Ever wonder…Why do doctors wear white? Why are legal pads yellow? Colors have many meanings to many people. Throughout history, colors have had colorful interpretations, but here are some of the most widely held modern beliefs about the meanings of colors:
- White: Innocence. Purity. Fresh. Good. These are some of the meanings of white. Brides wear white (innocence), doctors and nurses (although many wear blue now) wear white (sterility), and heroes tend to wear white or ride off on a “white” horse.
- Black: Authority. Power. Evil. Elegance. Black is a popular color for clothes as many believe it’s slimming. Yet it is also associated with evil (black holes, black capes), and sometimes submission.
- Yellow: Cheerful. Attention-grabber. Youth. Fun. Energetic. Yellow is an interesting color. While it’s usually associated with upbeat and optimistic feelings, studies reveal that when a room is painted yellow, tempers are lost more and babies tend to cry more. It is supposed to encourage concentration, thus yellow legal pads, but it’s also a hard color for the human eye to take in so it shouldn’t be overused.
- Red: Intense. Love. Caution. Beware. Red is a very emotional color. It is supposed to stimulate a faster heart beat and breathing. Red is love. Red clothing gets noticed, as do red cars. Red is a good color to use for accents.
- Blue: Tranquility. Loyalty. Wisdom. Trust. This very popular color is known to have calming effects over people, thus it is a popular color for bedrooms. On the other hand blue can be cold or depressing. Looking for a job? Wearing blue is suppose to symbolize loyalty. Increase employee productivity by painting the office blue.
- Green: Nature. Growth. Money. Fertility. Safety. Green is easy on the eye and can improve vision. It has a calming effect, thus the “green rooms” where guests who are to appear on TV wait and it is often used in psychiatric wards. It’s often associated with good health too.