- In the past, judges used to dress in red to appear more powerful.
- The color of the dish we serve our food in can affect how we taste the food.
- Mosquitoes notice dark colors first, most notably the color blue.
We think it is safe to say that everyone agrees that not everything is black and white. Colors play a more important role in our lives than we are probably aware of. Be it when discussing someone’s behavior, or when trying to describe our mood, we can use colors to express a variety of things.
Not only that, but colors can also influence how we feel, and depending on what colors we surround ourselves with, it can significantly impact our mood. We can express how we feel by wearing clothes of different colors as well, or do the same by painting, and use the vast array of colors at our disposal to pour our feelings on a canvas. The world of colors is fascinating, and we have picked some of the more interesting facts to present to you in this article.
Blue Is the Most Popular Color
Despite being looked down upon by people during ancient times, blue managed to turn things in its favor and is now considered to be the favorite color by the majority of the world. Seriously, it is reported that 40% of people consider blue as their favorite. The second place belongs to purple, but far fewer people prefer that one, only 14%.
The Working Class Color
Blue has been considered the color of the working class for quite some time now. Even worse, in Ancient Rome, it was considered to be associated with barbarians sometimes. The reason for this may be because this color was adopted much later than some others.
It never appeared in cave paintings, for instance, so people were more accustomed to it throughout the ages. The wealthier members of the society in Ancient Rome always wore red, white, and black, while blue was worn by those that were on the lower spectrum of the social ladder.
Color Can Affect Taste
Things can taste differently depending on the color of the dish we serve them in. While this may sound silly to some, this claim is the result of research where scientists gave the participants hot chocolate from different colored cups. The colors they used were red, orange, white, and cream. Every one of the participants reported that the hot chocolate in the cream and orange-colored cups tasted better. Weird, but we cannot argue science!
Pink Doesn’t Exist
The debate on whether pink exists or not has been going on for a while, and certain facts can possibly solve it. It is undeniable that we all see the color pink; it exists as a color. But, what does not exist is pink light. Every color should have a corresponding light wavelength; they all appear in the rainbow.
However, pink does not do any of those two things. Pink light only exists naturally when a red light is crossed with violet, but that cannot happen since those colors are on opposite sides of the rainbow. They can never meet naturally, so pink cannot be created that way.
Judges Used To Wear Red
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, red has certain qualities that make it give off a more dramatic feeling than other colors. Maybe this is why judges during the Middle Ages used to wear red robes. It also might have something to do with the fact that in the Bible, the angel that banished Adam and Eve from paradise was dressed in a red robe. Judges wore this color to emphasize the power and authority that the state has given them.
Red Has Specific Symbolic Power
Throughout history, red has continuously been given more symbolic meanings than any other color. Researchers claim that it probably has something to do with the fact that red is often associated with blood and fire.
Michel Pastoureau, the author of the book “Red: The History of a Color,” claims that fire and blood, as two natural elements are always tied to the color red in a way, throughout history. He notes how all societies throughout the ages have made this connection, and it can be found in the majority of dictionaries all over the world.
Mosquitoes Love The Color Blue
Here is a way you can try to get rid of those pesky mosquitoes during the summer - stop wearing dark blue clothes! Research has shown that these insects are attracted to darker colors more, most notably blue. The reason for this is that mosquitoes are visual creatures, and their vision is especially vigorous later in the afternoon.
They search for humans through vision, and darker colors are more natural to notice for them, people wearing blue stand out to mosquitoes. So if you are having problems with them, may we suggest you try wearing something lighter?
Babies Can See Red First
According to recent research, young infants are not able to distinguish colors besides red. Babies that are as young as two weeks cannot see any other colors. Before that, they only see black, gray, and white.
After accomplishing the grand task of recognizing red, infants slowly start to develop and can see the entire spectrum of colors by the time they are five months old.
Color Merchants Were Competitive In The Past
The author of the book “The Secret Lives of Color,” Kassia St. Clair, mentions how merchants that were selling color used to try to compete with each other. In the 13th century, merchants used plants to make the color, namely woad, to make the color blue and madder to make red.
Churches of that era featured large religious paintings on the walls (frescoes), and the merchants that made the color blue would try to convince painters to use it more than red. So things that were typically depicted using red, such as hell or the devil, were then painted with blue.
Colors Can Evoke Childhood Memories
Seeing a color can influence everyone in many different ways. But one thing that we almost always associate with colors is our memories. We can remember objects, feelings, sounds, things that we experienced as far back as our childhood by merely seeing a specific color.
Not only that, sometimes mentioning a color can trigger various memories. We can remember many different things, even movies, songs, or possibly books; such is the power of colors. This has been studied and confirmed many times.