Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Color Series: Green

Growth, harmony, freshness, fertility, nature, safety, and money. These are some of the words that are most commonly associated with the color green.

This post continues the highly regarded color series I have started. If you are just now joining, you should go read about red and orange. Here I will offer suggestions for color pallets and how to use the featured color on the post. Suggestions through comments are most welcome, plus requests for the next color study is encouraged.

The color green has great healing power. Why do you think your dentist's walls are all green? The reason is because it is the most restful color for the human eye. This means that the color of those walls evoke a specific response in you either calming you down or making you even more uncomfortable. I highly doubt there is one good dentist who has red walls.

Green also suggests stability and endurance, indicating growth and even hope. Growth could be traced to the color of our money: green. Obviously this color is used to promote safety. We don't run through an intersection when the light turns red now do we? When the light turns green, that tells us the intersection is safe to drive through, assuming a drunk driver isn't running the light.

Here are some really nice green based color pallets that you are free to use. And if you do use these as a base for one of your future designs, please make sure to post a link to it in the comment section for all to see!

Dark Green: is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-Green: can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua: is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive Green: is the traditional color of peace.

Do you have theories about the color green you have discovered that I didn't include in this? Any ideas on how to make the next Color Series post even better?

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  1. I knew you'd be happy about that April!

    Thanks for requesting the next color. Any suggestions for the forth color?

  2. How about purple? (love fuchsia!)

  3. Purple it is!

    Unless, of course, there are any strong disagreements. I highly doubt we have to worry about that though. Haha!