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In England, when the Blackfriars Bridge was painted in green, the suicide rates on the bridge decreased by 34 percent. More than half the pencils sold in America are colored yellow! Yellow in a Nut Shell Joy, happiness, logical, optimism, idealism, imagination, hope, sunshine, summer, gold, philosophy, creativity, practical, judge-mental, dishonesty, cowardice, betrayal, jealousy, covetousness, deceit, illness, hazard.

Yellow is the brightest color on the palette! And what does it say? Well, yellow is a warm color of sunshine and sun-kissed beaches. It is the color of happiness, mental clarity, optimism, cheerfulness, and energy. It is also a color that stimulates appetite, the brain, and memory, leading to confidence.

The Power of Colors: Meanings, Symbolism, and Effects on the Mind

It is proved that studying in yellow rooms enhances focus. Yellow is a practical color, it makes one more analytical, as it is mainly perceived by the brain, and a lot lesser by the heart. Golden and warm shades in this color represent the assurance for a bright and positive future. Psychologically, this color helps one connect to mental thoughts.

It represents caution, and is often used in signs. Yellow was also the favorite color of Vincent van Gogh. The Power of Yellow. If yellow rules your favorites chart, it means you are a happy-go-lucky person, and enjoy the fine gifts of life. However, excess yellow may cause anxiety and irritation. On the contrary, yellow also defines cowardly attitude. Lighter and creamy shades of yellow will make you feel fresh, elegant, and joyful, whereas duller shades yellowish green will show jealousy and sickness. Yellow can be used best in food and restaurants, as it increases hunger. It is also a fast traveling color, its energy vibrates at a fast pace.

It is believed that yellow is a favorite among people with high intellect. Cultural Symbolism of Yellow. Yellow was the royal color of the emperors in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Yellow is sacred, and the color of celebration of spring in India. It is also related to farmers and merchants. Europeans consider yellow to be the color for joy, happiness, and hope.

The Aztec people considered yellow color as the symbol of food. In France, yellow represents jealousy. In Egyptian and Burmese culture, it stands for mourning. Historically, Americans defined yellow color as the symbol of love. Yellow is an auspicious color in Buddhism, and stands for wisdom. It represents the value of courage and nobility in Japan. Orange in a Nut Shell Energy, balance, warmth, enthusiasm, vibrant, expansive, flamboyant, justice, fascination demanding of attention.

Red-oranges define sexual passion, desire, aggression. While darker shades of orange have the downside representing deceit, showoff, over-confidence. More lighter shades mean health, happiness, good manners and sophistication. Refreshing and citrus, the humble orange dotes to a perfect combination of the heat of red and the happiness of yellow!

Orange is the color for refreshment and energy. It is the color most commonly seen in everyday life, be it fruits, vegetables, the sunset, cultures, and even clothes. This color is often considered ambiguous. It stimulates a sense of good health with its juicy and citrus association. It represents taste, and also increases appetite. Orange is the color of fun, adventure, and high spirits. This color also sparks good communication. Hues in orange stimulate mental activity and increase the supply of oxygen to the brain.

It is a color that helps in organizing things and setting them in order.

The Meaning of Colors

The Power of Orange. This color is the only one named after a fruit i. It stands for endurance, harvest and autumn. It is also believed to be the color of lady luck. It's psychology says that this color is re-energizing and helps one look at life in a positive way. The energy of this color is warm and thoughtful. If orange is your favorite, you are more of an independent, thoughtful and fun loving person. Oranges are best used in foods and restaurants as they encourage social communications and also increase hunger.

Kids are easily attracted to orange. Cultural Symbolism of Orange. Orange is the national color of the Dutch Royal family of Netherlands. It is the color most commonly associated with saints. In Buddhism monks wear yellow-orange colored robes. It is related to 'gluttony' in Christianity. Orange color represents joy and happiness in Japan and China.

It is the emblematic color of the royal family. In India, especially in Hinduism, orange is a sacred and holy color. It stands as the symbol of inexpensive items and Halloween in the US. Fun Fact If a person is born in a royal and rich family, the phrase, "Born to the Purple", is used! Purple in a Nut Shell Royalty, spirituality, nobility, selfless, spirituality, ceremony, mysterious, transformation, fantasy, wisdom, enlightenment, artificial, cruelty, arrogance, immaturity, pompous, mourning.

With its rich, deep hues, purple is a color that defines luxury. From rich velvets to royal branding, this color is regarded as perfect and ideal, as it defines the heat of red and the calmness of blue. It also relates to imagination and introspection. This color helps fulfilling deep thoughts and aspirations. Hues of purple and even violet are associated with futurism, spirituality, and psychic energy.

