less likely to make that impression.

How to use rose red

As it is a meeting point between red and pink, rose red can be a great alternative to both of those colors. You might like to use it as a calmer substitute for pure red, or a more mature option than pink. It’s also an obvious choice for anything to do with romance.

Rose red can work beautifully as an accent color in interior design and can easily add a sense of luxury to a space. It’s also an enduringly popular shade in clothing and lipstick, as it tends to suit most skin tones.

Like all reds, rose red is believed to increase appetite, raise blood pressure and boost adrenaline. That’s why you’ll commonly see it on restaurant logos and menus.

What colors go with rose red?

Rose red is a vibrant, eye-catching color. It looks great alongside shades of green, like spring green, which is its complementary color on the color wheel. For a design relating to love or romance, you might like to pair rose red with soft shades of pink. The colors that pair well with rose red include:

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