Green, which is Nature’s colour, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving. – Paul Brunton
The Color Psychology of Green
- Green is a cool color that symbolizes nature and the natural world.
- Green also represents tranquility, good luck, health, and jealousy.
- Researchers have also found that green can improve reading ability. Some students may find that laying a transparent sheet of green paper over reading material increases reading speed and comprehension.
- Green has long been a symbol of fertility and was once the preferred color choice for wedding gowns in the 15th-century. Even today, green M & M’s (an American chocolate candy) are said to send a sexual message.
- Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect. For example, guests waiting to appear on television programs often wait in a “green room” to relax.
- Green is thought to relieve stress and help heal. Those who have a green work environment experience fewer stomachaches.
- Consider how green is used in language: green thumb, green with envy, greenhorn.
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The harmonizing colors of green and yellow are accompanied by black and white.
C65Y100 | C40K100 | White
A grassy green with nothing but black and white.
C65Y100 | C40K100 | White
A pale green with nothing but black and white.
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Three shades of teal form this monochromatic palette.
C23M20Y25 | M53 | C35M85 | C50Y90 | C60M100K10
Relive the sixties with these pretty pinks and a yellowish green.
C70M5Y100 | M100Y100 | C53M100 | White
Red and green isn’t just for Christmas. Make it an orangy red and throw in a dash of purple and white for a vibrating sixties color scheme.
C25M80Y90Y25 | C65M3Y65K15 | C5M85Y90 | C5M55Y85 | M20Y40 | C40K100
An earthy palette of brown, green, and orange.
C40M75Y80 | M10Y35 | C40Y70K10 | C100Y50
Shades of brown and tan are enlivened with a bright teal.
The use of green in familiar phrases can help a designer see how their color of choice might be perceived by others, both the positive and negative aspects.
- Green light – go, permission to proceed (with a task)
- The green room – in theater or televisions it is the room where performers and guests go to relax
- Green thumb – good with plants
- Greenback – US dollar bill, money
- Greener pastures – something newer or better (or perceived to be better), such as a new job
- Green-eyed monster – jealosy
- Green with envy – jealous or envious
- Green – inexperienced, untested, untrained
- Greenhorn – novice, trainee, beginner
- Green around the gills – pale, sickly
Green Words: These words are synonymous with green or represent various shades of the color green.
Emerald, sea green, seafoam, olive, olive drab, pea green, grass green, apple, mint, forest, lawn green, lime, spring green, leaf green, aquamarine, beryl, chartreuse, fir, kelly green, pine, moss, jade, sage, sap, viridian.
The Color Psychology of Blue
- Blue is described as a favorite color by many people and is the color most preferred by men.
- Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.
- Blue can also create feelings of sadness or aloofness.
- Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms.
- Blue is one of the most popular colors, but it is one of the least appetizing. Some weight loss plans even recommend eating your food off of a blue plate. Blue rarely occurs naturally in food aside from blueberries and some plums. Also, humans are geared to avoid foods that are poisonous and blue coloring in food is often a sign of spoilage or poison.
- Blue can also lower the pulse rate and body temperature.
- Consider how blue is used in language: blue moon, blue Monday, blue blood, the blues, and blue ribbon.
Explore more Dark Blue Color Meanings.
Just as seeing red alludes to the strong emotions invoked by the color red, feeling blue or getting the blues represents the extremes of the calm feelings associated with blue, i.e. sadness or depression, lack of strong (violent) emotion. Dark blue is sometimes seen as staid or stodgy — old-fashioned.
In Iran, blue is the color of mourning while in the West the something blue bridal tradition represents love.
People describe How the color blue makes them feel
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These blues and gray create a dark, conservative look.
C100M75 | C80M5Y10 | C65M3Y10 | C15Y5 | M40Y75 | C100M50 | C40K100 | White
Brighten this combo of shades of blues with a dash of orange.
C100M40 | M47Y100 | C10M95Y5
Shades of the sixties with blue, orange, and pink.
M50Y100 | C100M37K15 | C25M10K4 | White
Vary the look here by using orange as the accent or the medium blue as the accent.
C60M20Y5K10 | M75Y80 | White
It’s still orange and blue but with a more subdued look. A dash of bright white keeps it from being too subdued.
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More attraction between yellow and blue (both a light and a darker blue) with a dash of orange thrown in.
C60M100 | C30M50 | C15M25 | C70M50Y25K10 | C100M85Y35K15 | C40M20Y10K5
Show your passion for purple and your bias toward blue with this cool color palette.
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Accent these blues with a dash of yellow and pink.
This selection of Dark Blue Color Palettes feature 2, 3, 4, and 5 color combinations centered around dark shades of blue such as Navy, Dark Slate Blue, and Dark Cyan.
The use of blue in familiar phrases can help a designer see how their color of choice might be perceived by others, both the positive and negative aspects.
- True blue – someone loyal and faithful
- Out of the blue – unexpected (could be positive or negative)
- Blue ribbon – first rate, top prize
- Blueblood – person of noble birth, royalty
- Bluestocking – well-read or scholarly woman
- Bluebook – register of socially prominent people
- The Blues (capitalized) – popular style of music sometimes characterized by melancholy melodies and words
- Baby blues – Blue eyes (also see Bad blue words)
- Feeling blue – feeling sad or depressed
- Blue devils – feelings of depression
- The blues (not capitalized) – depression, state of sadness
- Blue Monday – feeling sad
- Baby blues – post-partum depression
- Singing the blues – bemoaning one’s circumstances
- Blue laws – laws originally intended to enforce certain moral standards
- Blue language – profanity
- Bluenose – puritanical individual
- Into the blue – entering the unknown or escape to parts unknown
- Out of the blue – unexpected (could be positive or negative)
Blue Words: These words are synonymous with blue or represent various shades of the color blue.
