As we leave the month of February, Valentine’s Day, and National Wear Red Day (www.goredforwomen.com) behind us, let’s not forget the color red has more personal associations than any other. Red is the symbolic color of the heart and the rose and closely associated with romantic love.
INTERESTING TIDBITS REGARDING THE COLOR RED
Red Intensifies Physical Reactions
According to a new Study published in the journal Emotion, seeing red causes people to react faster and more forcefully. According to the author of the study, Andrew Elliot of the University of Rochester, bodies react to red, a culturally ingrained signal of danger, as if we’ve seen a threat (quoted by MSNBC). The typical reaction isn’t long lasting and people are not even aware that it occurs. However, many studies by different psychologists suggest that activities in which a brief bursts of strength and speed is needed, red may have an impact.
According to Eva Heller (from the book, Psycholgie de la couleur – effets et symboliques)
Red is the color that most attracts attention. Surveys show it is the color most frequently associated with visibility, proximity, and extroverts.
Other studies have shown that red stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. The color Red also tends to increase confidence and encourage action.
Red Makes Men More Desirable to Women
In a separate study conducted by Elliot (cited above), men in red are “more attractive, more powerful and more sexually desirable to women,” (quoted by CBS News). Separate research has found that men also find women in red more attractive because the color suggests “sexual receptivity.”
Red Tends to Stimulate Appetite
For this reason, red is often used in many restaurant settings.
When Focus and Concentration are Required, Red is Shown to Have a Negative Impact
Numerous studies concerning productivity indicate red can have a significant negative effect. In another study by Elliot (University of Rochester) and researchers from the University of Munich, they determined that seeing “even a hint of red” on an exam can negatively affect a test-taker’s performance “to a significant degree.”
Red is Stimulating and Exciting
Red is uniquely recognized as stimulating, exciting, and the amount of red is directly related to perceived energy levels. In design, red is utilized to draw attention and the shrewd use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a specific element.
The Roman God of War
Red is the color of blood and of revolution. It is associated with sacrifice, danger and courage. In Roman mythology red is associated with the god of war, Mars.
Red is always the top color of a rainbow (ROY G BIV). Interestingly, we see red at sunrise and sunset because the path of the sunlight through the atmosphere to the eye is longest, whereas the longer wavelengths of blue and green are scattered, rendering them invisible.
In China, Red is the color associated with luck and happiness. The art of feng shui advocates painting the front door of a home red to summon prosperity for its residents.
Fruits and Vegetables
According to Registered Dietitian and Professor Lona Sandon, “There are many red fruits and vegetables to choose from and they each bring something a little bit different to the table,” (cited in WebMD). Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants — such as lycopene and anthocyanins — that may do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people aged 60 and older). Antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals.
Bees don’t Pollinate Red Flowers
Bees can’t see the color red, though they do see all other bright colors. Interestingly, red flowers are usually pollinated by birds, butterflies, bats, and wind, rather than bees.
Do You Drive a Red Vehicle? (from: http://psychicjoanne.com/hub/What-the-Colour-of-Your-Car-Says-About-You)
It has been said that a person’s vehicle tells more about their personality than any other personal object. If you own a red car, then you are associated with danger, excitement and speed. Red is an exciting colour that embodies vitality, fun, ambition and achievement.
Red gives off a high energy vibration that has been found to raise the blood pressure and stimulate the senses, and those who own and drive red cars may be inclined to take more risks than others. While red cars don’t necessarily go any faster than any other car, the owners of Red cars are most often the ones trying to get ahead of the pack.
Those who choose to drive a red car often resonate with high-action, sex appeal, moving quickly and being flashy.
A red car can indicate a passionate person who likes to take charge of situations, and who at times can seem a little ‘wild’. Red car owners are not afraid to get things done.
Red cars denote those who have ‘high performance’ energy and drive, and who are full of zest, courage, ambition and verve. They can be impatient characters who live their lives at a fast pace. People who drive red cars are often enthusiastic about life and are passionate about their interests and themselves.
Those who drive a red car can be described as being extroverted and ‘out there’. They have a ‘go-getter’ type of personality and enjoy adventure and action.
