On a scale from 1 to 10 how much do you love color? Wanna guess how much I do? If you guessed 11 you are right! I freaking love color! I always have. So I thought it would be fun to look up the meanings behind some of my favorite colors and create a fun blog about them!
Now, this was just a fun project for me and not something that was meant to be used as a tool to educate children or re-quote as though I am an authority on color. (I kind of am though.) I just compiled some information I found interesting from books and the internet. I hope you enjoy!
(If you are interested you can click on the pictures and they take you to it's owner or the site I pulled it off from. If you want your picture taken down please let me know and I will be happy to do so.)
The name Turquoise means “Turkish Stone." It came to Europe from Turkey. This calming color is a perfect blend of blue and green.
Turquoise has a strong link to the color of the ocean. Therefore, it is typically connected to serenity, calmness and peace.
Looking at this color gives a feeling of stability and balance. This is probably due to the fact that there are equal parts of blue and green.
Turquoise is said to evoke and encourage creativity. This is probably why I favor this color and surround myself with it.
It is also associated with the following words: refreshing, feminine, sophisticated, energy, wisdom, wholeness, emotional balance, good luck, spiritual grounding, friendship, love, joy, tranquility, patience, intuition, and loyalty.
If I HAD to pick ONE color as my MOST favorite, which will never happen, I would pick turqouise.
Any guesses what my second favorite color is?
If you guessed that my second favorite color was fuchsia you are right! And would you just look at that bird!!! Wowzers! I don't think that is the real color of this bird. The photographer probably manipulated the colors a bit. But, hey, I could be wrong. Nonetheless, I love the bright fuchsia belly!
Ok so let's talk about this rich and vibrant color. Fuchsia invokes female charm and projects casual, light-heartedness.
It looks great with black especially for branding if you are trying to get attention. It also looks great with a dark or light shade of gray for a sophisticated look. Combine it with a lime green for a color explosion. And here's some hex info for all of you color experts out there:
It is time for purple. What a funny word huh? PUR-PUHL! Say that five times fast! LOL!!!
I have a funny story about the color purple. For the past three and a half years I have been living with a woman named Robin. Robin's all time favorite color is purple. And I mean favorite because not only is practically everything she owns purple, but her hair is purple too! Yep, she has been dying it purple for about twenty or so years. And get this, the house we have been living is a few streets down from the Purple People. Ever heard of them? I had not either until I moved into Robin's house but if you want to read about them click here.
So about purple.
Purple is said to have a variety of effects on the mind and body, including uplifting the spirit, calming the mind and nerves, enhancing the sacred, creating feelings of spirituality, increasing nurturing tendencies and encouraging imagination and creativity.
The color purple is also commonly associated with spirituality, the sacred, the higher self, passion, the third eye, fulfillment, and vitality.
It can help align oneself with the whole of the universe. Light purple hues represent feminine energy and all things delicate, as well as romantic and nostalgic feelings. Bright purple hues suggest riches and royalty. This is probably why Jesus is depicted in several pieces of artwork wearing a dark purple robe or sash.
Do you like or dislike the color purple?
How many shades of gray are there? 50? Nope! Gray has an infinite number of possibilities that lie in between the color black and white.
Gray is a cool, neutral, and balanced color. It is said to be an emotionless, moody color that is typically associated with being dull, dirty, and dingy. What?! I don't necessarily agree! Yes! A gray cloudy day can seem dull and dingy but I like this description of gray more. Gray is said to mean formal, conservative, and sophisticated. The color gray is a timeless and practical color. Therefore gray is a good color to wear on a job interview. Wearing gray means that you have good taste, a touch of formality, a sense of style and self-respect.
Variations of the color gray are taupe, amber, umber, zanadu, ash, cadet, slate, graphite. These variations have become wildly popular in the past ten years for homes. More and more, people are painting their living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms gray. Then they are accenting with touches of color here and there.
Next on the list...blue! Blue has always been one of my favorites. In fact, any shade of blue WAS my favorite until turquoise came along and stole my heart.
Here's some information I found on the color blue. Obviously it is the color of the sky and sea. Therefore it is often associated with depth and stability. It is said to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Ooooooh heaven. I like that! Is heaven all blue?
Blue is considered to be beneficial to the mind and the body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Not great for losing weight huh?! Lol!
I wonder what color SPEEDS up the metabolism? Red maybe?
Here's another fact I found interesting. Blue communicates unity, stability, significance, importance, and confidence. So this is where the corporate blue power suit, the blue uniforms of police officers and firefighters came from. It is considered a highly corporate color.
