Jul 16, 2009

The Meaning of Color

Color has many different meanings. It is thought that bright colors make one happy and help release tension and stress. That White, Pinks, Brown and Blues are calming colors to sooth you and great colors for ones bedroom. This is not scientific and is not in anyway medical advise. This post is just for education purposes only and fun.

Color Symbolism Chart

Red - Excitement, energy, passion, desire, speed, strength, power, heat, love, aggression, danger, fire, blood, war, violence, aggression, all things intense and passionate.

Yellow - Joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold, philosophy, dishonesty, cowardice, betrayal, jealousy, covetousness, deceit, illness, hazard.

Blue - Peace, tranquility, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, loyalty, sky, water, cold, technology, depression, appetite suppressant.

Orange - Energy, balance, warmth, enthusiasm, vibrant, expansive, flamboyant, demanding of attention.

Green - Nature, environment, healthy, good luck, renewal, youth, vigor, spring, generosity, fertility, jealousy, inexperience, envy, misfortune.

Purple - Royalty, spirituality, nobility, ceremony, mysterious, transformation, wisdom, enlightenment, cruelty, arrogance, mourning.

Gray - Security, reliability, intelligence, staid, modesty, dignity, maturity, solid, conservative, practical, old age, sadness, boring.

Brown - Earth, hearth, home, outdoors, reliability, endurance, stability, simplicity, and comfort.

White - Reverence, purity, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, humility, precision, innocence, youth, birth, winter, snow, good, sterility, marriage (Western cultures), death (Eastern cultures), cold, clinical, sterile.

Black - Power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery, fear, evil, anonymity, unhappiness, depth, style, sadness, remorse, anger, underground, good technical color, mourning, death (Western cultures).


Color Symbolism by Culture
(This chart contains information on the cultural symbolism of various colors)

China - symbol of celebration and luck, used in many cultural ceremonies that range from funerals to weddings.
India - color of purity (used in wedding outfits).
United States - Christmas color when combined with green, Valentines Day when combined with pink, indicates stop (danger) at traffic lights.
Eastern cultures - signifies joy when combined with white.

Asia - sacred, imperial.
Western cultures - joy, happiness.

China - associated with immortality.
Colombia - associated with soap.
Hindus - the color of Krishna.
Jews - holiness.Middle East - protective color.
*Note: Blue is often considered to be the safest global color.

China - studies indicate this is not a good color choice for packaging, green hats mean a man's wife is cheating on him.
France - studies indicate this is not a good color choice for packaging.
India - the color of Islam.
Ireland - religious significance (Catholic).
Some tropical countries - associated with danger
United States - indicates go (safe) at traffic lights, environmental awareness, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas color (red and green).

PurpleWestern cultures - royalty.

Brown Colombia - discourages sales.

Hindu - sacred color. (orangish peach color)

Korea - trust.
United States - spring, Easter; pale blue (baby blue) stands for an infant boy; pale pink stands for an infant girl.