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Musing And Thoughts On The Nature Of The Color Green

By David Artstone

The color green is more than just a slice of the color wheel. It is a series of tones that have a definite meaning on the psychology and philosophy of the human experience. It is symbolic, both on a societal, and on a personal level. It means something, and that meaning helps to color the world.

The most overriding characteristic of the color green is that it is representative of life. Nature is green, from the leaves on the trees to the grass underfoot; nature is a symphony of green tones, spotted only randomly with other disparate hues. This means that green tones are invariably linked to the natural world, and to the act of growing, and living.

In general this is a good thing, making green a vibrant color that invigorates a space and makes it feel more active. Green tones can give a room a sense of being fresh and lively, and can help to add energy to a room that might otherwise be drab of blas.

However the association of green with life is not always a positive one. Some green tones invoke thoughts of sickness, plague, or death. In those tones the life that the green is associated with is viral or bacterial, or even fungal in nature, and so is actually harmful to humans. When choosing colors in art or design, it is important to be aware of this aspect of certain green tones.

Aside from being vigorous, green is also a soothing tone. It doesn’t tend to incite excitability or anger. Instead it creates a soft and peaceful atmosphere. It is a color which is not exactly lethargic, still vigorous, but also not chaotic, just mild.

The color green has a number of symbolic properties which gives it a much richer and more complex identity than just that of a random color. By understanding the meaning behind the hue, you can get a richer vision of the entire world.

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