For centuries artists have used color to communicate their moods, feelings, and subtle messages. The human experience allows us to make connections between color and the memory that it evokes from us...
Symbolism of Color
Much has been written and published regarding the symbolism of the colors our lives are surrounded by. Colors arouse emotions and cause us to make evaluations and judgments according to the personal or public symbolism associated with them.
If we can identify the emotions and response we want from those who view our work, referencing color symbolism can provide ideas of where to start and what color schemes we should consider. Colors symbolize different things in different cultures and it would be beneficial if you are able to know the audience your work is being created for.
The list below is not meant to be all inclusive or otherwise complete, but rather to provide only a basic and widely accepted interpretations, symbols, and ideas that have somehow become attached to color.
Red: Love, Passion, Vigor, Danger/Warning, Anger, Fire. In some Asian countries red is associated with weddings.
Pink: Honor, Love, Morality, Femininity/ Dainty, Soft/Fragile.
Orange: Encouragement, Stimulation, Attraction, Energy, Adaptability
Yellow: Friendship, Attraction, Persuasion, Confidence, Intellect, Study, Divinations, God, the Sun, Excitement.
Gold: The great God, Greed, Wealth, Opulence, Male
Yellow/Green: Sickness, Cowardice, Anger, Jealousy, Rage/ Discord.
Green: Finance, Fertility, Luck, Growth, Well Being,
Dark Blue: Impulsiveness, Depression, Psychic, Changeability.
Light Blue: Calm/Tranquility, Happiness, Understanding, Patience, Health, Water.
Violet / Lavender / Purple: Relief from tension, Calming, Healing, Spiritualism, Mediation, Protection, Royalty, Opulence, the Divine.
Browns: Uncertainty, Hesitation, Neutrality, Poverty, Animals.
White: Purity, Original Innocence, Protection, Peace, Truth, Sincerity, Spirituality, Respect, Goodness. In Western cultures white is associated with weddings.
Silver/Gray: Neutrality, Stalemate, Cancellation, Lack of commitment.
Black: Evil, Loss, Discord/Confusion, Neutrality, Void, the Divine, Spirituality, Lack of Color, Lack of Light.