Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Color Continued

On today’s color segment I am going to spend a bit more time with some fun color information.

After that we are going to move on to the good stuff, deciding on colors for your home.

So here is a little bit about color and how it is perceived. Some colors are universally interpreted the same, others are not. Here are just a couple of examples.


Red is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure.
The international color for stop.
The color of good luck in Asia and is the most popular color in China.
Brides in India and Nepal wear red saris


The color of happiness, and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring.
Yellow is the color of traffic lights and signs indicating caution all over the world.
Yellow is the most visible color of the spectrum.
In Japan, yellow often represents courage.


It’s nature’s color for water and sky. . Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other color. These can be easily explained by pinpointing by the specific shade of blue.

Dark blue: trust, dignity, intelligence, authority

Bright blue: cleanliness, strength, dependability, coolness
Light (sky) blue: peace, serenity, ethereal, spiritual, infinity Dark blue is the color of mourning in Korea.

Blue is for a baby girl; pink for a baby boy in Belgium.


Since the beginning of time, green has signified growth, rebirth, and fertility.

Green is no longer just a color. Green is universally associated with nature. Green symbolizes ecology and the environment. . Feng Shui claims that green eases absent-mindedness, nervousness and rudeness.

Traffic lights are green all over the world


Purple symbolizes nobility and luxury to most people in the world.

Light purples are light-hearted, floral, and romantic. The dark shades are more intellectual and dignified.


Orange is vibrant. It’s hot, healthy, fruity and engaging – but it can be abrasive and crass. The only color of the spectrum whose name was taken from an object, the popular fruit - the orange. .
Symbolizes energy, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health.

Evokes the taste of healthy fruits.

Symbolic of autumn.

Orange is both the name and emblematic color of the royal family.

The middle traffic light is orange in France.


Pink can be youthful, fun, and exciting, and some have the same high energy as red; they are sensual and passionate without being too aggressive. Toning down the passion of red with the purity of white results in the softer pinks that are associated with romance and the blush of a young woman's cheeks.


Brown says stability, reliability, and approachability. It is the color of our earth and is associated with all things natural or organic.


Grey is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. It is a color that is dignified, conservative, and carries authority. Gray is controlled and inconspicuous and is considered a color of compromise, perhaps because it sits between the extremes of black and white. Gray is a perfect neutral, which is why designers often use it as a background color.


Black is authoritative and powerful; because black can evoke strong emotions, too much can be overwhelming. Black represents a lack of color, the primordial void, emptiness. It is a classic color for clothing, possibly because it makes the wearer appear thinner and more sophisticated.

White, projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality.

  Some fun color information!   Does this help to decide what color we are drawn to or what color we should use in a room?
 Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't.  Color as we can see has many meanings and moods. What color looks and feels good to you is completely personal.

Tip # 2:  Choose colors based on what makes you feel good.  Don't be preoccupied with the latest color, particular meanings of a color, or what someone else happens to feel about a color.  This is your home.

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