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Colours and their meanings

March 12, 2017
Colours and their meanings

Colours and their meanings

What is your favourite colour?  Do you have one?

My darling grandson Ethan who is almost 3 years old started singing the rainbow song to me last week. You know the one: ‘red & yellow & pink & green, purple & orange & blue…..’ We were reading a book about colours and one page had the rainbow and so he sang the song he has been learning.

A rainbow to me means happiness as it is so brightly coloured.  So when the prompt over at Denyse Whelan Blogs was ‘My favourite colour’ I had trouble actually finding one colour to choose as a favourite.

Colour to me is life.

It suggests vibrancy, happiness and love but it can also be sombre, sadness and dark.  After much thought, I came to the conclusion that  I don’t really have a favourite stand out colour.

When I started to think about colours I wondered about their meaning.  I found several articles about the subject of Colour Psychology .  The meaning of colours and also how Colour Psychology can be used in marketing and branding.

Colours and their Meanings

I’ve selected images of flowers which are magnificent examples of colour and beauty for us to enjoy and an explanation of what each colour means.

Red

Colours and their meanings

Colours and their meanings

Fiery, passionate and love.  Who doesn’t love receiving red roses?  I also read that it can increase blood pressure, respiration rate and enhance the human metabolism. It is a very emotional colour.

 

Yellow

Colours and their meanings

Colours and their meaning

This colour makes me feel happy and daffodils or sunflowers always make my spirits lift. I wasn’t surprised to learn that Yellow represents ‘sunshine’ and is associated with joy and happiness.

Pink

Colours and their meaning

Colours and their meaning

Don’t you love the pinkish hues at sunrise?  This beautiful flower has different shades of pink. This colour although sometimes can seem ‘girly’ and frivolous actually represents romance, love and friendship.  It also represents feminine qualities.

Green

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When I think of green I think of nature.   Green represents growth, freshness, fertility, safety and harmony.

Purple

Colours and their meaning

Colours and their meaning

 

This colour is the colour of nobles and royalty.  it Is usually associated with royalty, power and luxury.   However, it is also associated with wisdom, dignity and creativity.

Orange

Colours and their meaning

Colours and their meanings

I love orange as it is bright and cheerful.  Being a combination of red and yellow this colour represents enthusiasm, determination, success and encouragement.

Blue

Colours and their meaning

Colours and their meaning

Don’t you just love looking at a clear perfect blue sky?  I love the white daisy against the startling blue sky in this image. The colour blue is associated with truth, wisdom, loyalty, faith and intelligence.  It has a calming affect which is beneficial to the mind and body.

Rainbows give a feeling of hope.  What is at the end of your rainbow?

Do you have a favourite colour?

 

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38 Comments

  • Reply Marsha Ingrao March 12, 2017 at 02:55

    Your colors are so vibrant. It is hard to choose when we see such brilliance. Aren’t we just too fortunate to be able to see? Wow! Have you read the book, The Day the Crayons Quit? So adorable! “Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. …” Amazon

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 09:00

      I love all colours depending on what mood I’m in. It was difficult to choose just one as a favourite. I haven’t read the Day the Crayons Quit sounds fun. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by, Marsha. x

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit March 13, 2017 at 07:05

    I have a friend who, when asked what her favourite colour is, always says “rainbow”.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 09:03

      What a lovely reply Leanne. I think there are so many beautiful colours and shades it is difficult to select just one. I noticed you are a ‘Red’ girl – ooh fiery and passionate!!!

  • Reply inthegoodbooksblog March 13, 2017 at 07:09

    I don’t have a favourite colour, I find it way too difficult to choose just one as they represent different things at different times in my life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 09:03

      Yes I feel exactly the same. It all depends on my mood. Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl March 13, 2017 at 07:46

    Such an invigorating post to read on a Monday morning, Sue.

    That rainbow song is in my head too.

    SSG xxx

    PS – will do my best to join the link up.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 09:04

      I’m glad it brightened your day SSG! The link is open until Thursday so plenty of time. Have a rainbow kind of day!

  • Reply Alana March 13, 2017 at 08:45

    My favorite is a range – pink to red to purple. I guess that’s why so many flowers in my house, or garden, are those colors. It’s strange, in a way, because when I was growing up, blue was my fave.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 09:06

      Oh your house sounds beautiful with all the flowers. I love those colours too but my favourite depends on my mood I guess. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill March 13, 2017 at 11:45

    I do love purple (and pink) and I like that purple is associated with wisdom and creativity! I see you as a sunshiney colour Sue 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 13, 2017 at 12:42

      Oh thank you Leanne! Sunshiney I like that! You are very wise and creative so purple suits you too. Have a great week. x

  • Reply Denyse March 13, 2017 at 13:35

    Found it. For some reason I thought this would be your Monday linky post! This is lovely Sue. As you already know I LOVE colours. Nature does it so well. We can barely touch that success with colour replication. Thanks for linking up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2017 at 04:55

      Yes I actually published on Sunday so I would have it ready for your link up. I have my Autumn one ready. I really enjoyed your post on colours and the blue hues. You are right about Nature we just can’t replicate the intensity can we? Have a lovely week Denyse.

