These easy-to-learn principles of color can help improve your art and design. For years, artists, color theorists and interior designers have used the hidden meaning of color to elicit a certain mood.

Color can quickly transform a dreary room into a cheery room. Painters, photographers and other creatives can learn to use these same principles within their artwork to transport their viewers’ imaginations.
Over the past few weeks we have learned about the primary colors Red, Yellow and Blue. Now we are learning about the secondary colors. This week is green.
Green is a secondary color: A made by mixing the primary colors together.
For example…
When mixed together: Primary color, YELLOW + Primary color, BLUE = Secondary color, GREEN

GREEN: Green has both a warming and cooling effect. This is why green is the color of harmony, balance and security.
Green also has a calming effect and symbolizes hope, peace, gentleness and modesty. It is soothing, refined and civilized with great healing power. Greens are particularly restful.

“Quiet Reflections” by Lori McNee © 2007

Dark greens remind us of money, banking and Wall Street. Green gemstones are reputed to attract mone, and wealth.
However, at times yellow-green is used to portray sickness, discord and jealousy. Remember the phrase, “green with envy”???
But for the most part, green suggests stability and endurance, hope and growth. It sometimes denotes lack of experience, for example a ‘green-horn’ is a novice. Green makes us think of spring. Green contains the powerful energies of nature, growth, desire to expand or increase.
Try using green to evoke a sense of balance, to promote a need for change or growth, or protection from fears and anxieties.
Go-Green! ~Lori 🙂


For a lot more about color, be sure and read: Use the Hidden Meaning Color in Your Art and you might like, Go Green Clean: Purify the Air in Your Studio or Office with House Plants

To learn more about ‘green’ please read the book,  Color Style: How to Identify the Colors that are Right for Your Home or the article, Color Green Meaning

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