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Symbolism – Red!

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Going back to the symbolism post two weeks ago, we’re going to go over the color red! Red is a beautiful color with many meanings, which I’m sure most of us can guess. Red can show love, lust, anger, hatred, the list could go on forever. Red is an intense and powerful color that demands your attention whether you want to give it or not. It’s well known that red is used in advertising to attract customers, especially with food because the color red makes you hungry.

Crimson LeafLet’s start with the positive:

  • Red is sensual and passionate.

If that female lead of yours has ruby red lips, well… watch out boys! Why does red make people feel so sexy? Humans flush when we’re aroused–and most often, arousal is sexy. But what about that red tie your main man has? It creates a sense of power. (Ever noticed the President wearing a red tie when they need to showcase their prowess?) Like I’ve said, red draws attention. If you’re confident enough to have that attention, that shows power. Confidence = power, people!

Now for some negative:

  • Red can symbolize hate, anger, warnings, stops, blood and so much more.

Warnings and saying stop are because (once again) red gets our attention. Anger and hate can get our pulse racing, just like red. We also tend to flush a nice red whenever we get horribly upset.

Different reds can mean different things, too:

  • Light red can mean joy, passion and love.
  • Dark red is associated with vigor, rage/anger, courage, malice, and wrath.
  • Red-orange relates to desire, pleasure, domination, and aggression.
  • Red-violet is a calm vitality, and is associated with sensuality.
  • Red-brown can indicate harvest and fall.

Red is a great color that can give a nice pop to your descriptions, whether it be red lips, red hair, red tie or who knows, maybe even red eyes. Don’t be afraid to use this color, it’s your best friend. (Maybe even more than that.)


Written by Devin Bond

October 21, 2010 at 5:30 am

Posted in Symbolism

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