Color Symbolism: Green

Color Symbolism: Green


Stepping into the cooler side of the spectrum, we find green. Green is opposite one of the purples, more so of magenta, on the colour spectrum, opposite the right balance of blue and red. Green endures a duality of nature, and is often associated with jealousy and greed, but also, beyond what it has come to mean, it is part of a lush world.

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Green is a part of almost every land-grown plant on this known world. It is often associated with life and living as a result. To be Green can mean a focus on all things environmentally friendly.

Green suggests a creative mind to New Age philosophers, as well as a fixation on health and medicine. It is considered the official colour to represent Islam, as Mohammed was quoted saying, "water, greenery, and a beautiful face," were three good things to have. It symbolises freshness as well as someone who is too new at something.

Green in medicine usually symbolises illness, as cartoons are draw with green faces. Poison Control Centre stickers that I saw or had in the house growing up were a green face and a phone number. To be "green around the gills" suggets sickness. Green had once been considered a colour of bad luck by Britons, using green as symbols to denote objects subject to superstition.
Widely understood, green means go, which sort of goes against its soothing nature.

Most of all, green has come to symbolise hope from it being the dominant colour of spring after cold winter. It is the first colour of new life as it sprouts from the earth.

Connotations of green from Design Meltdown: Nature, environment, money, wealth, family, harmony, health, peace, posterity, soothing, relaxing, springtime, youth, humor, fun, happiness, life, growth, jealousy, envy, novice, restful, calming, balance, stability, summer, organic, recycled, plants, trees, fertility, fresh, good luck, and vigor.

What does green make you think of?

How does it affect you?

Where do you see green most?

Do you have any feelings or memories that you would associate with green?


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Green is the living colour for me. I am always amazed at how satisfying it is to see a mass of varied green plants together. Dappled green light through leaves. The only other colour that is just as magical for me - I should have posted on the article on brown - is the golden light you can see reflecting off your body as you swim underwater through a deep brown mountain pool.
Green has a great outdoors-y warm feeling for me as well. I think green is one of the only colours that you can smell :)
i am finding more and more of my things (my car, tshirts, shoes, house) are green (as are my eyes) but i don't particularly prefer green. i do however use green as a grey in my paintings b/c i like the atmosphere it creates.
i love green in almost all its forms. light dark bright muted yellow-green. blue green is kinda iffy but still nice.
my eyes are veryyyy green and get a few compliments here and there which I enjoy haha

my new room is going to be painted a greenish color because i think it'll be calming and pretty to wake up and go to sleep with.
I can't wait until the trees are all in bloom and all the light shining through the green leaves will be warm and radiating.

I've realized that green makes me happy 7 times out of 10.
as much as i love red, i tend to lean toward green most of the time. it is the complement of red, and definitely my second favourite colour.

we have a room painted green below the chair rail, so we call it the green room. my other favourite colour is teal, which is a kind of green.
unfortunately green bring bad memories and symbolizes bad people pretending to be good and religious when they are directly the opposite,evil and harmful, and though i used to like certain grades of it before cos i like nature,but this stuff made me somehow feeling unease towards it

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