Colour psychology and meaning green and blue

Green
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.
Life and Renewal:
Green is life. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment. On the flip side, green is jealousy or envy (green-eyed monster) and inexperience.
Nature of Green:
Green is a restful color with some of the same calming attributes of blue. Like blue, time moves faster in a green room.
Culture of Green:
Green is the national color of Ireland and is strongly associated with that country. Green also has close associations with Islam. Because of all the green in nature the color is reminiscent of Spring. Coupled with red it’s a Christmas color.
Using Green:
With both a warming and cooling effect, the color green denotes balance, harmony, and stability. Use several shades of green for a fresh, Springtime feel. Olive green, also called olive drab, is a not so drab summery green that may have military overtones for some people.
Using Green with Other Colors:
Green with blue produces echoes of nature – water and forest and can denote new beginnings and growth. Green with brown, tan, or beige says organic or recycled and can be a good color combination for packaging of those type of products. Tri-color combinations of green with yellow and black or white are sporty, outdoorsy colors. Purple with green can be high contrast, lively. Lime green with orange and yellow is a fresh and fruity palette.
Green Color Palettes:
These green color palettes feature shades of green combined with gray, yellow, black, purple, lavender, and brown for some earthy, retro, and conservative looks.

colour combinations - yellow and green with black and white
C100Y100K50 | K40 | C10M25Y80 | C40K100 | White
The harmonizing colors of green and yellow are accompanied by black and white.

colour combinations - green with black and white
C65Y100 | C40K100 | White
A grassy green with nothing but black and white.

colour combinations - green with black and white
C65Y100 | C40K100 | White
A pale green with nothing but black and white.

colour combinations - shades of green
C100M70Y90 | C80M30Y50 | C60M10Y50
Three shades of teal form this monochromatic palette.

colour combinations - pink and green sixties look
C23M20Y25 | M53 | C35M85 | C50Y90 | C60M100K10
Relive the sixties with these pretty pinks and a yellowish green.

colour combinations - green orange and purple
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.

colour combinations - earthy orange, brown, and green
C25M80Y90Y25 | C65M3Y65K15 | C5M85Y90 | C5M55Y85 | M20Y40 | C40K100
An earthy palette of brown, green, and orange.

colour combinations - earthy brown and green
C40M75Y80 | M10Y35 | C40Y70K10 | C100Y50
Shades of brown and tan are enlivened with a bright teal.

Using Green in Other Design Fields:
Language of Green:

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.

Good green

  • 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

Bad green

  • 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.

Blue

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.

Meaning

Calm and Cool :
Blue is calming. It can be strong and steadfast or light and friendly. Almost everyone likes some shade of the color blue.Pantone has selected the color Blue Iris (PANTONE 18-3943) as the 2008 Color of the Year telling us: “Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement.”

Nature of Blue:
A natural color, from the blue of the sky, blue is a universal color. The cool, calming effect of blue makes time pass more quickly and it can help you sleep. Blue is a good color for bedrooms. However, too much blue could dampen spirits.
Culture of Blue:
In many diverse cultures blue is significant in religious beliefs, brings peace, or is believed to keep the bad spirits away.Blue conveys importance and confidence without being somber or sinister, hence the blue power suit of the corporate world and the blue uniforms of police officers. Long considered a corporate color, blue, especially darker blue, is associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism.

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

Using Blue:
A deep royal blue or azure conveys richness and perhaps even a touch of superiority. Navy blue is almost black and is a bit warmer than lighter blues. Combine a light and dark blue to convey trust and truthfulness — banker’s colors. Although blue is a year-round color, pastel blues, especially along with pinks and pale yellows suggest Springtime while deep blue is a colder weather color. Create a conservative but sophisticated look with subtle contrast by combining light and dark shades of blue.
Using Blue with Other Colors:
Mix the color of blue with green for a natural, watery palette. Add gray for understated elegance.Sky blue and robin’s egg blue, especially when combined with neutral light brown, tans, or beige are environmentally friendly color combinations.

Throw in a dash of blue to cool down a hot red or orange scheme. Grab attention with the contrast of blue and yellow.

Dark blue with white is fresh, crisp, and nautical. Red, white, and blue is a patriotic color trio for many countries, including the United States.Use dark blue with metallic silver accents for an elegantly rich appearance.

Blue Color Palettes:
These blue color palettes feature shades of blue combined with gray, orange, peach, purple, and earthy browns as well as palettes with multiple blues.

colour combinations - all kinds of blue
C90M50K30 | C70K25 | C10K40 | C100K40 | C100M90Y90
These blues and gray create a dark, conservative look.

colour combinations - all kinds of blue
C100M75 | C80M5Y10 | C65M3Y10 | C15Y5 | M40Y75 | C100M50 | C40K100 | White
Brighten this combo of shades of blues with a dash of orange.

colour combinations - complementary and opposites - colors of the sixties
C100M40 | M47Y100 | C10M95Y5
Shades of the sixties with blue, orange, and pink.

colour combinations - limited palette of orange and blue
M50Y100 | C100M37K15 | C25M10K4 | White
Vary the look here by using orange as the accent or the medium blue as the accent.

colour combinations - limited palette of orange and blue
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.

colour combinations - yellow and blue with orange
M9Y45K5 | C95M80Y30K15 | C45M40Y10K5 | M80Y100
More attraction between yellow and blue (both a light and a darker blue) with a dash of orange thrown in.

colour combinations - purples and blues
C60M100 | C30M50 | C15M25 | C70M50Y25K10 | C100M85Y35K15 | C40M20Y10K5
Show your passion for purple and your bias toward blue with this cool color palette.

colour combinations - art deco blues with yellow and pink
C35Y7K3 | C55Y10K5 | C80Y15K7 | C100Y20K20 | Y100 | M40Y35 | C40K100
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.

Using Blue in Other Design Fields:
Language of Blue:

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.

Good blue

  • 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)

Bad blue

  • 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

Navy Blue With Orange

Navy Blue with Orange

© J. James

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 with a Golden Orange

Dark Slate Blue with a Golden Orange

© J. James

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).

Dark Slate Blue carries the blue symbolism of importance and confidence and is a predominantly cool color. Add some warmth with gold or orange tones.

2 Color: Dark Cyan Reaches Out for a Darker Reddish-Brown Orange

Dark Cyan with Brownish Orange

Dark Cyan with Brownish Orange

© J. James

Medium to Dark Cyan is a blue on the verge of green. Here it is teamed with a dark reddish-brown shade of orange (R140G44B0). In addition to the calming attributes of cool blue, this darker shade of blue may also carry some of the symbolism of green such as balance, harmony, and stability. It gets a little warmth and energy when paired with brownish shades of orange. Brown is a natural, down-to-earth neutral color.

3-Color: Blue, Red, and Yellow

Navy, Red, and Yellow

Navy, Red, and Yellow

© J. James

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

Dark Cyan, Reddish Purple, Gold

Dark Cyan, Reddish Purple, Gold

© J. James

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

Navy Blue with Red, Orange, Green

Navy Blue with Red, Orange, Green

© J. James

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

Dark Cyan, Red, Orange, Green

Dark Cyan, Red, Orange, Green

© J. James

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

Navy, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green

Navy, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green

© J. James

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, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green

Dark Slate Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green

© J. James

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, Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple

Dark Cyan, Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple

© J. James

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.

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