Colours of Me by Bochaton Emmanuelle
I started writing this blog with the thought of the science of colour in mind and how colour impacts on brain function and mood and how our mood is reflected in our colour choices. However, after doing some research I quickly found that there was more than one topic regarding colour that I wanted to explore!!! This led to more than one blog topic on colour (keep an eye out for the blog 'Colour me Calm......or not').
I was previously aware that in some cultures there are significantly different meanings attached to colour to what I apply but I wasn't aware of the breadth of difference until I started to research further. I was thinking about why and how this information might be useful and thought about colour choice when making gifts or when making items for sale. Some colour choices could potentially be unintentionally offensive in some cultures!
So I thought I would collate some of the information I have sourced about the meaning of colour in culture.
Australian Aboriginals - Land and Earth
Celtic - Death and Afterlife
India - fear, fire, wealth, power, purity, fertility, seduction, love and beauty.
South Africa - mourning
Thailand - Colour for Sunday
China - celebration, luck, prosperity, happiness and long life. Worn on New Year and for funerals and weddings.
Western Cultures - excitement, energy, passion, action, love and danger
Egypt - good fortune
Middle East - Danger and Caution.
Iran - courage
Nigeria - aggression and vitality
France - jealousy, betrayal and weakness.
Germany - jealousy and envy
China - pornography!
Africa - money, quality and success
Egypt - happiness and good fortune
Japan - bravery, refinement and wealth
Thailand - Colour for Monday.
Western Cultures - happiness, cheeriness, optimism, warmth, joy, hope, caution and cowardice.
Western Cultures - melancholy, soothing, peaceful, calming, trust, security, authority, depression, loneliness, sadness and masculinity
Eastern Cultures - immortality
Ukraine - good health
China - Feminine and Immortality
Middle East - safety, protection, spirituality and immortality
Latin America - hope and good health
Judaism - holiness and divinity
Hinduism - Colour of Krishna
Western Cultures - spring, money, freshness, jealousy, greed and envy
Ireland - luck
Eastern and Asian Cultures - eternal life, new beginnings, fertility, youth, health and prosperity.
Mexico - Independence
South America - death
Indonesia - forbidden colour
Eastern and Western Cultures - power, wealth, exclusivity, royalty and fame
UK, Italy, Brazil, Thailand and India - death and mourning
Brazil - bad luck to wear purple when you are not attending a funeral.
Western Cultures - fun, curious, harvest, warmth, visibility and creativity
Eastern Cultures - love, happiness, humility and good health
Netherlands - wealth and royalty
Egypt - mourning
Japan and China - courage, happiness, love and good health.
India - Fire
Columbia - sexuality and fertility
Western Culture - femininity, love, romance, caring and tenderness
Japan - colour is more masculine than feminine
Korea - trust
Australian Aboriginals - The Land
Western Cultures - Practicality, Comfort, Wholesome and Stability
Eastern Cultures - Earth, Industrious and Mourning
India - Mourning
Middle East - Harmony, Earth and Comfort
Western Cultures - purity, elegance, peace and cleanliness
India - unhappiness
China and Korea - death, mourning and bad luck
Peru - angels, good health and time
Middle East - rebirth and mourning
Africa - maturity and masculinity
Western Cultures - sophistication, formality, death, evil, mourning, magic, fierceness, bad luck, illness and mystery.
Eastern Cultures - Health, Prosperity and Stability
I hope you find this as useful and fascinating as I did!
If you have any cultural meanings for colour that I have missed I would love you to share them.