Color Series: The Meaning Behind Green

meaning of greenWelcome back! In the fourth installment of the Color Series, we will take a closer look at the color green.

“It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water.” – Barbara Kingsolver

History of Green

The color green is one that can be found everywhere, because it is produced naturally. Trees, bushes, grass, and plenty of other plants are green, and even have special parts of their structure that give them that color.

As such, green is usually related with renewal, nature, energy and growth. When you think of the spring you think of how the outdoors starts to look greener and fresher. Most flowers when they first begin to bud start off as green, and will eventually develop their colorful petals. This is why you might hear someone who is new at something being referred to as “being green.”

Another strong association with the color green is that of money and wealth. Banking, greed, jealousy, Wall Street, and envy are also strongly associated with the color green.meaning of green

Green is seen as a relaxing color that has a lot of healing potential. Green is known as a healing color and can help enhance vision, due to the fact that green takes up more space in the color spectrum that is visible to the human eye. This is why it’s a popular choice in interior design along with backgrounds or backdrops.

When it comes to how green affects people, green is known for its soothing nature and helps to enhance your compassion, alleviate anxiety, depression and nervousness. Green represents hope, adventure, renewal, along with self-control and harmony. However, too much green has been said to cause people to become lazy, lethargic, and placid. Not enough green can lead to feelings of apathy and fear rejection.

More recently, green has come to represent safety or a holistic nature. The “green” movement has swept the nation, meaning that there are not any unnatural additives to foods or drugs. Green has become synonymous with energy in nature.

Some Great Cultural Green References:meaning of green

  • Olive branches are a symbol of peace- which happens to be green.
  • Members of the military can be seen wearing camouflage, which has roughly seven shades of green.
  • The phrase “green thumb” refers to someone who is good with plants.
  • Theatres and TV studios have a “green room” where participants go to relax before performing.
  • A “greenback” is a dollar bill in the United States.
  • In China, green represents disgrace.
  • The color green is associated with the astrological sign for Cancer.

At Hunakai Studio, every brush stroke has meaning behind it. We know how to guide our students and encourage them to express themselves!