Top 10 Colours and their Meanings
Platitudes and multitudes of colours exist in the Universe. Everything in nature is made of colours which are a visual treat for the eyes. From the green tress to the vast corn blue ocean, to the flaming fire to the crystal white snow, everything has colour in it. The human can perceive colour due to the reflection of light off objects. The presence of colour makes everything more appealing. Even movies, which were in black and white earlier, are now produced in Technicolor, from black and white TV, we have come to LED and LCD which produce an array of colours by just using tiny dots of three colours: Red Blue and Green. From food with various coloured elements on it to nature to the clothes we wear, the ability to perceive colour is a blessing for mankind. Colours have a great influence on our lives. From a young age, we are taught the name of different colours such as black blue green red yellow. We tend to prefer one colour over the other which becomes our ‘favourite’ colour. As beautiful as they may be to see, each colour has some symbolism and a greater meaning attached with it. Colour therapy, colour psychology etc are gaining importance because of the impact that certain shades of colours can have on our personalities.
The colour is a mixture of green and blue is calming to look at. It has a certain kind of sophistication to it and looks extremely pretty, especially turquoise stones. It is a calm colour which stirs creativity and serenity. It is mostly associated with females and hence is a feminine colour. It awakes and rejuvenates the senses and is said to have healing properties to it as it helps to reduce stress levels and restore the mind to a state of calm. Helpful in times of emergency as it helps clear the mind to take decisions. It is associated with practicality and self – sufficiency. At its negative, a greater influence of this colour can stir deception, self indulgence, unreliability and either extreme emotions or complete aloofness.
The second colour on the rainbow, indigo is the colour of the midnight sky. Coming from the blue family, indigo, instead of projecting its influence outward, projects it inward. It increases insights and understandings of the self and helps to improve upon the psychic abilities of the person. Indigo develops intuition. It conveys integrity and sincerity. It is the colour of the Higher Mind. It has a great sense of justice and divinity and strives to put forth what is right. It stimulates the right side of the brain which is also associated with creativity and increases ones capability to reflect on things. Indigo should be avoided when feeling sad as it will increase the gloom since its energies are projected inwards. Copious amounts of indigo bring out traits such as conformism, fanaticism, paranoia, bigotry and addictions.
All that glitters is not gold is a saying that we have all grown up with. It is the colour of wealth and prosperity and also indicates wisdom. It also stands for love and concentration. Gold is also associated with power, optimism and friendship. According to colour therapy, usage of gold can actually make one loving and spiritual. Wearing bright flashy shades of this colour could mean that the person likes attention where as dull shades indicate tradition and homeliness. Gold, though treasured most by women, is associated with masculine energy represented by the sun. It also brings out deeper wisdom and connection with higher understanding. Though compassionate and generous, gold when used excessively, can make a person egotistical, opportunistic and demanding.
Lesser valued than its shinier cousin, Silver is associated with femininity and the shine of the moon. A fun fact is that silver cars are the least associated with road mishaps as they can be easily spotted even in low light. Like gold, it stands for luxury and wealth. Associated with psychic prowess and intuition, it indicates the person ability to choose well for himself. It has reflective and helps in calming down and purifying the mind body and soul. It is said to be the mirror of the soul as it helps in introspection and is said to be guiding to newer directions. It is fluidic and mysterious and arouses people’s interest. It is also considered to be dignified, self controlled, patient and is also associated with perseverance. In excessive amounts, silver can be become lifeless, dull, deceptive and lonely.
The colour of many a girl’s nail polish collection with perfect, matching lip gloss has more to it than fancy nails and weird duck faces. Made with a combination of white and red, it draws on the best traits of the parent colours. It stands for inspiration and love and youth. It encompasses all things pretty. It is pure and guileless and makes a person more sensitive. It is, but of course, associated with femininity. It is the colour of caring and giving and tenderness. In the country of Korea, it is the colour of trust. It is said that Pink was used in the walls of prisoner’s cells in order to calm their aggressiveness. Pink relates with empathy and sympathy and shows the nurturing or the care- giving side of the person. Used excessively and exclusively, pink could come to signify the need for attention, and can also be associated naïveté, silliness and even the need for unconditional love and acceptance.
A mix of two extremes of the spectrum, black and white, gray represents mediation. It stands for complexity, maturity and modesty. It is also associated with intelligence (the thinking part of the brain is called ‘grey matter’ remember?). It is also associated with class and dignity as well as with elegance and humility. Shades of gray which are more on the whiter side are considered to be feminine while those that make use of more black are considered to be more masculine. The colour is without any emotions; in long spells and excessive use, it can lead to lifelessness and dullness. Gray is often considered a colour of transition, where one is unable to reach a conclusion and is stuck in the middle. when nothing is black or white, it is considered a gray area as gray is precisely that: It is indecisive and confused and can also lead to detachment, isolation and indifference.
It is the colour of the rich and the royal, the ambitious and the nobility, of wealth and of extravagance. The colour purple was famously worn by Julius and Octavian Caesar for it symbolised royalty and power. The above is well known by everyone, but did you know that purple also denotes spirituality and selfless love? Philosophers are said to be attracted to the colour purple as it aids in the souls quest for a higher purpose. It is the colour which is also associated with psychic abilities and a sense of purpose in life. Hence it is not surprising that it is also associated with imagination and inspiration, the main tools when it comes to achieving your goals and getting to a higher place in life.
The colour of acquired knowledge and mental agility, yellow is the lightest hue on the colour spectrum. It inspires cheerfulness, illumination, joy and happiness. It creates confidence in the wearer of the colour and helps to infuse a certain kind of optimism and enthusiasm in the environment. Yellow also shows that the person loves to talk. You will often find that people who like the colour yellow will eat your ear off, for yellow is the colour for communicators. It also sparks inquisitiveness. Not only does yellow make you analytical and critical, it is also the colour of thinking from the head rather than from the heart. It is the colour of a mind that will weigh both sides of anything before coming to any conclusion. Be careful though, excess of anything is too bad and so it is in the case of yellow. Being a fast moving colour, it can play with your head. It causes one to become judgmental, overly critical, impulsive, cowardly, egotistical and deceitful.
The colour of the rising sun, and the colour of the setting evening, orange lovers are adventurous and risk taking and enjoy the occasional thrill. They are out there and are fun seekers and will enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from living life on the edge. Made from red and yellow, two warm colours, orange inherits the best qualities of both. It helps in motivation and clarity of thought, uplifts spirit and brings sun shine into your life, especially during an economic crisis. Orange helps to infuse life. It is the colour of extroverts. It helps to increase appetite and hence is frequently used in kitchens and in the houses of those people who love to eat! Over indulgence in orange can lead to unnecessary pride, over indulgence, superficiality, and even unsociability.
It is the other end of the colour spectrum, the last colour in the rainbow, the colour of the racing Ferrari and blushing cheeks. Red has it all. It is most associated with love and roses and also with aggression and violence. Red, being the colour of energy and action helps to awaken the physical life force. In oriental cultures, red is the colour of good luck. Red is associated with masculinity ass it exudes a powerful masculine force. It can stimulate intimation, sexual desires and is seen as a positive influence in fuelling lust and helping in sexual prowess. It sparks passion and promotes love. It increases appetite for both, food and love and is the colour of the Patron Saint of Valentine’s day. It is expressive and intuitive. Excessive red can lead to violence and aggression. It can cause people to become over bearing and possessive and can also make people rebellious and resentful.