Oct 7, 2021

COLORS | The meaning of green in color psychology

What’s the meaning of color green? What emotions are associated with the color green?


Green is a colour that can evoke powerful emotions. As a combination of yellow and blue;  green promotes optimism, hopefulness, harmony and balance.

Green evokes feelings like revival, freshness, vitality and peace due to its connection to nature. Just observe the incredible variety of shades of green nature has to offer: that’s why green, in color psychology, is the expression of renewal and life. 





The meaning of color green

Out of all the colours on the colour wheel, green is regarded as the most restful and relaxing colour to the human eye. It is a colour that can help you restore your depleted energy. If you are feeling too much stress due to modern living, the colour of green can serve as your sanctuary. This dominant colour of nature will restore our sense of well-being.

Green is a generous, relaxing colour that revitalizes our body and mind.

Did you know that the human eye is most sensitive to the colour green, and able to differentiate more shades of green than any other colour? Hence why it is the colour used for night-vision goggles. Green falls in the middle of the light spectrum – meaning our eyes require very little to no adjustments to be able to see it, making it a very restful colour for us. Hence why the majority of greens we see give us a restful feeling.


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The color green around the world

Calming, Natural, optimistic: these are the words we often associate with green.

Green is the colour of life and seasonal renewal. Since verdant spring is said to triumph over the barren winter – green symbolizes hope and immortality.

In Japan green signifies eternal life. Green was a sacred colour to the Egyptians representing the hope and joy of spring. The floors of the temples were green.

In China, Green is the color of money and wealth – hence, a positive and lucky color. Green in fact is the color of wealth, fertility, regeneration, hope, harmony and growth. Green also represents pure and clean: buildings, banks and restaurants are often painted in green, to express richness and well being at the same time.

In our western culture, green sometimes can also have some negative associations. Think for example about the words ‘Green with envy’. Boredom is also associated with green. Selfish and money are also connected with it on occasions.



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Olive Green

in colour psychology 


Just like the whole family of green, olive is a tone that gives serenity and relaxation and recalls naturalness, the environment and positivity.

Olive Green is a versatile colour, it carries the additional energy of red, making it a well-rounded, uplifting colour.

Olive Green evokes space, wisdom and compassion for humanity. It is also associated with harmony, diplomacy and self-love. The colour has been shown to be associated with camouflage and the army, which in turn symbolises strength, character and also peace.

Olive green represents also the traditional colour of peace. Offering the olive branch is known as an act of peace during the early civilization. Nonetheless, Olive Green has always been related with treachery and deceit. Green can encourage negative aspects of greed and jealousy. 

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