The Emotions Behind a Color

The world is full of colors, and each color invokes a different reaction in everyone, but there are common emotional themes connected to each color. Throughout time, painters have used different colors to give a painting a specific mood and story.



The color red implicates assertion, romance, strength, excitement, vitality, ambition, impulse and physical prowess. The color red contrasts a lot of natural scenery with an exception to flowers and sunsets. The color red just demands attention to the eyes, and is the exact reason stop signs and fire engines are red to give a sense of danger or threat.



This color signifies youth and being fearless, spontaneous, dynamic and assertive. Orange is the shade between red and yellow so it shares qualities of both and stimulates the brain. People will mention the orange the sun will displace onto the clouds and the sky as beautifully golden, awe inspiring, and encapsulating.



This color is most commonly associated with the sun which inherently correlates it as a symbolism of hope, happiness, and optimism. If you think of a smiley face what color is it? It's probably yellow, but perhaps society has implanted that correlation in our heads through the consistent use of it through emojis, and other forms of general pop art. Yellow is the most radiant color that installs peace into it's surroundings.



This is the most "natural" of the colors as it appears in a majority of forests or jungles. The color green is associated with harmony, security, balance, and gentleness. A walk in the woods is almost always calming and displays the harmonies relationship of the natural wild life. Lighter more yellowish greens can indicate a sickness, or jealousy.



This is the color of the sky and the reflection of the ocean which naturally relates the color with some sort of expansiveness. The color blue is typically somber, soft, soothing, compassionate, and connected with feelings of melancholy. Despite all the softer themes of blue, western cultures still use blue to depict masculinity and the male gender.



Being the fusion between red and blue this is a rare color and is used with discretion. Purple is associated with regality, dignity, restfulness, and serenity. In the beginning of clothing creation the hardest color to produce was purple, so it was restricted to nobles and royals. Purple can also be tiring to the eyes and give it a dreamy and gloomy appearance.


While there are more than six colors, the primary and secondary collection of colors combine together to create the color wheel. Using the main six colors you can describe a setting, an environment, and a painting just from the colors alone.

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