13 May 2011

005 Basic Colour Theory: Colours and Their Associations

* Red
* Pink
* Orange
* Yellow
* Green
* Blue
* Blue-green (teal/turquoise)
* Indigo (blue-purple/blue-violet)
* Purple (violet)
* Black
* White
* Grey

Red top

Red is a warm colour and is often associated with

  • Fire
  • Burning or heat
  • Roses
  • Anger
  • Stop signs
  • Warnings
  • Energy
  • Love
  • Blood
  • Head-strong or stubborn people (ex. red heads)
  • Happiness (esp. in China)
  • Good luck (esp. in China)
  • Marriage (esp. in China)
  • Sex or sexuality
  • Passion
  • Love
  • Lust
  • Anger
  • Confidence
  • Danger
  • War
  • Ares
  • Aphrodite
  • The planet Mars

Pink is a tint of red and is often associated with top

  • Love
  • Innocence
  • Femininity
  • Girls
  • Romance
  • Caring and compassion
  • Tenderness
  • Aphrodite

Orange top

Orange is a warm colour and is often associated with

  • The Sun
  • Happiness/joy
  • Apollo
  • Helios
  • Aphrodite/Venus
  • The planet Venus
  • Warmth
  • Energy
  • Enthusiasm

Yellow top

Yellow is a warm colour and is often associated with

  • The Sun and sunshine
  • Apollo
  • Helios
  • Aphrodite/Venus
  • The planet Venus
  • Sunflowers
  • Happiness/joy
  • Friendship
  • Innocence
  • Optimism
  • Children
  • Spring
  • Cowardice
  • Warning
  • Dishonesty or a two-faced person
  • Gold
  • Jealousy
  • Betrayal

Green top

Green is a cool colour and is often associated with

  • Spring
  • Fertility
  • Nature
  • Hope
  • Peace
  • Calm
  • Money
  • Greed
  • Jealousy or envy
  • Innocence

Blue top

Blue is a cool colour and is often associated with

  • The ocean
  • Water
  • Rain
  • The sky
  • Calm, peace, or tranquility
  • Harmony
  • Trust
  • Cleanliness
  • Sadness
  • Sophistication
  • The planet Uranus
  • Hermes/Mercury
  • The planet Mercury

Blue-green, teal, or turquoise is/are a mixture of blue and green and are associated with top

  • Peace
  • Calm
  • Tranquility
  • Relaxation
  • Water
  • The tropical oceans
  • Poseidon/Neptune
  • The planet Neptune
  • Aphrodite

Indigo top

Indigo (also known as "blue-violet" or "blue-purple") is a cool colour and is often associated with

  • Spirits or spirituality
  • Mystery
  • Wisdom
  • New Age
  • Kronos

In the New Age culture, there are children called "indigo children" and are said to possess special, unusual, and/or supernatural powers. According to Wikipedia, the characteristics of indigo children
include the belief that they are empathetic, curious, strong-willed, independent, and often perceived by friends and family as being strange; possess a clear sense of self-definition and purpose; and also exhibit a strong inclination towards spiritual matters from early childhood. Indigo children have also been described as having a strong feeling of entitlement, or "deserving to be here." Other alleged traits include a high intelligence quotient, an inherent intuitive ability, and resistance to authority. According to Tober and Carroll, indigo children function poorly in conventional schools due to their rejection of authority, being smarter than their teachers, and a lack of response to guilt-, fear- or manipulation-based discipline.
Of course, this describes me and I can tell you I don't know of any special, unusual, or supernatural powers that I may possess except people get uncomfortable if I look them in the eyes. -- But that's just people for you, isn't it? But it wouldn't be any surprise considering I have adult ADD. Oh, science...you ruin everything mysterious. (Lies.) ♥

Violet top

Violet (also known as "purple") is a cool colour and is often associated with

  • Royalty
  • Spirits or spirituality
  • Mystery
  • Wisdom
  • Femininity
  • Grace or elegance
  • Zeus/Jupiter
  • The planet Jupiter

Black top

Black isn't technically a colour. It is associated with

  • Space
  • Mystery
  • Power
  • Sophistication
  • Sex or sexuality
  • Elegance
  • Fear
  • Evil
  • Death
  • Destruction
  • Depression
  • Mourning (esp. in the West)
  • The Underworld/Hades
  • Hades/Pluto

In scientific terms, black is the lack of colour. Something that is black absorbs all colours from the light spectrum, which is why black things are hotter: It retains the energy/light/heat.

To the Egyptians, black is seen as representing goodness and life, as the soil of the Nile is black and brings life to the Egyptian lands.

White top

White isn't technically a colour. It is associated with

  • Innocence
  • Purity
  • Virgins
  • Children
  • Snow and winter
  • Clouds
  • Cleanliness
  • Peace and calm
  • Simplicity
  • Marriage (esp. in the West)

In scientific terms, white is the entire colour spectrum. Things that are white absorb no colour, so we see all of the colours of the spectrum reflect off the surface. This is why white things are generally cooler: They do not absorb the energy/light/heat.

As white is opposite black, it is a symbol of death and destruction to the Egyptian peoples, due to black being the colour of prosperity.

Grey is the mixture of black and white, and is associated with top

  • The Moon
  • Selene
  • Silver
  • Dullness
  • Winter
  • Rainy or cloudy days
  • [Old] age or maturity
  • Wisdom
  • Calm
  • Modesty
  • Reliability
  • Intelligence
  • Athena/Minerva
  • Wisdom
  • The dwarf planet Pluto

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