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Color Symbolism

Color Symbolism

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Published by Abhinav Verma
The various attributes to colours and their associations.
The various attributes to colours and their associations.

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Published by: Abhinav Verma on Sep 15, 2013
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Color Symbolism
Color symbolism is the use of color to represent traditional, cultural, or religious ideas,concepts, or feelings or to evoke physical reactions. Choosing colors based onsymbolism or color meanings can apply to everything from clothing to wall paint to homefurnishings.
Colors are more than a combination of red and blue or yellow and black. They are non-verbal communication. Colors have symbolism and color meanings that go beyond ink.Each color communicates a particular emotion meaning or connotation to the mind of the viewer.
Considered the negation of color, black is conservative, goes well with almost any color except the very dark. It also has conflicting connotations. It can be serious andconventional. The color black can also be mysterious, sexy, and sophisticated.What Colors Are Black? These words are synonymous with black or represent variousshades of the color black: coal, charcoal, ebony, ink, jet, lampblack, midnight, obsidian,onyx, raven, sable, soot.
Nature of Black:
Black is the absence of color. In clothing, black is visually slimming. Black, like other dark colors, can make a room appear to shrink in size and even a well-lit room looksdark with a lot of black. Black can make other colors appear brighter.
Culture of Black
In most Western countries black is the color of mourning. Among young people, black isoften seen as a color of rebellion. Black is both positive and negative. It is the color for little boys in China. Black, especially combined with orange is the color of Halloween. Inearly Westerns the good guy wore white while the bad guy wore black. But later ongood guys wore black to lend an air of mystery to themselves.
Universal favorite of men and women, explore the meaning of blue, how to use shadesof blue, subtle changes in blue symbolism from dark to medium to light blues, andcolors that go with blue.Calm and Cool, the Nature and Meaning of Blue:
Blue is calming. It can be strong and steadfast or light and friendly. Almost everyonelikes some shade of the color blue.In 1999 Pantone named the sky blue color of Cerulean as the color of the newmillennium. Pantone selected the color Blue Iris as the 2008 Color of the Year telling us:"Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritualqualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, whileadding a hint of mystery and excitement." A natural color, from the blue of the sky, blue is a universal color. The cool, calmingeffect of blue makes time pass more quickly and it can help you sleep. Blue is a goodcolor for bedrooms. However, too much blue could dampen spirits.
Culture and the Meaning of Blue
In many diverse cultures blue is significant in religious beliefs, brings peace, or isbelieved to keep the bad spirits away.Blue conveys importance and confidence without being somber or sinister, hence theblue power suit of the corporate world and the blue uniforms of police officers. Long
considered a corporate color, blue, especially medium and darker blues, is associatedwith intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism.Just as seeing red alludes to the strong emotions invoked by the color red, feeling blueor getting the blues represents the extremes of the calm feelings associated with blue,i.e. sadness or depression, lack of strong (violent) emotion. Dark blue is sometimesseen as staid or stodgy
old-fashioned.In Iran, blue is the color of mourning while in the West the something blue bridaltradition represents love.
Good blue
True blue - someone loyal and faithful
Out of the blue - unexpected (could be positive or negative)
Blue ribbon - first rate, top prize
Blueblood - person of noble birth, royalty
Bluestocking - well-read or scholarly woman
Bluebook - register of socially prominent people
The Blues (capitalized) - popular style of music sometimescharacterized by melancholy melodies and words
Baby blues - Blue eyes (also see Bad blue words)
Bad blue
Feeling blue - feeling sad or depressed
Blue devils - feelings of depression
The blues (not capitalized) - depression, state of sadness
Blue Monday - feeling sad
Baby blues - post-partum depression

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