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Colors, Decoded: Quick Facts About 4 Humble Hues

February 12, 2020
From their natural and historical origins to the moods and politics they reflect, colors are full of meaning and symbolism.
And they have a powerful effect on how we feel.
Here’s a quick guide to understanding a few humble hues—alongside some of our favorite Schumacher textiles in each shade.

BLUE

 

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  • Often used in offices to increase productivity
  • Favored by men more than any other color
  • Inspires trust and security
  • Believed to suppress appetite

 

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PURPLE

 

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  • Preferred by a majority of children over other colors
  • A rare hue to find in nature, which is how it
    came to represent wealth and royalty—and magic
  • Used for mental health, to curb obsessions and fears

 

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GREEN

 

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  • Imposes a sense of calm and tranquility
  • Easy on the eye; can improve vision and reading
  • Thought to relieve stress
  • “… makes you feel healthy, fresh, and alive.”
    —Miles Redd to ELLE Decor

 

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RED

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  • Stimulates blood circulation —and metabolism!
  • Can inhibit relaxation when used in large amounts
  • “… has guts. Red is deep, strong, dramatic… to
    be used like gold for furnishing a house.”
    —Valentino

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