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Color in Quilts

Common Color Associations

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Red:  Red has exciting and possibly dangerous associations such as love, passion, energy, speed, strength, heat, aggression, danger, fire, blood, violence and aggression. Red is an excellent attention grabber and accent but could easily overpower the viewer if used as a background color. Red means stop or signals warning or forbidden actions in many cultures.

Orange: Demanding attention, orange suggests energy, warmth, enthusiasm, flamboyant, demanding of attention.

Yellow: Yellow has generally happy associations such as optimism, imagination, sunshine, summer and gold.  But it can also convey dishonesty, cowardice, betrayal, deceit, illness, hazards. Yellow demands attention, but use it in small and/or muted quantities to avoid eye fatigue and aggravation in your viewer.

Green: The color of life on earth is generally regarded as hopeful, natural, healthy, lucky, vigorous, generous and fertile.  It can also signify jealousy, inexperience, envy, and misfortune. In North American cultures, green means go, is associated with environmental awareness, and is often linked to fiscal matters.

Blue: The color of peace, blue brings to mind soothing associations such as peace, stability, harmony, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, loyalty, security.  It is also associated with coldness, sadness, technology, and depression.  Still, it is often cited as the worlds most popular color, perhaps because of its association with water.

Violet: Once a difficult and expensive dye color, violet has become associated with royalty, spirituality, ceremony, wisdom, enlightenment, and creativity. Violet is associated with death in some cultures.

Gray: Cool, muted colors in the gray family convey security, stability, intelligence, maturity, conservative practicality.

Brown:  Considered an earth color, brown is brings to mind home and hearth, the outdoors, stability, simplicity, and comfort.

White: White is associated with purity, truth, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, winter, cold, clinical, snow, sterility, marriage (Western cultures) and death (Eastern cultures),

Black:  Mysterious black often conveys sophistication, formality, power, elegance, wealth, fear, sadness, remorse, anger, mourning and death in Western cultures.

Not sure what to call a color?  Try this Name That Color wheel.

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