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Use Color Symbolism to Make Improvements

Updated on May 15, 2021
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The color wheel

Every color symbolizes something different.
Every color symbolizes something different.

Colors surround us. All around the world, everything has a different color to it to make it more appealing. We all know that the sky is blue, the grass is green, a stop sign is red, etc. But what do all these shades symbolize?

Green and blue are neutral colors.


Green is another favorite color. It is all around us in nature. It is the color of leaves, the color of plants, the color on the stoplight that tells us we are free to go -- that it is safe.

Green is considered the color of peace and ecology. It is tranquil and refreshing.


Have you ever wondered why most people pick blue as their favorite color? Well, maybe now you'll understand...

Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed. Being the color of the sky and the ocean, it is perceived as a constant in our lives.

Bright colors can be exciting.


Orange sparks more controversy than any other hue. Typically, there is either a very positive or negative reaction to orange

Orange can be fun and bring warmth and energy.


Yellow reminds us of a bright and shining sun. It makes us happy, knowing that it's nice and sunny out. We tend to be more cheerful on days when the sun shines, compared to when it's rainy or cold.

Yellow is optimism. It is enlightenment and it is happiness. Shades of golden yellow tell of a positive future.


Red has more personal associations than any other color.

Red is stimulating and exciting. The level of energy perceived depends on how much red there is. It also draws attention.

Pink and purple are carefree and creative.


Pink is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted.

Pink that is bright is more youthful, fun, and exciting. Vibrant pinks usually have the same energy as red -- they are sensual and passionate without being too aggressive. Pink is the passion of red mixed with the purity of white. This results in the softer pinks that are associated with romance and blushing cheeks. Pink may speak of a desire to relive your carefree days for women who are often too stressed out in life.


Purple is a mix of calm blue and energetic red.

Purple is typically the color to describe people who are creative or eccentric. Purple can make you uneasy. However, it is also often used to show something mystical or even depict royalty.

White and gray are pure and timeless.


White is the color of picket fences surrounding a happy home. It is the color of a wedding dress. It is the color of the coats doctors wear.

White projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality.


Gray can mix well with any color. It is often a favorite color for a suit.

Gray is timeless, practical, and solid. However, gray is sometimes associated with loss or depression. Avoid gray if you're feeling down.

Black and brown evoke strong emotions.


Black can bring on strong emotions, so too much is overwhelming.

Black is authoritative and powerful. Black is the classic color for clothing because it makes the person wearing it appear thinner and more sophisticated.


Brown is the color of the earth and natural elements.

Brown says stability, reliability, and approachability.

What's Your Favorite Color?

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