I lived in another house where red didn't exist – not even a pair of red socks. I then noticed red didn’t appear much in my wardrobe and I too had been influenced, but this time because of rival football team colours.
This got me thinking about colours and what they represent. During the recent London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games national pride was shown by wearing the nation's flag colours and that meant you could recognise supporter's allegiances from a distance; particularly those from The Netherlands as orange can be seen from miles away.
Often, we chose colours for our clothes or home decor as they have a positive impact on our mood. Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian artist, was one of the first pioneers of colour theory and the invisible communication of colour and there have been many scientific studies on the theory since.
Some of the more common colour associations (in Western culture) include:
- Red: boosts energy and adds confidence
- Blue: slows your heart rate down so considered peaceful and relaxing
- Green: nature and stillness; a well-liked colour
- Yellow: happiness and exciting
Do you have a colour that doesn't feature in your life? Or one that dominates? Do let us know in the Comments below.