Red vs. Blue

Red vs. Blue Color Perceptions
Have you ever wondered what color to wear? Which color is more appealing to the eye? Which one people prefer? What about blue and red? Both are primary colors, but have you ever noticed the calm mood of blue oppose to the bold mood of red? Blue with its calming effects, tends to be favored by more people than red. The question is why? This essay compares the different aspects of red and blue as a color, in art and fashion, and in various cultures.
Red is the color of blood, fire, and wine. Seeing red alludes strong emotions. It evokes love, anger, passion, violence, and intrigue. It is a hot, strong color that can cause a range of conflicting emotions. Red is both Cupid and the Devil. It has dual color symbolism. On one hand red is energizing and aggressive. In direct contrast it is used for “stop” signs around the world today. In addition, red is such a strong color that studies show it can also create a physical effect. Seeing red can increase blood pressure and the rate of respiration. It can also be associated with your cheeks turning red from anger. It is a very powerful color.
While red tends to be a dramatic color, blue tends to be a calming color with both stable and soothing aspects. It can either be strong and steadfast, or light and friendly. Blue has multiple meanings. People normally associate blue with freedom, strength, new beginnings, loyalty, power, protection, optimism, and better opportunities. These associations are what make blue such a popular color. Over 50 percent of people claim blue as their favorite color. A light blue is cool, relaxing, and peaceful. A midnight blue can have a sedative effect. Clear blue is uplifting, while a dark or navy blue may be depressing and restrictive. Blue is another example of dual color symbolism. Aside from the associations of blue skies and cool water with their positive meanings, blue can also mean sadness or depression. This is why we sometimes say “feeling blue” or...