It’s a generally accepted fact that different colors “mean” different things, whether because of the emotions they evoke, their roles in history or their origins of development if not natural members of the ROY G. BIV club.
Colors can make the brain light up with all kinds of different sensations, which means a particular color scheme can have a potentially dramatic impact on a person. Paint, wallpaper, furniture décor – color (and color coordination) matters when it comes to these types of things, at least in terms of the subtle messages they convey to observers.
Some meanings might seem like no-brainers, and most of them are because you already naturally interpret them a certain way, but to color the record in black and white, so to speak, we’ve listed some popular colors and the emotions they most often trigger.
Often associated with anger, aggression and passion, red is a color that comes with a reputation. In many parts of the world, it’s also associated with caution or the command to stop, which reinforces its arresting quality. Arguably the most visually intense primary color, many designers recommend using it sparingly – unless your goal is to attract direct attention.
<em>Common associations</em>: Sports cars, fire engines, hearts and stop signs.
Blue is the color of peace and tranquility, but its bolder side is often associated with wisdom, truth and power – as in royal blue. From a scientific standpoint, it’s interesting to note that blue can suppress the appetite, while simultaneously evoking feelings of cleanliness and purity. One could argue this makes blue contradictory, but in fact it enjoys broad appeal and is widely considered to be the most popular color in the world.
<em>Common associations</em>: Sky, water, air and suits or other clothing.
For some it’s the color of nature and for others it’s the color of money – two things that are most assuredly opposed, at least philosophically. Despite its disparate symbolic forms, green is believed to have a calming effect due to its close associations with life, health and natural vitality. One shade off, however, and it can quickly connote illness or rot.
<em>Common associations</em>: Trees, grass, money and organic foodstuffs.
For many, it’s yellow and not green that evokes feelings of sickness, but the more prominent emotional interpretation is of joy and happiness. Thought to make people chatty, yellow is a color often used to brighten up conversation areas and other places designated for joyful occasions, like a baby’s room or reception space.
<em>Common associations</em>: The sun, flowers, taxicabs and light.
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