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Color Symbolism and Choosing Colors

Profiles Index

Red
Red is hot. It's a strong color that conjures up a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passionate love to violence and warfare. Explore the meaning of the color red.

Purple
Purple is royalty. A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. The opposites of hot red and cool blue combine to create this intriguing color. Explore purple color meanings.

Yellow
Yellow is sunshine. It is a warm color that, like red, has conflicting color symbolism. Explore the meaning of the color yellow.

White
White is purity, cleanliness, and innocence. Explore more of the meaning of the color white.

Turquoise
A mix of blue and green, the color turquoise has a sweet feminine feel while the darker teal shades add lively sophistication. Explore the meaning of the color turquoise, a warm and cool color.

Silver
Silver, especially a shiny, metallic silver, is cool like gray but livelier, more playful. The color silver can be sleek and modern or impart a feeling of ornate riches.

Pink
Pink is a softer, less violent red. Pink is the sweet side of red. It's cotton candy and bubble gum and babies, especially little girls.

Orange
Orange is vibrant. It's a combination of red and yellow so it shares some common attributes with those colors. Explore the meaning of the color orange.

Lavender
Lavender has long been a favorite flower and color of genteel ladies. This shade of purple suggests refinement along with grace, elegance, and something special.

Ivory Color Meanings
Ivory is a soft neutral color that isn't quite white and has some of the earthiness of light browns. Ivory represents quiet, pleasantness with a touch of luster. Explore ivory color meanings and what colors go with ivory.

Green
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. Explore green color meanings.

Gray
Gray is a neutral, balanced color. It is a cool, conservative color that seldom evokes strong emotion although it can be seen as a cloudy or moody color.

Gold
A cousin to yellow (and orange and brown) is gold. While green may be the color of money (U.S. money, that is) gold is the color of riches.

Brown
Brown is a natural, down-to-earth neutral color. It is found in earth, wood, and stone. Explore the symbolism and meaning of the color brown.

Blue
Blue is calming. A natural color, from the blue of the sky, blue is a universal color. Dark blue can be conservative or ultra-modern.

Black
Considered the negation of color, black is conservative, goes well with almost any color except the very dark. It also has conflicting connotations. It can be serious and conventional. Black can also be mysterious, sexy, and sophisticated.

Beige
Beige is a chameleon, taking on some of the attributes of stronger warm or cool colors it accompanies. On its own, it is a calm neutral background color. Explore beige color meanings and symbolism.

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