The Colour Green

TiC/ Aug 15, 2019/ Creative, General/ 0 comments

“He had that curious love of green, which in individuals is always the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, and in nations is said to denote a laxity, if not a decadence of morals.”

~ Oscar Wilde ~

As you may have noticed, TiC’s brand colours are yellow and green, and with good reason, as both colours have loads of meaning. We previously shared information about the colour yellow, and today we do the same about the colour green.

The colour green is everywhere – you just have to look to nature to see green in all of its various hues.

Meanings Associated with Green

Being in the centre of the spectrum, green is the colour of balance – a more important concept than many people realise. Green is also the colour of harmony and growth – it is the colour of life, renewal, nature, and energy, and it is also traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, and jealousy.

Different shades, tints, and hues of green have different meanings; e.g.

  • Dark green represents greed, ambition, and wealth;
  • Yellow-green stands for sickness, jealousy, and cowardice;
  • Olive green represents the traditional colour of peace.

The best example of green standing for new growth and rebirth can be seen in nature in the Spring when all the plants are coming back to life with fresh growth and life after the cold winter months.


Physical Effects of Green

The colour green stimulates your pituitary gland; your muscles are more relaxed, and your blood histamine levels increase, which leads to a decrease in allergy symptoms and dilated blood vessels, aiding in smoother muscle contractions.

Green can improve reading ability according to researchers – some students may find that laying a transparent sheet of green paper over reading material can increase their reading speed and comprehension.

Green is used to sooth the soul and mind in chromatic therapy. It helps loosen the body, from a mental and physical point of view.

Green-coloured gems such as jade or malachite are used in crystal therapy to even out the energies around the emotional center of a being.

Too much green can cause people to become placid, lazy, slow, moody, depressed, and lethargic.

Too little green can cause feelings of apathy and fear of rejection.


Psychological Properties of Green

Green has strong associations with nature, and immediately brings to mind the lush green of grass, trees, and forests. Green is therefore often described as a refreshing and tranquil colour.

Green is also associated with healing, and is believed to be the most restful and relaxing colour for our eyes; Green is a colour that also helps alleviate anxiety, depression, and nervousness, which is why hospitals and clinics often have green walls.

Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect. For example, guests waiting to appear on television programs often wait in a “green room” to relax.

Green is an emotionally positive colour, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally. Green loves to observe, therefore it relates to the counselor, the good listener, the social worker. It loves to contribute to society, therefore it is the charity worker, the good parent and the helpful neighbour.

Green has long been a symbol of fertility and was once the preferred color choice for wedding gowns in the 15th-century. Even today, green M & M’s (an American chocolate candy) are said to send a sexual message.


International Associations with Green

In Ghardaia, houses painted in green indicate that the inhabitants have made a pilgrimage to Mecca.

In Iran, green, blue-green, and blue are sacred colours, symbolising paradise.

Ireland’s national colour is green, representing the vast green hillsides, and green is associated with good luck, leprechauns, clovers, and Saint Patrick’s Day.

In Japan, green is regarded as the colour of eternal life.

Aztec culture considered green to be royal because it was the colour of the quetzal plumes used by the Aztec chieftains.

Libya’s solid green flag is currently the only national flag of a single colour.

In China, jade stones represent virtue and beauty.

In Portugal, green is the colour of hope because of its associations with spring.

Scottish Highlanders used to wear green as a mark of honour.

There is a superstition that sewing with green thread on the eve of a fashion show brings bad luck to the design house.


Religious & Mythological Associations with Green

Green, which symbolises health, prosperity and abundance is associated with the Heart Chakra (also known as the Anahata Chakra), which is always associated with unconditional love and kindness.

Green is the colour associated with resurrection and regeneration in many religions

In Celtic myths, the God of fertility was associated with green.

Green is the colour of love associated with both Venus, the Roman goddess and Aphrodite, the Greek goddess.

Green signifies mystical or magical properties in the stories of King Arthur


Popular Phrases That Include Green

Give the green light: give approval to move ahead or proceed with a project or task.

Green corn: the young, tender ears of Indian corn.

Green thumb (US) or Green fingers (UK): an unusual ability to make plants grow.

Green with envy: jealous or envious {See article, Turning Green With Envy}

Greenhorn: novice, trainee, beginner {See article, He Wasn’t All Greenhorn}

Green around the gills: marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance.

Turn green: to look pale and ill as if you are going to vomit.

Going green: when someone or something makes changes to help protect the environment, or reduces waste or pollution.

Greenback: a legal-tender note issued by the United States government.

Greener pastures: something newer or better (or perceived to be better), such as a new job.


For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
~ Martin Luther ~

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