colour psychology… the meaning of green

Colour psychology - the meaning of green.

Did you know the human eye is able to differentiate more shades of green than any other colour? The belief behind this is one of evolution and survival when our early ancestors relied on being able to find food, water and life. We are reassured and feel safe when seeing green.

positive psychological qualities of green
When we see green our eye requires no adjustment. This is because it is at the centre of the colour spectrum, making green very restful, creating balance and harmony. It provides reassurance, restorative and refreshing. In nature the bright light fresh green represents new life and new growth.

It is the colour that represents universal peace and universal love, that of mother earth and the environment.

negative psychological qualities of green
Green, like any colour also has negative traits. Too much green or being surrounded by the wrong shade of green can bring up the feelings of boredom, lack of life and stagnation. It can also communicate rot and decay.

“Absolute green is the most restful color, lacking any undertone of joy, grief, or passion. On exhausted men this restfulness has a beneficial effect, but after a time it becomes tedious.” – Wassily Kandinsky, Russian painter and art theorist 1866 – 1944.

50 shades of green
There are so many shades of green from the bright yellow chartreuse, lime, cool jade green, emerald, forest, bottle, to the olive and khaki greens just to name a few.

How do you feel when you see the colour green? If you have any questions you’d like answered about the colour green, I’d love to hear from you.

If you found this blog post interesting, you may also be interested in other blog posts relating to the psychology of colour.

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