The Power of Colors in Art, Pt. 3


If you’ve read our previous blogs about colors, you’re well aware of our attitude's influence from differing hues. From the passionate feelings that the color red brings to the calmness we feel when we see blue, each color has its meaning. Bright and vivid colors aren’t the only hues that can ignite emotions within us. More muted and understated hues also evoke responses and shift our mood. In this final blog in our color series, we’ll explain the meanings behind the shades brown, black, gray, and white.


The first color we’ll be discussing is brown. Brown symbolizes reliability and stability and has a soothing effect. This hue's protective impact offers a sense of protection and support to those in its presence. Additionally, brown is the color of simplicity, hence the term brown bag lunch. It increases our appreciation for simple things and helps us to remain grounded. This dependable color also has negative connotations associated with it. Many may see brown as a boring and dull color since it’s not as striking as other colors.


Despite its lack of bright pigment, black is a compelling color. Black symbolizes sophistication and protection and has an intimidating hue. This forceful color represents authority and offers a feeling of protection and security to those in its presence. It’s dominant darkness often mystifies viewers which is why it is sometimes perceived as aggressive. The formal and elegant appearance of black also presents a feeling of prestige and is why we often hear the phrase “black-tie affair.” On the other hand, the darkness of this color can lead to somber feelings and pessimism.


Gray is by far viewed as the most neutral hue in the color wheel. The color of practicality and compromise, gray, is stable and indifferent. It gives off a relaxing and stabilizing effect and has a peaceful composure. The reliability of the color gray is what soothes those who are in its presence. Some, however, view gray as an indecisive or sad color thus the saying “gray area” to describe something unclear.


The last color on our list is white. It’s well-known that white is the symbol of purity and cleanliness. This pure hue perfectly encompasses all colors. The simplicity of white provides clarity and refreshes the mind. When we view white, we’re often given a sense of hope and openness. It makes us feel good to be in the presence of this color as it is the hue of perfection and self-reflection. Despite the goodness and innocence associated with this balanced color, many interpret white as a boring and empty hue.


While the colors we’ve discussed aren’t as vibrant as others, they are just as powerful! We hope you’ve discovered a new-found appreciation for these neutral colors. If you haven’t read our previous blogs on warm and cool-hued colors, be sure to check them out to learn all about the influences and meanings behind the other colors of the rainbow.


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