A color palette is not complete if there is no pink color in it. Purchasing pink paint is easy but making your own pink paint is just as easy as that. Additionally, you will be able to obtain your preferred shade.

To make dusty pink paint, start with some of your favorite reds. Afterward, add white or dilute them. You will find a thorough explanation of how to make dusty pink paint in the next section. This article explains all you need to know concerning pink paint production, including other tips.

How to Make Dusty Pink Paint

How to Make Dusty Pink Paint

1) Select a Red Color

Since you are making dusty pink, you will need a regular red color. There are different red shades which I will explain. You can check the paragraph below to know more about other red shades.

Most regular red paint can be used to make pink paint. Each red produces a different pink shade. Therefore, you can try making different combinations till you find your desired shade. Common red colors possess general characteristics. The table below indicates each red type and its respective characteristics.

Cadmium RedProduces a slightly orangey pink
Scarlet LakeProduces very bright pink
Alizarin CrimsonProduces brilliant pinks that tend to have hints of purple and blue
Rose MadderA transparent color that can be used to produce thinner pink
QuinacridoneA nice hue for mixing with gray or blue to make pink tones. Produces a very bright pink
Naphthol RedAlso produces transparent pink that is very bright
Earth RedIt also includes Indian Red and Venetian Red. It can be used to produce natural-looking pink

2) Select a White Color

I recommend using Titanium White for your dusty pink paint. This is because not all whites are the same, so using any white might not give you your desired result. Titanium White is an opaque white. I wouldn’t advise you to use Transparent White like Zinc White. This is because it may only lighten the red without making a true pink.

3) Mix the Red & White

Get your palette ready and place some red and white paint on it. You can begin by adding just a bit of red to the white and mix. You may keep adding more red until you are satisfied with the look and result. Never try adding white to red since it will take more time and consume lots of paint.

4) Add a Complementary Color to the Mix to Tone it Down

Using a complementary color is necessary for making dusty pink paint. The complementary color helps tone down the pink and gives it a dusty look.

Color shades are technically created by adding black to a color. Nevertheless, many painters/handypersons find that using a complementary color instead of black produces better-looking colors. You may add a direct complementary color (green). Blue color can also create impressive results.

Note that whatever complementary color you choose in toning down your pink, ensure to start by adding just a little at a time to the pink. Also, mix it well until you get the dusty-looking paint.

Alternative Method of Making Dusty Pink Paint

You can also make dusty pink paint by following the steps below.

1) Choose a Base Color

  • There are many readily available watercolor hues that you can use to make beautiful pinks, amongst which is dusty pink paint. You may prefer to use these colors more or less. You can also thin them with water to obtain the shade you want. Examples of base colors you can use are,
  • Ruby Red
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Permanent Rose

2) Dilute your Base Color to give it a lighter Look

Watercolors work by enabling the white paper to reflect light through the transparent paint layers applied to them. To create a light pink which can be described as dusty pink, you must dilute the base color with adequate water to make the layer transparent.

  • Experiment by diluting your paint with various amounts of water on a tray before applying it to paper. It will give you a feel for the pink types you can create.
  • You can also thoroughly wet your paper first and afterward, apply a small red amount to make a pink wash.

3) Use an Alternate Color to Shade the Pink Paint

The tube colors should be perfect for areas of pink local color when you dilute it. To add shading, however, apply a wash of color such as cobalt blue over a pink layer. You can use an alternate color to make shading, rather than black, which will give in richer, more vibrant colors.

4) Use a Warm Color to Brighten the Pink to Create Dusty Pink

Applying an underwash of warm color before applying a pink layer will make the hue look warmer and brighter. You can use a yellow under-wash as it can be very effective.

5) Mix the Pink with Red to give the Color a Deeper Look

This step is more applicable if you want a deep pink rather than dusty pink. If your base color is not as rich as you prefer it to be, try using a deeper red. You can afterward, mix it with some of your pinks/rose red on your tray or palette. Once you are done mixing it, you can thin the mixture to your preferred saturation.

Note: You can also create dusty pink paint by mixing the colors: white, red, and beige. Dusty pink is often mistaken for pastel pink, although it looks quite different. How do these two differ? I will explain it.

  • Dusty pink looks dirty, while pastel pink looks bright, delicate, and clean. Dusty pink’s dirty look is a result of beige
  • Additionally, dusty pink is neither warm nor cool; a factor that makes it even more unique.

How to make Dark Pink Paint

The process of making dark pink paint is the same as dusty pink paint except that you add more red color to give it a dark look. Whenever you mix your red and white colors and you are not getting that dark pink look you want, add a more red color. It would also help if you toned the mixture down with a complementary color like blue or green. Add more red color when necessary.

How to Make Dusty Pink Paint

Tips for Obtaining the Pink Color/Shade

Asides from dusty pink paint, you can create other pink colors. You already know that a red and white combination makes pink. To create other pink hues, the following steps will help.

