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Green - youthfulness and love of Mother Earth

Green - youthfulness and love of Mother Earth

What it means: Green is the color of money and envy, but it also signifies the environment, Mother Earth, and universal love. Green is attractive to youth and to those who enjoy life.

Which brands use it: The green mermaid on the center of every Starbucks cup is intended to brand the coffee company as one that is young and Earth-friendly. Starbucks is proud of its responsibility to the environment and its fair trade coffee products. Garnier Fructis is another green-colored brand, whose shampoos and other hair and body products jump off the shelves.


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Blue - calm and logical

Blue - calm and logical

What it means: Blue represents “trust, integrity, and communication”. However, the use of the wrong tone of blue “can make a brand appear cold, aloof and unapproachable.” Blue relates to the mind, so consumers associate it with logic and communication. It’s also serene, like the ocean, and calming to look at.

Which brands use it: The major social media companies —Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn—use blue as their primary brand colors.

Tiffany & Co. is also immediately recognized by its trademark teal blue.


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Purple - luxurious and whimsical

Purple - luxurious and whimsical

What it means: “Quality, luxury, and decadence” are all associated with purple , as is royalty. However, it can sometimes come off as tacky, too whimsical, or not in touch with reality, and depending on the company, this can be detrimental to the message the brand wants to send.

Which brands use it: Cadbury’s trademark purple pairs well with its rich chocolate products. Pop singer Prince is also known for being decked out in purple.


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Yellow - fun and friendly

Yellow - fun and friendly

 What it means: Brands that use yellow are “expressing a personality of happiness, optimism and friendliness.” Yellow is also the most visible color in daylight, making it difficult to overlook brands that use the color.

Which brands use it: McDonald’s uses yellow in the big yellow ‘M’ raised high above the streets. Contrasted against a blue sky, it pops out at people driving by. IKEA also uses yellow in order to tell consumers that shopping at IKEA is a fun, happy experience.


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Orange - playfulness and physical comfort

Orange - playfulness and physical comfort

What it means: Orange is powerfully bright. Companies using orange are seen as “fun, playful and enjoying social interaction.” Orange can also represent physical comfort, like food and warmth. But be cautious when using orange, she says, because some brands that do “come across as frivolous” and unable to take things seriously.

Which brands use it: The kids’ TV network Nickelodeon is branded with a bright orange splat. It’s a good choice for the brand because it stands out to kids, and the programming they present is all about having fun.


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Pink - sweet

Pink - sweet

What it means: Pink may be an obvious color to associate with certain qualities. Pink stands for femininity, as well as “love, nurturing, and caring.” A lighter pink is sweet, usually marketed towards little girls, whereas a brighter pink holds sex appeal.

Which brands use it: Victoria’s secret is a prime example of a pink-branded company. They even have a line of products called PINK. Many charities related to breast cancer, such as Susan G. Komen, color themselves pink, along with the recognizable awareness ribbons worn during Breast Cancer Awareness month.


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Brown - warmth and dependability

Brown - warmth and dependability

 What it means: Chocolate is something that first comes to mind when you think of brown, but the deeper meaning behind the color is warmth, safety, reliability, and dependability.

Which brands use it: UPS is a brand consumers want to trust to get their mail and packages from point A to point B on time. Brown is a great color choice for them. On the chocolate side of things, original M&Ms come in the easily identifiable brown packaging, and all the warm feelings of the sweet chocolate are there in the brand.


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