Those who drive red cars are ‘take charge’ kinds of people who like to get things done quickly and efficiently.
Red car owners can be impulsive and aggressive and can be prone to emotional ups and downs in quick succession.
Physically aggressive types of people will be attracted to a shiny red car.
Bright red subconsciously sends others the message that the owner is in a high income bracket.
Burgundy gives a similar message, but is less obvious.
SONGS WITH RED IN THE TITLE:
- Flowers are Red – Harry Chapin
- In Red Square – Al Stewart
- Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh
- Little Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
- Little Red Rooster – Rolling Stones
- Little Red Wagon – Miranda Lambert
- Ol’ Red – Blake Shelton
- One More Red Nightmare – King Crimson
- Panama Red – New Riders of the Purple Sage
- Red – Sammy Hagar
- Red Camaro – Keith Urban
- Red Dirt Road – Brooks and Dunn
- Red House – Jimi Hendrix
- Red Lipstick – Rhianna
- Redneck Friend – Jackson Browne
IDIOMS UTILIZING THE WORD RED:
- Take a red eye (overnight flight)
- A red herring (something used to distract from the subject/topic at hand)
- A red-letter day (important day)
- To be in the red (owe money)
- Paint the town red (celebrate, usually with too much to drink)
- Red carpet (lavish, treatment of honor)
- Red blooded (energetic)
- Red hot (exciting)
- Cut through the red tape (overcome excessive rules and regulations of beauracracy)
- Red in the face (suffer embarrassment or shame)
- Red as a beet (red in the face, typically from embarrassment)
- Caught red-handed (catch someone doing something wrong)
- See Red (to be angry)
MOVIES WITH RED IN THE TITLE:
- Woman in Red
- Red Heat
- Red Dawn
- Red Riding Hood
- Red Planet
- The Hunt for Red October
- The Thin Red Line
- Red Dragon
- Red Planet
- Where the Red Fern Grows
- Three Colors: Red
- The Red Balloon
- The Red Violin
PEOPLE WHO USE THE NAME RED OR HAVE RED AS A NICKNAME
- Stacey Farber (Nickname: Red)
- Ariana Grande (Nickname: Little Red)
- Red Buttons
- Red Skelton
- Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman
- Redd Foxx
- Conan O’Brien (Nickname: The Big Red)
- Reba MacIntyre (Nickname: Big Red)
- Sinbad (Nickname: Red)
- Red Barber
- Red Auerbach
- Red Holloway
- Red Adair
- Red Allen
- Erik the Red
- Manfred von Richthofen (Nickname: The Red Baron)
- Michael Schumacher (Nickname: The Red Baron)
SAYING RED IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
- Armenian: karmir
- Bulgarian: cherven
- Chinese: Hóng
- Croation: crvena
- Czech: červený
- Dutch: rood
- Filipino: pula
- Finnish: punainen
- French: rouge
- German: rot
- Greek: kókkinos
- Hungarian: piros
- Indonesia: warna merah
- Italian: rosso
- Japanese: Aka
- Korean: ppalgan
- Malay: merah
- Mongolian: ulaan
- Polish: czerwony
- Portuguese: vermelho
- Russian: krasny
- Spanish: rojo, colorado
- Swahili: nyekundu
- Swedish/Danish/Norwegian: rod
- Turkish: kırmızı
- Vietnamese: đỏ
A FEW TEAMS THAT CHOSE RED FOR UNIFORMS
- Baseball: Cincinnati Reds, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals
- Basketball: Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls. Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks
- Hockey: Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, Arizona Coyotes
- Football: Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals
- Soccer: Olympiacos (Greece), Arsenal (UK), Manchester United (UK), Beyer Leverkusen (Germany), AC Milan (Italy)
- Universities: Alabama, Harvard, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Stanford, Wisconsin
- National Teams: Austria, Canada, China, Cuba, Switzerland, Turkey
CORPORATE BRANDS & LOGOS
- Lellan (shameless plug)
- Red Bull
- Kia Motors
If you know of any other interesting information about the color red, please post them in the comments section.