My favorite color is red. It’s a color with many meanings that range from love, sex, passion to anger, aggression, power, danger and even the devil. In Chinese culture red is a very auspicious color. Red doors, red envelopes and even a Little Red Book.
Throughout history, red has been a color of royalty and the pope and common people weren’t allowed to wear it. Pigments and dyes in red were very costly. Now red is common everywhere. There’s also the red light district which is designated for prostitution. It’s interesting how many opposite meanings are held in one color.
Red is also associated with many major corporations including Coca-Cola, Maserati and it is the number one color used on flags for countries around the world. Of course it is also the color of stop signs. Using a color is always about the context that it is placed in.
Why are red roses considered more romantic than other colors? Does it have anything to do with the color of blood that is drawn as a result of touching a thorn?
Although there are many meanings associated with the color red, they are never ambiguous. I think that the histories and meanings embedded in colors is an interesting topic and we haven’t even ventured into the many associations with the color blue! Oh, and the color red looks great in a monochrome photo as well.