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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a...
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The Historical meanings and symbolism with Colours
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