All About the Colour:   Green

Find out more about the psychological impact of the colour green.

All about the colour green - monstera image by Chris Lee at Unsplash

What do you think about the colour green? Personally I love green. In fact green is one of my two favourite colours, the other being purple; a great combination!

As a graphic designer colour is incredibly important and so it’s a huge part of my life. Colour has the potential to really make a design stand out so it’s important to consider the options when choosing one for a project. The colour wheel and colour psychology in general can be a great help when making colour choices.

In this article I will run through the main colour psychology points regarding green. I will also show you great examples of how green is used by other small businesses in their product offering.

So let’s find out all about the colour green…

The psychology behind shades of green

Green is a very popular and versatile colour. With shades ranging from earthy moss, vibrant emerald, and acidic lime, it’s hard not to love it. The key is to choose your shade of green carefully, taking into consideration the psychology behind the colour and your intended use.

These days the colour green predominantly makes us think of plant life, the outdoors, and being environmentally friendly. But green also has associations with peacefulness, growth, luck, luxury, and style. For example, bright greens can be energising, subdued shades link us to the earth and nature, and rich dark greens suggest wealth.

But we must not forget that every colour has negative connotations too. While green obviously evokes growth, fertility, and nature; it also brings to mind greed, envy, and physical illness. Phrases such as “turning green”, “green with envy”, and “green-eyed monster” have been used throughout history.

Green: A symbol of life, rebirth, and nature

Associated with nature and positivity, green can inspire feelings of harmony, growth, safety, and success. It is the colour of spring time, budding ideas and new beginnings and can help us feel motivated and optimistic when used in our surroundings.

close up of green leaves by Bart Zimny on Unsplash

Green: Evoking status and wealth

Green can also be a symbol of status, wealth, and prosperity. Rich, dark green are especially good at suggesting luxury and abundance.

Green: Signifying jealousy, decay, and deceit

Did you know? Though green has been associated with sickness since Ancient Greek times. It is because of William Shakespeare that we also associate it with jealousy. The idiom “green-eyed monster” was first used in The Merchant of Venice, and “green-eyed jealousy” featured in Othello!

Green in colour theory

First introduced by Sir Isaac Newton, the colour wheel is a visual representation of colours arranged according to their wavelength. A colour wheel allows us to see the geometric relationships between primary, secondary, and tertiary colours.

Let’s take a look at the colours that work well with green.














Check out these small 
 businesses embracing   the colour green…

The products included below are all from small independently owned business that have made use of the versatility and popularity of green. From the palest of green nightgowns, to the vibrancy of peridot, and the dark green of a crocodile! Check out their websites and be inspired by their love of green.

1970s Upcycled Green Night Dress

Not only is the nightdress itself a gorgeous pale green but it’s upcycled so it’s environmentally green too.

Darlene Dress

This beautiful dress features a lovely shades of green and earthy tones to create this stunning garment.

Indoor Plant Art Print

This purple potted indoor plant is partnered with a lovely vibrant green background.

Peridot Ring Set in 9ct Gold

This exquisitely made ring features a Peridot gemstone, a gorgeous shade of green.

I Believe In Me Sweatshirt

A vibrant and uplifting sweatshirt that makes use of a great complementary palette of green and pink.

Green Velvet Clutch bag

This gorgeous dark green art deco clutch bag oozes sophistication with its 1930s style.

Upcycled Vintage Sideboard

This fabulous vintage sideboard was painted in Fired Earth Malachite with a gold leaf design. Pure luxury!

Fabric Crocodile Head

This wonderful crocodile head is created by Heather Breed using offcuts of a rich dark green fabric.

Ditsy Print Underwired Headband

This super cute headband features an adorable spring/summer inspired green patterned fabric.