Sapphire, azure, beryl, cerulean, cobalt, indigo, navy, royal, sky blue, baby blue, robin’s egg blue, cyan, cornflower blue, midnight blue, slate, steel blue, Prussian blue.
2 Color: If Opposites Attract, Then Dark Blue Goes Well With Orange Colors
Consider combining dark blue colors with a dark shade of orange. The orange shown here is R255G161G0. Use that as a starting point to find the right orange for your dark blue but you don’t have to stick to that exact shade.
Blue is a cool color while orange is a warm color. To avoid unpleasant vibrations, avoid using in equal amounts. Enliven your dark blue with a splash of orange (or calm your orange with a dash of blue).
Dark shades of blue symbolize importance, confidence, power, intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism. By adding some orange to your predominantly dark blue palette you introduce some warmth and energy that can keep your palette from being too stilted or overpowering.
2 Color: A Purplish Blue Goes Well With a Golden Orange
Dark Slate Blue has a slightly purple tinge that gives it a touch of warmth and richness. Combine it with this gold-toned orange (shown here R190G148B64).
2 Color: Dark Cyan Reaches Out for a Darker Reddish-Brown Orange
3-Color: Blue, Red, and Yellow
With this dark blue, grab a bit of red and a bit of yellow that are all evenly spaced on the color wheel.The colors shown here are a dark blue (R0R0B128/navy), a fairly bright red (R254G0B4), and a nice sunny yellow (R255G251B0).
Darker shades of blue denote importance, confidence, power, authority, intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism. Red is another power color but it grabs attention more than blue. Yellow adds some brightness and joy. Using equal amounts of each color would make it a more childlike (think primary colors) palette but if only small doses of the red and yellow are used with a mostly dark blue color sheme, it’s quite suitable for adult projects that you don’t want to appear too serious.
3-Color: Dark Cyan, Reddish Purple, and Gold
This tri-color palette is a more sophisticated take on the primary blue, red, yellow trio.Dark Cyan is a cool color that combines the coolness of both blue and green. In addition to the calming attributes of cool blue, this dark shade of blue may also carry some of the symbolism of green such as balance, harmony, and stability. To warm it up a bit, we’ve added a reddish purple (or is that purplish red) color (R116G0B58) and a dark golden yellow color (R140G112B0). They keep the blue from being too watery, infusing it with some richness and energy and perhaps a little cheerfulness.
4-Color: Blue with Red, Orange, Green
Here’s a way to brighten up and add some kick to plain old dark blue.In addition to Navy (R0G0B128), the specific colors shown here are a bright red (R254G0B4), a mellow orange (R255G161B0), and a spring-fresh green (R4G255B0).
Navy carries the blue symbolism of importance, confidence, power, and authority. Darker blue, like navy, is associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism. To keep this dark blue from being too calm to the point of depression, give it an energetic kick with some red and orange. Although green is a cool color like blue, green with blue produces echoes of nature – water and forest and can denote new beginnings and growth.
4-Color: Dark Cyan Blue with Purplish Red, Orange, and Green
In this color palette, dark, rich shades of red, orange, and green couple with a dark cyan blue.Dark Cyan is a cool color that combines the coolness of both blue and green. In addition to the calming attributes of cool blue, dark cyan may also carry some of the symbolism of green such as balance, harmony, and stability. Adding a grassier green (R70G140B0) makes the cyan bluer. The orange is dark, almost brown (R140G44B0) and makes a good neutral color for the blue, green, and purplish red (R116G0B58). In this palette the orange is almost a neutral color and the blues and greens are cool, calming colors. The purplish red injects some warmth, energy, and richness into the cool palette.
5-Color: Navy, Red, Orange, Yellow, and Green
Evenly spaced out around the color wheel, inject some livliness into a dark blue palette with a dash of pinky-red, mellow yellow, oraange-red, and green.Navy blue carries the blue symbolism of importance, confidence, power, authority, intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism. To keep the color scheme from being too conservative add some energy and warmth with a pinky-red (R183G0B149) and an orange-red (R255G64B0) and that mellow yellow (R255G217B0). Although green is a cool color like blue, green with blue produces echoes of nature – water and forest and can denote new beginnings and growth.
The orange, yellow, green also lend the palette a fresh, citrusy flavor.
5-Color: Dark Slate Blue with Purplish-Red, Orange, Yellow, Green
Dark Slate Blue carries the blue symbolism of importance and confidence. Softer than Navy or Dark Blue, Dark Slate Blue has a slightly purple tinge that gives it a touch of warmth and richness.Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm and strong cool color it has both warm and cool properties. Dark slate blue is a muted color. Here it is mixed with other muted colors. For warmth, there’s a pink/purple/red (R147G49B114), a peachy orange (R190G106B64), and a kind of Dijon mustard yellow (R190G175B64). The green (R72G190B64) is also muted but adds a bright spot to the palette. This is a quiet, sophisticated color palette that feels more feminine than masculine.
5-Color: Dark Cyan with Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple
Dark Cyan is a cool color that combines the coolness of both blue and green. in addition to the calming attributes of cool blue, darkcyan may also carry some of the symbolism of green such as balance, harmony, and stability.This five color palette built around dark cyan blue uses colors evenly spaced around the color wheel. The purple (R72G0B106) is another cool color but darker, deeper, and richer than the cyan. For warmth and energy throw in a dash of an almost neutral brownish orange (R140G93B0) and a dark red (R136G0B13). The greenish-yellow shade (R98G140B0) contrasts nicely with the purple.