Colors and Psychology: green violett orange

So lets go on with the psychology of colors. Today we are dealing with the complementary colors of last week: green = mixed from blue and yellow, violett =  mixed from blue and red  and orange mixed from red and yellow.

Color psychology with complementary colors

Green

You will never get rid of green. We are surrounded by green of nature. Without green there will be no life at all, since green plants produce  oxygen via photosynthesis. Green is just a great color. 12 % of all German people consider green to be their favorite color.

Color psychology with complementary colors: green Forest in Spring
Forest in Spring

 

Just have a look what you will get with green: green forests, lush green meadow, the very first, tender, very light and glowing green of the buds in spring or those tender green leaves of snowdrops at the end of the winter. This great variety of green in nature proves, why green is considered to be the color of life. Green is hope, green is nature, green is natural, green is fresh, green is vibrant and juvenile. Green means quite often a fresh start, so green in Christianity is the color of resurrection at Easter, when nature starts the circle of life again.

Young people are regarded to be greenhorns, due to the lack of experience in life.

Most people think, that green is relaxing.

If the green is quite loud, or lets say, looks weird, it is usually a kind of warning. Unripe fruits are usually green and should not be eaten. Mold on bread is usually green and tells you: “Don’t  eat this bread anymore, throw it away!” You see, green is also the color for poison. In painting very loud green shades were made of some poisoning pigments to grant their durability.
This symbolism of green is also used often in movies: poisoned stuff or smoke is usually colored green. So when you see green smoke: stop breathing!

And that you better not eat meat with a green glow, I think is beyond discussion.

 

Unripe Bananas
Unripe Bananas

Since the strong connection of green with nature and vibrancy, it is the best color for heath organizations or companies dealing with health. Ecological organizations or poltical parties dealling with ecology like to use green for their logos.

Health
Health

And if you see a companies logo being green and you can hardly see the conction with nature, such as oil companies, be sure, they want to manipulate you: “hey we are not that bad as you think, we care about nature, just have a look at our logo”
4 % of all companies use green for their websites.

Violet

Lilac or Violet is a kind of polarizing color, either you like it or not. So just 1% of all German people love violet, but 12% strongly dislike it.

Lilac means in french lilas = the flower lilac
Lilac means in french lilas = the flower lilac
Violet means in french violette = the flower violet
Violet means in french violette = the flower violet

 

Sadly you think of all the negative connotation when thinking of violet. Violet is considered to be the last try of unmarried women. I was rally shocked when somebody in college told me that my wonderful, violet pants were considering “last try”.

Violet is kind of melancholic, it can be a little neurotic or frustrated. As we see in the term “last try” violet is the color of sexual frustration, of sacrifice, of immorality, of dissatisfaction.

Christian churches use violet robes in times when they expecting atonement.

But violet is als a color of power, of mystic, of magic.

It is mixed of red and blue, so it is also a bit indifferent. Neither warm nor cold.

But even if violet is kind of indifferent and polarizing, it is a very individualistic color, made for sensible definition. They will talk of you, if you are wearing violet, even if you are just a cow.

Mystical Violet
Mystical Violet

 

Orange

Evenorange is a polarizing color. 3% of the Germans like it, but 14% hate it.

Ok here is my outing, or maybe it is not an outing, since you are visiting my website: I love orange!
My very first car was a jazzy orange Volkswagen.  I loved it, although my favorite color at that time was a very babyish pink. Meanwhile, for more than one decade it is orange. My kitchen is jazzy orange, my couch is orange and even the walls in my living room are orange. If i would have a chance to buy a car, it had to be orange.
And you can see my logo: it i orange. That makes me part of a very exclusive society 😀

Why orange?

My first thought: because I like it. I didn’t care about color connotations at that point. On the hind side: it works perfectly for me. Orange is the color of activity, creativity. It is a fresh, vibrant color with a tinge of exoticism. Just think of citrus fruits: Oranges.
You can find them in all supermarkets, even if bananas are sold out, oranges will always be there.
But there have been times and places, where oranges have been very rarely.

 

Oranges
Oranges

 

Orange is a very communicative color, a color which tells you about spirit and energy. The energy supplier of my favorite town up in teh north uses orange in their logo, and their website  is part of the 4% using orange as the major color.

As every thing even orange has its downsides. People think that orange is the color of “need for admiration” and “easygoing nature”

Orange is the color of the Netherlands and Buddhist monks wear orange robes.

To me: orange is also a very romantic color, and I am denying that it is because it is my favorite! Many people think that a glowing red-oragen  sunset or maybe also sunrises are romantic.

 

Sunset
Sunset

 

Sources
All pictures by Pixabay

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