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    Green offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony

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Green offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony


"Green is one of the pervasive colors in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design." ~ Kate Smith

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  • Color Psychology: Green

    Understanding how color affects our world.

    by Kate Smith

    Green is considered the color of peace and ecology. It’s a tranquil and refreshing color with a natural balance of cool and warm undertones. Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is one of the pervasive colors in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design.


    Feeling Green

    Green affects us physically by:

    • Soothing and relaxing mentally and physically
    • Alleviating depression, nervousness and anxiety
    • Offering a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony


    Green in the Garden

    Green is considered one of the cooler colors in landscape design. It brings a soothing element to the garden. Green plants visually recede, making a small space appear larger. Green’s complementary color in the garden is red.


    Unique Facts About Green

    • Green was the favorite color of President George Washington.
    • The color green is used by U.S. intelligence agencies to denote a low or guarded threat level when dealing with terrorist activities.
    • Night-vision goggles use the color green because the human eye is most sensitive to that color and able to discern most of its shades.
    • Bright green is the color of the astrological sign for cancer.
    • The color green is associated with resurrection and regeneration in several religions.
    • In auto racing, a green flag is used to start or resume a race.
    • Driving a dark green vehicle may suggest you are traditional, trustworthy and well-balanced; bright green says trendy, lively and whimsical.


    Seeing Green

    Green is the signature color of a number of products, companies and organizations:

    • H&R Block
    • BP
    • Heineken
    • Starbucks
    • The Masters Golf Tournament
    • Rolling Rock
    • Garnier Fructis
    • John Deere


    Speaking Green

    • Green light: approval to move ahead or proceed with a project or task
    • Green corn: the young, tender ears of Indian corn
    • Green thumb: an individual with an innate ability to make plants grow
    • Green room: a room in a theatre or studio where performers can relax before or after appearances
    • Greenback: paper money, legal-tender note issued in the United States
    • Greener pastures: something new or better such as a new job
    • Green with envy: jealous or envious
    • Greenhorn: a novice, trainee or beginner
    • Green around the gills: marked by a pale, sickly or nauseated appearance
    • Turn green: to look pale or ill
    • Going green: to make changes that protect the environment such as recycling or reducing pollution


    Singing Green

    • “All the World is Green” by Tom Waits
    • “Blue in Green” by Miles Davis
    • “Early Morning Blues and Greens” by The Monkees
    • “Evergreen” by Barbara Streisand
    • “Evergreen” by Switchfoot
    • “Everything’s Gone Green” by New Order
    • “Forty Shades of Green” by Johnny Cash
    • “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea” by The Cure
    • “Green River” by Credence Clearwater Revival
    • “The Grass is Green” by Nelly Furtado


    Green Around the World

    Throughout history, cultures around the world have associated green with honor and beauty.  

    • Green is used worldwide to represent safety.
    • In Iran, green represents paradise and is considered a sacred color.
    • In Ghardaia, houses painted green indicate the inhabitants have made a pilgrimage to Mecca.
    • In Ireland, green represents the country’s patron saint, St. Patrick.
    • In Japan, green is regarded as the color of eternal life.
    • Libya’s national flag is solid green and currently the only national flag of a single color.
    • In China, jade stones represent virtue and beauty.
    • In Scotland, people historically wore green as a mark of honor.
    • In Aztec culture, green was associated with the royal or ruling class as it was the color of the quetzal plumes worn by Aztec chieftains.