Tip One: Select a Hue

Hue refers to the colored pigment or pigment combinations without adding white or black. This is because white and black affect your color’s saturation. Hue is the element that makes the pure color.

Therefore if you prefer a warm pink shade, it’s best to start with a warm blue. This will have yellow or orange undertones. You can start with a cool red hue if you want to make a cool pink. These shades will have a blue, purple, or green undertone.

Tip Two: Consider Light & Darkness

The lightness or darkness of a color is known as its “value”. Typically, colors having lighter value feel lighter and easier, such as baby pink or dusty pink. Colors with lighter values contain more white colors. If you are trying to match a light pink color in a painting/drawing, I advise you to adjust the value to include a more white color.

In contrast to lighter values, darker values contain more black color and feel more threatening and intimidating. Eggplant and wine are two pink shades that depict moodiness. This means they have darker values that make them look moody. If you are targeting a darker, more vibrant pink shade creation, I recommend adjusting the values to include more black.

Tip Three: Adjust the Color Saturation

The color amount included in a hue relative to the amount of white or black colors is its “saturation”. Colors containing minimal white or black are more intense. Therefore, if you are aiming for a bright fuchsia or magenta, ensure to turn that saturation dial-up.

If you add excess white or black to a color, it becomes less saturated. Therefore, for a color like bubblegum pink, expect it to have a lower saturation.

What Colors Go with Dusty Pink Paint

Since light pink is unique, it matches all colors perfectly. The proportion between various shades is important. Some combinations are more popular than others. Below are several most popular options you can use for your interior design

  • Dusty Pink & White: This is a very classic combination that has been widely used for several years. It’s safe for individuals with no experience in home interior design. You can try using it in your bathroom, bedroom, and other rooms. Since this combination is neutral, it works basically in any interior regardless of its size and intended use
  • Dusty Pink & Gray: You can use light or dark gray. Dusty pink mixed with gray shades gives an interesting and attractive look. Additionally, this combination often uses natural wood. Thus, making the interior look cozier.
  • Dusty Pink & Gold: If you wish to create an interesting and elegant interior design I recommend combining dusty pink with gold. Dusty pink works perfectly with both copper-gold and classic gold. Using gold with dusty pink gives a stylish look.
  • Dusty Pink & Green: If you wish to create interiors that attract visitors’ attention right at the entrance, I recommend using duty pink and green. You can use any green shade such as emerald green, olive green, etc.
  • Dusty Pink & Blue Shades: Dusty pink with various blue shades look good, although needs proper care and assessment, as certain darker blue shades can look depressing in such a combination. You may use middle tones like Classic Blue.
  • Dusty Pink & Mustard Yellow: Dusty pink and mustard yellow is a perfect vintage style combination. Although such a combination is unthinkable for many, it gives an interesting look. This combination best suits individuals who like adventurous interiors.
  • Dusty Pink & Black/ Brown: Dusty pink looks attractive and pleasant with strong contrasting shades such as black or dark brown. It is an excellent combination both for a bedroom and the living room. However, ensure to balance the proportions between the colors to prevent the interior from looking too dark.
  • Dusty Pink & Purple: This unique combination is becoming more popular. However, if you are using this pair, it’s better to allow the dusty pink to dominate and include several purple accents.

What Textures go with Dusty Pink

When it comes to textures, dusty pink poses various options. The most common materials used in the interior with dusty pink include,

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Marble
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Stamped concrete

You can combine dusty pink with concrete for your living room. You can also combine it with glass to make your living room look entirely different and elegant. Combining dusty pink with wood can also be perfect for your living room and other rooms.

Dusty Pink Paint on the Wall

Dusty pink makes walls attractive. You can use it in various ways and it looks completely different in each case. The most popular being,

  • Dusty pink on each interior wall combined with furniture and accessories in various colors
  • Light pink shades on one of the walls as a background for decorations such as posters and pictures
  • Dusty pink on opposite walls, including some accessories

Do you know that dusty pink works perfectly in all interiors? Yes, it does. Therefore, you can use it in your bedroom, living room, or children’s room.

Dusty Pink Paint on Furniture

The dusty pink paint is excellent for furniture pieces and looks great on interior design. Using dusty pink on your living room seating makes them pleasing to the eyes. You may combine dusty pink with white color. If you have kids, you can use dusty pink for their beds, chairs, wardrobe, etc.


The dusty pink paint is easy to make and you can make different pink shades. When making dusty pink paint, it is essential to add white to the red and not vice versa. This is because you might not get the best results if you add red to white instead. You might end up with a messy or not-too-impressive result if you add red to the white.

When adding your white to red, begin by adding small quantities at a time and mixing. Continue adding the white till you obtain your desired pink shade. You can afterward, tone it down with a complementary color such as green or blue.

Note that complementary color usage is not compulsory, however, it might be necessary. This is because some handypersons prefer to use only red and white as it’s easy to mix just these two to obtain the preferred acrylic paint shade. The most important thing is to do what works for you and what you are comfortable with. Good luck with your next painting project!