My favorite Summer Color Combo: Pink and Orange

When I was a kid I took “fashion class” in middle school and the teacher told us to never pair Orange with Pink. She told us they were clashing colors and I have a clear memory of her making us write in all capital letters; “NEVER WEAR ORANGE AND PINK TOGETHER”. Over the past few years orange and pink have been a very hot color trend. It’s taken me awhile to embrace the combo but I have finally put my childhood programming behind me and have grown to love the pairing.

An Orange and Pink room may not be in your future but a Summer table setting  is the perfect time to have some fun with this juicy and refreshing color combo. Here are a few of my favorites.

Pink and orange table setting


Orange and pink fabric runners with coordinating fruit and flowers would cheer up even the plainest of back yard picnic tables.

orange and pink table setting

via Belle Maison

This table setting is so simple yet inviting with orange and pink roses and coordinating napkins and drinks.

Cynthia Martyn Events

Cynthia Martyn Events

I love the above table styling by Cynthia Martyn Events. Wouldn’t this make the perfect Summer luncheon for a few girl friends?

Pink and orange home made table cloth


Here is a cute idea for a DIY orange and pink crate paper table cloth. Maybe a little time consuming but think of it as a giant lattice pie crust. 

pink and orange

image by Amorology

This hot pink tablecloth with orange napkins and pink ribbon table favors is so happy and fun.

pink and orange candy bar

via project nursery

And who wouldn’t love to visit this orange and pink candy bar at a baby shower or Birthday party.

Now to my 7th grade fashion class teacher…I have just one thing to say…YOU WERE WRONG!


OB-orange and pink fashion boardred

What do you think of Orange and Pink? Did you ever hear never put them together or was I the only one?

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9 Responses to My favorite Summer Color Combo: Pink and Orange
  1. Sheila Zeller Reply

    I grew up with that message – never put orange and pink together… or orange and red! It’s funny how these old ‘rules’ are being broken, one-by-one. I think there’s a lot of ‘Out with the old, in with the new’, and it’s refreshing. I mean, what’s not to love about the photos you’ve shared. Pure inspiration!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Sheila, glad to hear I’m not the only one who was told that. yes, I also heard never put red and orange together and that red heads should never wear red or orange. So many crazy old color rules out there being smashed one by one!

  2. Kelly Reply

    I love looking at tablescapes- these were great. The orange and pink look so fresh and fun together! I like the first photo is my favorite!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kelly, I am currently obsessed with the pairing.

  3. ChrisHilbert Reply

    Two of my all-time favorite pieces of clothing contained hot pink, orange, and yellow! The first was a summer shirt/shorts combo back in 1970 (13 years old)…I loved it and hated it when I outgrew it!

    The 2nd was my senior prom dress that I made….I still own it because I love the colors and one of these days I might need this gorgeous fabric for a different dress/skirt!

    I think pink and orange are vibrant, fun, and happy colors together!

    Thanks Linda for putting together some great visuals showing off an awesome color combo!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks for commenting Chris. Boy would I love to see that prom dress…sounds fabulous! I saved a colorful skirt that I wore in high school and one of these days plan to make a pillow out of it.

  4. Susan Kanoff Reply

    Of course I love the clothes! Orange and pink are fabulous together!

  5. stencil helen Reply

    No teacher ever gave me fashion or colour advice. Hot pink and orange is a favourite combo and I used it a lot at home in the 1980’s. I have orange (titian) hair and wear orange with red, green and pink….a lot. I think your teacher would despair of me. Loved the snorkel at St John’s story.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Helen. I doubt my teacher is still around but probably best you were never told the “rules”. I love the combination myself and I bet you look fabulous with your orange hair and colorful wardrobe.

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