Have you ever thought that perhaps, the only colour in real life is white? White light is indeed the bearer of all colours. The colours we see are reflections bouncing off an object or are the light source itself. The light sources change and the colours with them. Colour is not a stable affair. Colour is light alone, but our experience is so direct that we trust our eye and believe that a colour is inherent to an object. Imagine living in a world where everything is white in colour! However, the world we live in is, thankfully, full of colours, and they trigger emotional responses as they influence our feelings and us.
Interestingly, colours can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite. Colours are the basic things in life, yet it plays an important role in our life. However, most of us take it for granted. For example, each time we wake up to a brand new day, we would take it for granted that we can see the colours of our bedrooms. At night when we go to sleep, we do not count our blessings for the beautiful colours that we have been looking at all day. We are fortunate that we are able to see the many wondrous colours around us.
Some cannot see them. They are colourblind. All that they can see is black and white. Some cannot even see anything. All they see is pitch black as they are blind. We take our eyesight for granted, that each new morning, when we open our eyes, we will be able to see the colours around us. What if one day, when we open our eyes and find that our room is in black and white, how dull life would be. Imagine a life without colours. A black and white rainbow, your favourite television program in black and white, every single item of clothing looks black and white, life would be so boring.
Everywhere you look, each time you turn around, everything in sight is in black and white. Colours are linked to our moods. For example, green represents jealousy, red represents anger, blue represents sadness, and yellow represents cheerfulness and so on. As a powerful form of communication, colours are irreplaceable. Red means “stop” and green means “go. ” Traffic lights send this universal message. Likewise, the colours used for a product, web site, business card, or logo cause powerful reactions. We would usually go for the brighter and more colourful design as it looks more appealing and interesting to us.
If colours never exist, the world would be such a dark and gloomy place. In a picture, colours capture the mood of the moment. It shows the atmosphere of the picture without you actually being there to witness it. The evolution of cameras is the change from black and white pictures to coloured pictures. Pictures that are usually dark and gloomy give a sad and angry feeling, mostly it being a sad occasion. Pictures that are bright and cheerful usually give a happy feeling, mostly it being a joyous occasion. Colours also show the ambience of an occasion.
For example, during Chinese New Year, the colours used to decorate their house are very important as to the Chinese, colours means a lot. Red, would be the primary decorative colour as it is an auspicious colour. It helps to keep evil away. Orange and yellow are also used in the decorations. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy and sunshine. Orange represents enthusiasm, happiness and success. Yellow connotes royalty, prosperity and luck. Likewise, during a funeral, black and white are used as it stands for mourning and cheerless occasions.
Black is for the loss, and white for their passing onto the heavens. There are also different meanings when you wear a certain coloured cloth. For example, during the Elizabeth era, the colours of clothing worn provided instant information about the person wearing them. A man or women who wore purple clothes would be immediately recognized as a member of royalty. Gold, silver, crimson or scarlet, deep indigo blue, violet colours and even deep black and pure white colours were only worn by the highest nobility in the land.
The colours of Elizabethan clothes provided information about the status of the man or woman wearing them. This was not just dictated by the wealth of the person, it also reflected their social standing. An interesting fact about colours is that certain colours can reduce energy consumption! The scientific fact is that white reflects the radiant energy rays of the sun and black absorbs them. The same principle has a significant impact on a house. The hotter the roof is, the hotter the air in the rooms below and the hotter the air is, the cooler we will on our air-conditioners, thus, making use of more energy.
However, light coloured roofing are like a white shirt for your house because they reflect radiant energy. Even a light grey hue is better than a blue or green. There are also the symbolic meanings for colours in dreams. The purpose of colour in a dream is to act as a healing agent or guide. The character in the dream who wears the colour and the position of the colour relative to the dreamer are important in interpreting the meaning of the colour. For example, a colour above the dreamer, like in the sky, indicates something the dreamer needs to strive for.
The following is a list of colours and their general meanings in dreams: violet represents spiritual understanding; indigo represents perception; blue represents philosophy or expression; green represents sharing, harmony ore balance; yellow represents elimination; orange represents assimilation; and red represents creative energy. We have always taken the beautiful colours we see for granted, never really thinking and reflecting in the many ways in which colours affects our lives. Perhaps we should start to count our blessings before it is too late, when things become as black as white as this paper and ink.