Banana, cadmium yellow, chartreuse, chiffon, cream, golden, goldenrod, khaki, lemon, mellow yellow, saffron, topaz and yellow ochre….and….and many many many more. So many….shades of Yellow.
Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. Yellow is sunshine. Wearing yellow clothes or
adding just touches of yellow to your clothing will make you feel more joyful and optimistic. It will boost your energy levels and improve your sense of well-being. It is good to adorn your house with yellow accessories and yellow flowers – they will brighten up your mind and enhance your mood.
While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration.
It is a warm color that, like red, has conflicting symbolism. On the one hand, it denotes happiness and joy, but on the other hand yellow is the color of cowardice and deceit. Yellow is for happy people and cowards. Mostly warm and friendly, yellow usually works best as a companion to other colors. – Jacci Howard Bear’s Desktop Publishing Colors and Color Meanings.
Yellow is one of the energetic colors. Because of the high visibility of bright yellow, it is often used for hazard signs and some emergency vehicles. Yellow is cheerful.
All in all, yellow seems an incredibly positive color. In limited amounts, though.
Now….what do you think, is the color of insanity? Some say gray. Some pitch-black. Even others say white, like a ghost. However, I feel insanity is such a strong thing. Sooo…shouldn’t it be represented by a bolder color?? How about yellow? Here are a few things to ponder:
In Russia, a colloquial expression for an insane asylum is “yellow house” because (a long time ago) they used to be painted yellow.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman Perkins has been tied to a certain form of OCD. Furthermore, the color of the wallpaper has been explored in a number of scholarly literary papers.
Van Gogh’s palette became more and more yellow towards the end of his life. His “insanity” was supposedly caused by lead poisoning because he inadvertently “ate” his paints (“hand to mouth” gestures, holding a brush handle in his mouth, etc.).
Studies on the effects of LSD (& other hallucinogenic drugs) have shown drawings/paintings by “crazy” folks with much more yellow as the effects advanced.
Yellow was said to be Einstein’s favorite color as well as the favorite color of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Some say that yellow is the favorite color of those who display mental extremes.
“Safety yellow” (used on US road signs and packaging) is a bright yellow similar to the color in nature on venomous snakes and insects — and especially so when combined with black. Some say that we instinctively see yellow as dangerous and/or stressful.
On the other hand, it’s worth noting quotes about yellow from the great masters of painting in Western art history: Vincent Van Gogh called it “a color capable of charming God,” Kandinsky said “a picture painted in yellow always radiates spiritual warmth” and Degas said “What a horrible thing yellow is.”
Thus, to sum it, I’d like to say that as is the case with any color, there are mixed meanings.It’s impossible to declare any one color represents something.
P.S. What do you say is the color of insanity? Comment below.
P.P.S. Hey….I hope you like this one. It took a lot of research, ya know…..juuuuust sayin’ 😉