Just imagine how this world would be without colors or better still imagine yourself living in a world that is only in black and white. Would life be as beautiful, enjoyable and splendid as how it is now with regards to color? The beautiful blue sky would lose its unique color, treesand flowers their splendid colors just to name a few. Our behavior towards a lot of things that control our present lives would not exist. No it wouldn’t, color affects us both physiologically and psychologically that impacts on our lives greatly both consciously and unconsciously.
Color from ever since has been used to shape and define our lives, our habits, our values, and our feelings. Thecolors we chose to wear, to decorate our homes, our gardens, and so on gives us a personal insight about what is going on inside our innermost feelings and emotions. Even the food we eat, the color is taken into account by food industries and advertising companies when packaging and marketing their products. For example, how many of us would find a green drink appealing? We usually associate thiscolor with a poisonous substance.
Color is a silent language that we all react to based on whether it is a behavioral response or a learned response. For example, our color preferences that we have is based on our experience of past events in our daily social life. This would be a learned response. While on the other hand, a behavioral response happens naturally without us being aware of it.For example, the color red can heighten our perception of danger just by seeing it - the color of blood.
Color symbolism can vary dramatically between various cultures around the world that perceive colors completely different. For example, unlike Western cultures, the Chinese use white instead of black during funerals. Why you might ask? This is due to the fact that they associate white with thewinter time in which nature is dead. Color is also associated with different religious and spiritual meanings in various cultures. Thus, this article will mostly cover the meaning of colors in the Western world however, if it is possible, a note will be made of its meaning in different cultures.
Excitement, energy, passion, desire, movement, speed, strength, health, good fortune, vigor,power, heat, love, all things intense and passionate.
Negative: aggression, danger, fire, blood, war, violence, lust, stop, revolution, overwhelming and agitated.
Some Cultures :
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 withgreen, Valentines Day when combined with pink, indicates stop (danger) at traffic lights.
Eastern cultures - signifies joy when combined with white.
Holiday: Yule (Christmas)
Joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, cheerful, laughter gold, philosophy, caution, brightness, intelligence,knowledge, learning, concentration, persuasion, charm, confidence, creativity, happiness, organization and Spring time.
Negative: dishonesty, cowardice, betrayal, jealousy, covetousness, deceit, illness, hazard, criticism, laziness, or cynicism.
*Note: said that too much causes babies to cry and tempers to flare. Also, speeds up metabolism and creativity increases sales.
Some Cultures :Asia - sacred, imperial.
Western cultures - joy, happiness.
Astrological: Gemini, Leo
Peace, tranquility, calm, devotion, sincerity, honor, steadfast, dependable, loyal, productive, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, spirituality, intuition, inspiration, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, loyalty, sky, water,...