So, the next time you want to hit a home run at an interview wear blue!
Sitting in between yellow-green and yellow in the color wheel, lime green is a mixture of the two hues, making it a distinctly yellow-toned green. It is one of the freshest and most vibrant shades of green. Doesn't it just makes your lips pucker?
Lime green is a color often associated with nature, confidence, and high energy and is thought to promote feelings of liveliness, freshness, and creativity. In other words, when you are feeling down or tired, take yourself to the grocery story and stand in front of some limes until you feel lively and creative again.
It is also said to be associated with the words possibility, perception and anticipation. This makes sense. I mean, who wouldn't feel excited with possibility when seeing this dynamic and cheerful color? Try walking into a room that is painted lime green and feel hopeless and sad.
Lime green is often used for "green" companies or businesses that want to convey organic, whole, pure products. It works well with both warm and cool tones, such as yellows and blues, making it a great addition to many palettes.
Coral is a reddish or pinkish shade of orange. The color is named after the sea animal. Coral resides between the colors red and orange and is comprised of two parts red and one part yellow. It is a tertiary color. Which means it is not a primary or secondary color. Tertiary colors are combinations of primary and secondary colors. There are six tertiary colors: red-orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet. So coral would be under the first one - the red-orange category.
Coral and coral pink are popular colors for children's play rooms and bedrooms because they give a calm feeling of coziness and peace. This is probably because coral is said to symbolize life, restore harmony and increase warmth.
Coral is also one of the Miami Dolphins' colors. Go Dolphins!
There are many names for the color coral like pink coral, queen coral, light coral, red coral and dark coral. And last but not least coral is a popular color for weddings. Some of the best color combos are coral, teal and light grey, coral and navy, coral and gold and coral and ivory for a soft delicate and feminine feel.
Are you a mustard or ketchup kind of person? I am a mustard person. Mostly because ketchup has sugar in it and I don't eat sugar. Plus I think mustard is pretty good for you.
Mustard yellow used to be one of those colors I did not like for a long time. I didn't think it was one of the most flattering colors on me. But I was wrong because I bought this mustard colored pullover and these mustard colored pants recently and whenever I wear them I get a ton of compliments. I think it's because I pair them with navy blue and mustard and navy blue look great together.
Mustard and blueberries wouldn't though!
Mustard, or a more rich shade of yellow, stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty and joy. No wonder it is the color of the sun! And Big Bird!
So what colors look best with mustard?
Would you like some cheese with that wine? Oh yes please! Actually I presently don't drink wine. I haven't in over 11 years but that is not to say I never have or never will.
Nonetheless even though I don't drink wine I still LOVE the color and I love cheese.
Wine is a dark red color, sometimes containing a slight purplish tinge. It is a dark shade of red and a representation of the typical color of red wine. The first recorded use of wine as a color name in English was in 1705. The term "Bordeaux" is also sometimes used to describe this color.
It looks amazing on people with darker skin and darker hair but can compliment anyone. The color wine is associated with things that are robust, rich, regal, deep, warm and alive.
Many colors look great with the color wine like the color above (mustard) and the color below (emerald green).
If you are not a big fan of bright red, the color wine makes a fantastic color to decorate or wear around the holidays.
Emerald green or one of the more regal shades of green is by nature one of the most calming of all the colors on the color wheel. It encourages growth, reflection, peace and balance. It also represents healing and fertility.
For those of you that have emerald as their birthstone here's a little tid bit of information for you:
The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus. The emerald has long been the symbol of hope and is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy.
Green of course is also associated with money. Therefore, it is also traditionally associated with finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy and wall street. If you are looking to create a logo, brand or business you may want to consider using the color green, especially emerald green. It will give your brand a richer and more classy look. Emerald green is another popular color for weddings, especially around the holidays. In the spring people pair this color with grey and ivory. It also goes well with gold, navy blue and white.
Well, that wraps it up! Now obviously there are MANY more colors out there that I could have talked about but these are favorites and I didn't want this to be too long. I hope you enjoyed the content here and let me know what else you would like to see me blog about. Oh and drop a comment and let me know what your favorite color is and why!
Have a colorful day!
About the Author
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Amanda Rita Tardif. I used to blog about really bad ass artists each week but, considering everything I have been experiencing and learning, this blog has changed and is about to get really juicy, delicious and sexy...because I JUST CAN'T HOLD IT ALL IN ANYMORE.