  • Reply Tory March 13, 2017 at 13:44

    I love green because it reminds me of all these things too!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2017 at 04:56

      I love green as well Tory I find it calming. Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day x

  • Reply nessville March 13, 2017 at 17:29

    You’ve just reminded me how many different shades and hues there are of one colour. I’ve never thought of myself as much of a pink person, but pink sunsets – divine! Thanks for the lift.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2017 at 04:57

      I know too many to just choose one favourite I believe. Pink sunsets are gorgeous and I’m so pleased you felt good reading the post. Have a beautiful day.

  • Reply Bren Pace March 14, 2017 at 02:26

    Fabulous post, Sue! I love colors. The brighter they are, the more they boost me. My fav colors used to be pink and purple. However, 20 years later, I like hot pink and teal. Wonder what that says about me?

    Love the images!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2017 at 04:51

      I love teal as well Bren. There are just too many colours and shades to just have one favourite I think. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post, I found it interesting to learn what each of the colours meant. Hot pink sounds like fun and laughter to me!

  • Reply Kat @anaussieinsf March 14, 2017 at 02:42

    Your grandson sounds like such a little cutie! I’m a big fan of bright colours as well – they make me feel happy! Which is why I don’t particularly enjoy buying winter clothes because they’re usually in dull colours. I can never choose one favourite colour, I love blue and red and yellow and orange. #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 14, 2017 at 04:49

      My grandson is the light of my life Kat and I look forward to each Wednesday when we spend the day together. Since I’ve retired and I don’t need the ‘corporate look’, I tend to wear bright colours. It is amazing how many people comment favourably when I wear my bright orange or hot pink summer tops. As I said I don’t have a favourite colour it just depends on my mood. Have a beautiful and colourful day!

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski March 14, 2017 at 11:06

    Interesting, Sue! My favorite is blue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:47

      Yes I found it an interesting topic Cathy. Something different to write about.

  • Reply Linda Hobden March 14, 2017 at 19:55

    My favourite colour is green. I’m attracted to paintings, textiles in tones of orange/coral/red. Fashion wise I go for red on an evening out although my wardrobe is full of tones of blue; make up wise I’m attracted to nudes and dusky pink tones … overall, I love colour, the brighter the better. ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 15, 2017 at 13:52

      I’m with you Linda – the brighter the better. I have some bright tops and everytime I wear them people comment on how good it makes them feel seeing some colour 🙂

  • Reply Shopgirl Anonymous March 15, 2017 at 12:41

    I wrote a speech in college on the power of colors in design! 🙂 Fun to visit back the different meanings, i had forgotten many of them. Purple is definitely my favorite color!!!…except for when it’s green.

  • Reply Silly Mummy March 16, 2017 at 11:31

    I’ve always liked cool colours – blues, greys and purples.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:47

      Yes to me they are calming colours. But I do love all colours depending on my mood!

  • Reply Grammy Dee March 16, 2017 at 15:06

    Love this! Glad to know that yellow represents sunshine and is associated with joy and happiness. Sums it up perfectly for me since joy is my word, I love the warm sunshine, and yellow just emits happiness as well as my blog’s sunflower theme! Thank you Sue for sharing this post at Wednesday AIM Link Party at Grammy’s Grid. I shared it on social media. Hope you get lots of traffic!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 08:45

      Yellow is such a joyful colour isn’t it! I love sunflowers and daffodils they always make me smile. Thanks for sharing and promoting it is much appreciated. Have a beautiful day!

  • Reply Mandibelle16 March 18, 2017 at 10:49

    Color psychology is really fascinating. I took a class on it for a interior design certificate. What’s interesting is how different people can see colours differently so for instance I may see more of an orange red will you see it more as a purple-red (more pink). Men for sure see colours differently but women as well. I love the Blue of the flowers you chose. Blue or Purple I’d say are my favorite colours — very spiritual and regal and calming. Trustworthy. Great blog piece I enjoyed it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 18, 2017 at 12:45

      Hi Mandi thanks so much for your comment. I really found your thoughts on how different people see colours differently very interesting. I hadn’t thought about that. So pleased you enjoyed the post and thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful and colourful weekend!

  • Reply Julie S Pit Stop Crew March 20, 2017 at 08:48

    Thanks for Bringing Your Post on the psychology of colours and their meaning … to the Blogger’s Pit Stop 🙂
    Pit stop Crew

  • Reply Melissa Ruddy March 20, 2017 at 10:10

    I love your interpretation of a rainbows. They do give hope. They are encompassing all the feelings that each color evokes. Personally, I am always drawn to greens. But in my clothing I tend towards browns, reds and pinks. Maybe be love certain colors more in certain forms? Like the brilliant blue of the Caribbean ocean or the velvety red of a rose.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2017 at 10:51

      Oh I felt like I was in the Caribbean Melissa! I think if we really think about it we surely must have more than one favourite colour. There are so many beautiful colours and as you say in different forms they appeal more. Have a great week!

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