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September 5th

Fundamentals of Color: Part 2 – The Symbolism

In addition to their remarkable ability to transform into other hues, colors have the ancillary ability to evoke feelings through their hidden meanings. This psychological phenomena brings us to our second stop in our journey through all things color. Now let’s take a look at the hidden symbolism behind some of our “favorite” colors and see what they may suggest about ourselves and the world around us.

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Red is undoubtedly one of the most striking and memorable of hues and suggests feelings of Energy, Power, Passion, Excitement, Danger, and Strength.

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Classic Porsche Red

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Le Très Particulier Cocktail Bar (in the Hotel Particulier de Montmartre)

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Prelude to Tomato Soup from thefirstmess.com 

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow, which leads to Creativity, Youthfulness, Adventure, Fun, Sociability, and a Friendly disposition.

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Statement Door

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Orange Dhalias from Floret Flowers

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Hermes signature Orange Boxes

Yellow, as does the sun, brings its own form of Energy, Happiness, Joy, Optimism and Cheerfulness.

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Yellow watercolors by Tobias Tovera

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Rayeno Vegano restaurant in Madrid, Spain circa 2013

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Museum of Ice Cream Banana Ceiling

Green is the color of money and Wealth, Growth, Freshness, Vitality, Renewal and Health.

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Assorted Green Books

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Riad Yasmine Marrakesh, Morocco

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Green Marble

Blue suggests Intelligence, Stability, Wisdom, Confidence, Authority and Honesty. Hint hint check out the TLS logo :)

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Le Jardin Majorelle

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Pottery Closeup

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A blue-and-white striped awning and an empty beach on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France

Purple is the chosen hue of Royalty, and alludes to Mystery, Compassion, Imagination and Exotic locales.

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Fresh Figs

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Doorway in France

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Lavender Macaroons

Brown has a Natural, Woodsy quality, and lends itself to Honesty and Wholesomeness.

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Every Shade of Coffee

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Vintage Leather Chair

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Fall Leaves 

Pink reminds us of Femininity, Romance, Sweetness, Softness, and Innocence.

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Princess Bermuda

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Pink Refuge from Milan Design Week

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La Muralla Roja, Spain

Black symbolizes Formality, Power, Sophistication, Luxury and Elegance.

White like the clouds, hints of light Airiness, Purity, Serenity, and Minimalism.