When you see the colour white, you instantly think of calm and serenity. And when the colour red pops up in front of you, your mind is likely to linger towards all things exciting and romantic. Colours do more than just brighten up your wardrobe and living room-they can influence how you feel, your emotions and sometimes even the decisions you make-resist a red Ferrari, can you? So before you colour your loved ones a particular shade this Holi, know what's the emotion popularly associated with it.
Stop! Yes, it is the most universal colour to bring things to a halt. But besides being the most often-used traffic signal, this powerful and stimulating colour is associated with power, excitement, passion and love. Red also stands for the devil by representing intense energy, rage and dominance-perfect for the domineering uncle or the troublemaking niece!
Think yellow, and your body feels a surge of energy. No wonder then, that this sunny colour represents joy, hope and happiness. Being the most visible of all colours in the spectrum, yellow is often used to grab attention. This explains why school buses, taxis and pedestrian crossings are mostly done in yellow, especially against black. However, the colour also has conflicting associations, for it represents cowardice and deceit.
Another bright cousin of the yellow and red family, the colour combines the energy of red and the brightness of yellow. Orange is believed to radiate warmth and happiness and has also been associated with emotional strength and its role in helping overcome grief. The colour is also known to have a stimulating effect on the appetite. Little wonder then, why many restaurants use tones of orange for ambience to keep the conversations and orders pouring in. Obviously, not the best colour if you are trying to lose some inches!
All things natural and earthy is what comes to mind when you think of the colour green. It symbolises growth, harmony, freshness and fertility. Carrying the power to establish great equilibrium between the head and the heart, green is the colour that soothes human eyes the most. It communicates renewal, endurance and rejuvenation. However, on the flipside, green is also the colour of money and envy.
The colour of the sky and water naturally indicates depth and stability and also vastness. The colour also symbolises trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, faith, and truth-one of the reasons many banks and financial institutions chose this colour for their logo. Blue is also considered conducive to the mind and body, known for producing a calming effect. However, it has also been associated with feeling glum, and that's why the term "Blues"!
This dark shade refers to the unknown and secretive. Black denotes power and control, hanging on to information and command rather than setting things free. It can, in many situations, communicate absolute clarity, sophistication and excellence.
When you think of purity, there is only one colour that comes to mind-white. It represents serenity, simplicity, purity and a state of calm. It's not without reason that the image of god or sages is often imagined in the colour white. The colour is an equal balance of all the colours of the spectrum, representing the positives and negatives of all shades. Its basic feature is equality, implying fairness and innocence.
So have you decided what colour to use on whom?