7 Facts Everyone Should Know About Colour
Posted on 10th July 2017 at 17:38
Confession time...My name is Lisa and I love colour. Like, properly love it.
I take great pleasure in seeing beautiful colour combinations. I want to touch nice a colour when I see it, is that weird?
I have my favourite colours and I'm not keen on yellow but generally I LOVE colour. I used to find it incredibly therapeutic mixing colours in Designer's Gouache paint when I worked at Keith Robson's design studio in the late 80's and early 90's. Sometimes it could take hours, with a miniscule tweak here and there to match up a colour accurately. These days it's done by computer and takes nanoseconds! #lostskills
Anyway, enough reminiscing about the good old days, here are a few colour facts for you...
1. Some people are scared of colour, there's a proper name for it- chromophobia. There are even names for fears of individual colours. (Who knew that people are scared of actual colours?)
2. Nature provides us with amazing examples of colour combinations, think about trees, flowers, fruit, vegetables, birds and fish to name a few. Purple is one of the rarest colours in nature though hence it's connection with royalty. It used to be a difficult colour to dye fabric in because of the scarcity, therefore it was a sought after colour within the higher classes of society.
3. Colour theory-Most of us learn about primary colours at school. Red, yellow and blue - in theory, mixed together they make all the other colours. Red and yellow make orange, red and blue make purple, blue and yellow make green, these are the secondary colours. Add black and white to the mix and you're looking at tints, tones and shades ...infinite possibilities!!
4. Colour and its associations:
• Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
• Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
• Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
• Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
• Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
• Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic
• White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
• Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.
5. Men don't physically see colour in as many variants as women. We might see periwinkle, azure, baby blue, navy, royal, sky, petrol, midnight, pastel.....they see blue - maybe stretch it to light blue or dark blue.
6. Colour psychology - colour evokes feelings and can be representative of moods.
• Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure.
• Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.
• Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms.
• Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.
• Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.
• According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. Purple is a very rare color in nature; some people consider it to be artificial.Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.
• White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning. In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity
7. When it comes to wearing colours there are some that will suit you better than others. This is down to your natural colouring, your skin undertones, your eye colour and your hair. As a general rule warm skin tones suit Warm colours and vice versa for cool skintones. Lots of people live in black, they think of it as safe. Some people think of it as 'slimming' others just stick to it because it is easy and they aren't confident in putting colours together. Black and white as a clothing combination denotes authority, think of the police uniform, prison officers, judges etc.
“The best colour in the whole world is one that looks best on you” Coco Chanel
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