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Chlorophyll green from the book ‘Colorama’

The green colour …

and its instability!

Green as a pigment is not a primary colour: it can be obtained by mixing blue and yellow. In some contexts, it becomes a colour with primary meaning: from environmental politician, to the use of the name for some disciplines (e.g. engineering and green architecture). Today the green makes us think of bucolic scenes in favour of the environment, perceiving it as a peaceful nuance, of economic well-being and good taste, it stimulates trust. It represents the colour of the balance, being in the center of the visible spectrum.

-A brief historical mention-

In the history of the West, unlike the East (with a positive symbolic meaning as in the Koran and in the figure of Muhammad), it is also a colour with controversial acceptance in its definition.

Going back to the Hellenic civilization, the prejudice already exists with Platone: no to the colour deriving from the mixture of two or more colours.

The suspicion continues in the Middle Ages, especially in textiles, with the restrictions imposed by the corporations that limit the field of action to the use of specific colours only.

The problem in the Renaissance concerns the pictorial art and the use of the poor quality of green pigments, which are not very flexible to remain fixed in the background. Following the introduction of oil painting (which by its nature is well suited to mixing) the taboo decays.

Painters such as Tiziano and then Veronese (colorist experimenter of unusual techniques) will be able to give that touch of brilliance in the use of copper-based greens (tendency to get brown).

Even late 19th century artists struggle to find reliability in various tones (see Seurat’s study and use in many of his works).

Several elements in history have contributed to making green a colour symbolically associated with fickleness, envy (green with envy) with evil and poison, as evidenced by the use at the beginning of the 20th century of new pigments based on copper arsenic, used in material different. Incorrectly it has been associated with demons and superstitions.

Green colour: symbol of perseverance and knowledge

This colour exudes a sense of balance, compassion and harmony. It transmits love for everything related to the natural kingdom by promoting the right contact with the laws of nature and with respect for traditions. It has a calming effect, instils a sense of justice and greatness of mind. It gives tenacity and perseverance.

On the other hand, it creates a kind of resistance to changes and tension. It is the colour of the self, of hope, of vitality, often of the accumulated energy which leads to self-control and the need to dominate both people and events.

Those who prefer this colour tend to exalt themselves by feeling superior to others, wanting to make a good impression. Feeling the best, he does not accept changes in his ways of acting. Conservative, habitual, sometimes insecure.

Those who reject this colour are often suffocated by the grip of obligations and feel compelled to perform unwanted actions. He often feels frustrated because he believes he does not live up to his high expectations.

Green indicates a stable and calm personality, who does not like the unexpected, despite the fact that he likes to run for the achievement of ambitious goals. He prefers to follow projects in solitude, since he hardly adapts to the group.

According to Buddhists, it is the colour that best represents life. It is connected to the heart chakra, therefore of feelings and pure love. According to Indian philosophy it is capable of positively stimulating thoughts through harmonic vibrations.

In chromotherapy, green infuses the calm necessary to achieve one’s goals. The same green stones give the sense of balance and grounding with the environment. In the human aura it represents that “extra” energy, which leads to the tendency to want to control others, regardless of their real will. In its negative connotation, it brings tension at the moment of change.

… Colour that symbolizes the need to start again, to turn around, to resist. The colour of rebirth.

And the green in the furniture? (Short notes)

Almost all the greens are able to give the environment great brightness and in addition green is one of the colours that more easily lends itself to being combined with both modern and more classic environments. Green regenerates and cheers.

Surrounding yourself with plants is an easy way to sweeten your home …

When considering the palette of greens, it should be focused and essential, focusing on decorations and patterns for a single wall or ceiling, with the intention of also giving depth to the room (bright and lush greens). Comfortable and inviting colour in medium and light shades, for the living room and bedrooms. In the choice, the insertion and use of fabrics (cotton satin, silk, velvet) is also important, accompanied by vintage objects, ceramic accessories, glass: various textures for interesting contrasts! I love the very dark green (forest green), intriguing and dramatic, an intense and timeless colour.