Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How the color Red affects us

What is it about specific colors that draw our attention? Furthermore, what is it about the color red?

Why is it so powerful? And why should you use it?

Red is a powerful color. It is rich, sensual and exciting. It is also demanding and aggressive. Red represents power, prestige, sex, vitality, and honor. Various cultures around the world use red in many different ways from bringing good luck to marking those of honor and power. 


If you sit in a room painted entirely red, your blood pressure and pulse would increase. Conversely, if you sat in the same room painted blue the two would decrease. Hmmm.

 This red bedroom would make me feel sexy and bold. Note: don't use red in the dining room, it is scientifically proven to increase your appetite and make you hungry!

The blue bedroom would make me feel calm and peaceful. This is the reason most asylums and psychiatric hospitals use it.

Recently, I watched a clip where an attractive woman in a white dress stood in a public place and randomly asked men for a dollar. She did okay, but they tried the experiment again and put the same woman in a red dress. Guess what happened? Men tripped over themselves to give her a dollar! She also received compliments. That to me not only suggests but proves that red catches the eye and excites it. No wonder my favorite color is red!

More facts about the color red:

The Romans used a red flag to signal battle.

In Elizabethan times, those who could wear the color was dictated by English law.  Colors were used to signify status. Guess who could wear red? Only the lower and upper classes.

Red has always been associated throughout history with status, religion and is also a sacred color of Buddhists.

Red in Russian means beautiful.

There are around 23 shade of red in a large box of crayons.

The red dot on the forehead in India is called a Sindhoor and is thought to bring good luck. It also signifies love and marriage.

The red stripes on the America flag stand for courage, valor and hardiness.

Red is the color of love.

Chinese brides wear red wedding dresses for good luck.

Some fashion experts recommend that you wear a splash of red to your interview.

In South Africa red is the color of mourning.

In Greece, Easter eggs are colored red for good luck.

Red is the most common color found in national flags.

In the War of the Roses, red was the color of the House of Lancaster, while white was the color of the House of York.

In ancient Egypt, red was the color that signified life, health and victory.

Red is associated with prostitutes. Prostitutes in many cities were required to wear red to show their profession which led to using a red light to mark districts.

In Roman Catholicism, red is the color of wrath.

Satan has most generally been depicted as red or with the color red.

If you want to feel sexy, wear the color red.

Oh, I could go on and on about this fascinating and powerful color. 

Myths about the color red:

The color red does not make bulls angry. Yes, I've tried this here on the farm and nope, doesn't affect them at all. Scientifically, they are believed to be color blind.

The point of this exploration into the color red is to enlighten you and entertain you. Oh, and give you a fun history lesson!

Eye catching, isn't it?


  1. I agree. I love the history of how colors were used too! Thank you for stopping by :)