They also stimulate dreams and intellectual creativity. Purple stands for magic, mystery, creativity, and emotional balance. It defines pure and compassionate love, wisdom, void of ego. Purple is a color that people may either like or hate. Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, simply loved purple color. The Power of Purple. Violet color is mostly suggested for meditation, deep sleep, and calming an irritated mind. Leonardo da Vinci believed that in purple light stained light of a purple glass , the power of meditation increased 10 times than usual.

Darker shades like deep purple define luxury, and also gloom, sadness, and frustration. Lighter shades of violet and lavender draw sensuality, romance, creativity, and most of the positive traits. Most men love the dark hues, whereas women prefer the lighter shades of purple. Cultural Symbolism of Purple. In Rome, during ancient times, purple-colored fabric was worn only by the royals, as this color was very expensive to make. Purple is the color of mourning in Thailand. In Catholic culture too, it stands for death, mourning, and crucifixion.

Christianity also associates purple with Lent and Advent. In Chinese culture, purple was the color of harmony. In Japan, the color was named 'Imperial Purple', and defines power, status, and wealth. The American award for bravery is called the 'Purple Heart'. Purple denotes the values of faith and virtue, in Egypt. Julius and Augustus Caesar marked purple as their royal color.

Purple stands as the color of omen in Iran. Fun Fact Why do girls like pink? Well, researchers say women are biologically programmed for it. In the stone age, a woman's job was to pick fruits in reddish tones, and hence, they became sensitive to reddish shades Pink in a Nut Shell Love, affection, heart, tenderness, friendship, innocence, charm, sweet, gentle, good health, thoughtful, kind, intuitive.

The negative traits of pink are physical weakness, immature, low self-worth and willpower, over sensitive and emotional. With its soft and delicate hues, pink stands universally as a feminine color. Pink roses, curtains or accessories, most of us love at least one shade of pink. This color symbolizes love and youth. It is a charming color, and defines self-worth, goodwill, feminism, joy, and happiness. The feelings of nurturing, tenderness and care, are associated with pink.

It draws the best of traits from red and white. This unique combination makes pink generous, beautiful, serene, pure, inspiring, and relaxed. Pink color unites the mind with nurturing and selfless thoughts. It helps in receiving or giving affection. This color demands admiration and respect. Pink will make a person more gentle and careful in handling any situation or thing. The Power of Pink. A study shows that the color pink has healing properties, especially for those people going through an emotional trauma.

Pink was also used in prison walls to calm aggressive prisoners. If pink is your favorite, you are more of a calm, graceful, loving, and sensitive person. Brighter shades attract youth, high spirits, confidence, action, and fun. More subtle pinks bring blush, sweetness, beauty, tender romance, and unconditional love. Cultural Symbolism of Pink. Pink stands for joy and happiness in Catholic tradition. It is the color for trust in Korea. In the European times, pink was the color for boys. Girls were dressed in blue and boys in pink, as it is a stronger color than blue.

Later however, the concept changed. It was believed that girls took birth from the bud of the pink rose. Hence, thereafter, pink was associated with girls. It is a feminine color for most Eastern countries. In Japan, however, it is used for both males and females. If you see white color in your dreams, it represents joy and happiness in your family and home!

White in a Nut Shell Reverence, purity, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, humility, precision, innocence, youth, birth, winter, snow, good, equality, sterility, marriage Western cultures , death Eastern cultures , cold, clinical, sterile, critical. A pure and neutral shade of white is soothing. It is a combination of all colors that make up the spectrum. It balances the virtues of each color fairly, and hence, is considered perfect. White portrays the sense of being complete.

It represents openness, truth, kindness, healing, and positivity. This color also helps a new beginning and cleansing of the mind, body, spirit, and energies. It helps the mind organize the clutter in it, and makes space for new ideas. Due to the soothing qualities of this color, doctors and nurses wear white robes. The Power of White. White energies will help you balance your decisions, and have a neutral outlook.

It will help the mind fight and come out of the dark to a pure living. This color stands as a brilliant hue for the human eye. Best used in safety and cleanliness, white goes well with products that define purity, order, and simplicity. Overuse of white can however not be healthy.

In most cases, white rooms project a feeling of emptiness and being lonely. It also means to be cold, boring, and defines a life without happiness. Cultural Symbolism of White. White is considered to be a sad color in most Eastern cultures. In India and China, it is related to mourning and death. Queens in Europe considered white as the color of mourning, during the medieval times. In Thailand, India, and Burma, a white elephant is considered sacred. The Pharaohs of Egypt wore crowns that were white in color. In Western countries, white color defines a virgin. Brides often wear a white wedding gown, for good luck.

