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The Joy of Yellow

9 January, 2012

A canary’s song, the bright sun on a cold winter’s day, a warm glow from a lamp to read by. What comfort and joy yellow brings to our lives!

1. ” Yellow Peppers “, 2. Yellow Leaves, 3. Yellow Rose, 4. Yellow Pom Poms again, 5. Yellow, 6. yellow pencils, 7. Yellow Hydrant, 8. yellow river, 9. Yellow balloons

For years, women used yellow ribbons to welcome home their men from war. Even today, they are used to embrace loved ones returning. Yellow is the color of creative and intellectual energy. Yellow symbolizes wisdom, joy and happiness. Yellow is representative of optimism and enlightenment. The color stimulates the long and medium wavelength cone cells in the retina. It stimulates the brain and nervous system, activates memory, and encourages communication. Yellow is often associated with food (see: McDonald’s Golden Arches).  Yellow is the color of the third chakra and is often associated with the South cardinal direction.

In design, yellow is used to add brightness, to evoke pleasant and cheerful feelings, and to generate muscle energy. Bright yellow is an attention-getter because it is the easiest color to see (even most colorblind people can see yellow). When used with black, yellow creates a warning sign.

As with red and orange, yellow is often used to emphasize elements of design that are most important. Yellow is best used sparingly, since it can easily overwhelm.

What emotions do you associate with yellow? Does it make you hungry? Angry? Mellow? Will you add it to presentations to emphasize import or will you use it to brighten a room? I’m looking forward to brightening up my room with daffodils this spring. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the sight of the sun on clear, cold winter days. 

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  • Reply Alana 9 January, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Sara, I have been so drawn to yellow lately! Which is odd because it was never one of ‘my colours’. I used to think it was a bit much! But at the moment it catches my eye in everything from art to homewares, to clothing. Just so bright and sunshiny and happy, happy, joy  joy!

    • Reply cloverdewNo Gravatar 10 January, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Thanks for the comment, Alana. I have been loving yellow more recently, too. I still like it used sparingly, but in combination with other colors or as emphasis, it’s a great “pop” of color. 

      I wish you happiness and joy and would love  to see pictures of what’s catching your eye. Are you on Pinterest? If so, let me know so I can follow you there. 🙂

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