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Did you know that colours are often associated with moods, temperatures, warnings, etc. For example:
These are traditional emotional associations:
We are becoming more aware of how colours can affect us in many ways in our daily lives.
Fashions for colours inside houses, in furniture and clothing have changed a great deal, especially through the 1940's to the present day. This is partly because of better ways to make paints and dyes. There has been greater choice of colours, as new pigments and dyestuffs are discovered. Synthetic dye colours can be much brighter and richer than in the past. For instance, industry can now make fluorescent colours.
Pale colours may be used to try to make a room look larger, and darker colours to make a room look smaller. Pale colours reflect more light than dark colours, so if a room is painted with pale colours, the room appears lighter and bigger.
Reds and oranges close in on you, white and pale colours
give a feeling of distance.
Colour plays an important role in choosing our food and drink. Certain foods appear unappetising if they are the 'wrong' colour, e.g. blue mashed potatoes or black baked beans. Would you like to eat red bananas or purple chips?
Results of a recent survey in Germany of popular colours:
From these figures can you answer the following questions:
Due to hardship in the middle of the First World War, pay rises were awarded to the Yorkshire Dyers' Federation on 22nd July 1916 as follows:
What shape is that colour ?
A survey in Germany discovered that certain shapes tend to be associated with particular colours:
Do you agree? Ask other people you know what they think.