White color also represents angels. White represents the Madonna in Christianity. The bible describes white as the color of light and the divine. In Persia, it is believed that white was the color worn by Gods. In Greece, white clothing was worn to bed during ancient times. It was believed that this color gave happy and pleasant dreams.

The universal symbol for peace is a white dove. Any new color trend is tagged as 'the new black'!

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Black in a Nut Shell Power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery, fear, evil, anonymity, unhappiness, depth, style, dramatic, evil, sadness, remorse, anger, underground, good technical color, mourning, death, control, pessimistic. Dense and powerful, black is a heavy and timeless color. It defines mystery, and is often referred to as an unknown color. Black signifies seduction, secretive nature, sophistication, high status, career-headed attitude, and dignity.

Black is a bold color of authority, sensation, elegance, domination, and confidence. It is a color that also defines submissive nature, hence, it is worn by priests; which represents submission to the holy and divine power. As black defines an end, which is followed by a new beginning, this color is often preferred by teenagers.

Thus, the transcendence from childhood to teenage makes them more attracted to black. The Power of Black. This color helps in self-control and independence. It also has the capacity to absorb bad energies. Since black is a heavy color, it is often worn by people because it makes them appear slim.

The sophistication of black also makes it a must-have for other luxury products and high-end markets. This is why luxury cars are usually preferred in black. Excess black can be discouraging and sweep thoughts towards negativity. Black also denotes the unseen, evil, and darkness. It defines limits, and hence, black has an unfriendly and reserved appeal. Cultural Symbolism of Black. Priests wore black in Aztec culture. It was also the color of war. Black is the color for the traditional clothing of boys in China.

In Egypt and Rome, black was used for mourning. In Eastern cultures, carrying black in any form with oneself, acts as a protection from evil spirits. Black cats in Egypt were believed to have divine powers. In other cultures, a black cat that crosses one's way gives bad luck. In Thailand, black denotes evil, sadness, and bad luck. Black color was considered good by the native Americans, as the soil was black. They refer to this color with examples like 'fox color' or 'tea color'!

Brown in a Nut Shell Friendly, warm, strong, practical, sincere, honest, earth, hearth, home, outdoors, reliability, comfort, equality endurance, stability, simplicity, maturity. Some negative qualities are being stingy, passive, materialistic, boring, lacking humor and rough in nature.


These traits make brown a favorite among most men. The nutty and earthy shades of brown create a warm atmosphere.

This color defines simplicity and friendliness. It creates a feeling of being complete, stable, no-nonsense, and down-to-earth attitude. Brown will make you feel complete, and in sync with the environment and nature around you. Brown defines the security of materialistic possessions, demands neatness and order. Family, belonging, harmony, and taste for finer things in life, are a few more qualities of brown. This color also stimulates appetite, and represents the organic and natural things in life. This color does not express feelings easily, and tries to sort all matters within itself.

Brown is again either a good color giving comfort and assurance, or it is a bad color that suffocates. The Power of Brown. This color can be completely depended upon. As discussed, it is a solid color, defining structure.

No other color contrasts brown. This shade goes well with all colors. Lighter shades of brown bring honesty. Beige and ivory hues reflect loyalty, and being practical and simple. Darker shades represent possessiveness, depression and sadness. Reddish and earthy browns define autumn and harvest. Copper and coffee hues relate to style, financial goals, and richness. It is believed that seeing brown color in your dreams is a sign of good luck for money. Cultural Symbolism of Brown. Likewise, it means anger because of the increased redness of the face when it flushes with blood.

Purple symbolizes royalty only because the only purple dye that was available for many centuries was very expensive. Color can even change what you taste. Customers who bought 7-Up cans that had their color changed to yellow reported that the drink tasted more lemony. Men and women see colors differently. Men are generally less sensitive to color, so a subtle shade of orangey-red will just appear red. Men also see green things as more yellow than women. Women are less sensitive to color in the detail of objects and also in things which are moving quickly.

Red has been associated with romance and an American experiment offering dates with identical pictures of the same woman in different colored dresses found that a red dress was most effective in stimulating male desire. Remember that color can be culturally dependent. For example, although Black is the color of death in many countries, in China the color associated with death is White. Islam, strength, luck, fertility, prestige. So use the color in situations where you are trying to persuade. Use shades of brown and green to relax people and say you are environmentally friendly.

Use red to kick people into action. Remember also that meaning is what we create. It does not exist in the color itself and individual meanings may or may not exist in different cultures and individuals. Meaning , Color Schemes.