To make training for weight loss or muscle growth more effective, put on red clothes before class: under the influence of this color you will put more effort. And to get rid of causeless irritability, try to design a room in cool colors. Coloring the subject can affect our well-being and mood. So some things got their colors by chance.
At Happy Worthy Life, the stories of these objects seemed interesting to us. Read to the end, and you will find out why the red carpet is laid in front of the stars and the presidents and what is the connection between the special vest and Kazimir Malevich.
1. The color of the icons of most social networks is blue. And it’s not without reason
Many social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Linkedln, Vkontakte) designed their icons in blue tones. They did this for the following reasons:
- Blue is one of the most popular colors. 42% of men and 29% of women prefer it to others.
- Shades of blue and blue remind us of the peaceful expanse of rivers and lakes, of a cloudless sky (on Twitter the image of the sky and a bird is used directly), and therefore cause people to feel safe, calm and trust. And this encourages us to use the network, share our photos and thoughts.
- Blue is the opposite of “forbidding” red, and therefore gives a sense of freedom and is inclined to openness. And light shades of this color look friendly and set up for communication.
- This color involves but does not distract. As a rule, the internal dies are made in the same color as the icon. The blue color is non-aggressive, therefore, after we went online, we can focus on communication or reading content.
Interestingly, in Japan, the use of blue lights on platforms allowed an 84% reduction in the number of people taking their own lives to the station. And although there is no exact evidence that the pacifying effect was obtained precisely because of this color, according to the example of Japan, such lights were installed in Scotland.
2. The color of the cloth for the pool table is green. This is an echo of his long past
Modern billiards evolved from ground billiards, which were played on the lawn. That is why the table cover is always made green. Ground billiards included several games in which they played with a hammer with a long handle (mace), wooden balls and pins. In Europe, these games appeared no later than the XIV – XV centuries. and enjoyed popularity among the nobility.
3. The points on the edges of the dice 1 and 4 are red. It happened under the influence of the Chinese
On the western dice all dots are black. But on Chinese cubes, the points of faces 1 and 4 are colored red, and the rest are blue or black. In addition, a larger recess is made in them for the unit in order to balance it with the six.
According to Chinese legend, one of the emperors of the Ming dynasty ordered to make dots on the four red, who managed to beat the empress, having made three times that the cube turned this face. However, the most likely assumption is that the unit and four were painted happy red to neutralize their failure. When line 1 fell, in many games the move passed to another player, and the number four in Chinese sounds like the word “death”, so it is already considered unlucky in itself.
4. The most popular colors for office markers are yellow and light green. And that’s why
Highlighters are filled with transparent fluorescent inks that can glow in dim light. They come in different colors – red, orange, blue, pink, purple. However, yellow and light green markers became the most popular, since only they do not leave shadows when black and white photocopying.
The explanation for this is extremely simple: the copier converts all colors to black or white. The yellow marks in the text are too pale for the device – it sees them close to white and does not print them.
5. The path that politicians and stars make is usually red. This color used to inspire superstitious people.
Spreading the red carpet has always been a sign of special honor. For the first time Aeschylus mentions him in his play. At the arrival of her royal husband, Agamemnon Clytemnestra spread a red carpet in front of him, but for a long time he did not dare to step on it. Such a thing could be intended only for God, and not for a mortal man.
Since dye cochineal remained a very expensive commodity in the 17th century, red items were indicative of their owner’s status. Only after the 18th century, when synthetic dyes were invented, fabrics of this color became more accessible.
However, one of the first red carpet was not laid before the celebrity and not before the head of state, but before the train. The New York Express delivered people to Chicago several hours faster, and to emphasize the prestige and uniqueness of this vehicle, the red carpet was laid along it at its first launch in 1902.
And since 1922, this attribute of luxurious life has been appropriated by Hollywood. At the premiere of the film “Robin Hood” at the Egyptian Theater, the red carpet was laid out in front of the lead actor Douglas Fairbanks.
6. The most popular color for airplanes is white. This is good for both passengers and airlines.
There are a number of reasons why white paint is used for airplanes:
- A coating of this color repels the sun’s rays, and because of this, the vehicle heats up less. This not only reduces the cooling time of the aircraft, but also helps to partially avoid the damage caused by radiation and overheating of the hull.
- On the white fuselage, damage, cracks and dents, oil leakage and metal corrosion are better visible. Finding them in a timely manner means saving someone’s life.
- Colored planes fade and lose their appearance faster than white. And they require additional costs to update coverage. And to apply more and more layers of paint is not only unprofitable, it also increases the weight of the vehicle.
In addition, the white color of airplanes contrasts with the blue of the sky, and therefore birds distinguish between them and less likely to collide with aircraft. And such collisions harm not only living creatures – they also damage aircraft.
7. Cards in football – green, yellow and red. Easy to guess why
Until 1970, all comments in football were made orally. This led to various incidents. At the 1962 World Cup, the match between Chile and Italy was one of the most violent. One of the players, Italian Giorgio Ferrini, constantly violated the rules of the game and did not respond to whistles. Therefore, Ken Aston, an English judge, decided to remove him from the field. But since Ferrini did not know English, he ignored it and continued to play. It was possible to remove Giorgio from the field with the help of the police.
Only the next day, the football player learned from the newspapers that he had received a comment. And Ken Aston, in order to avoid such problems in the future, by analogy with a traffic light, suggested using red (for gross violations) and yellow cards (as a warning). Such a language was understood in any country.
By the way, in addition to red and yellow cards in football, sometimes green ones are also used. They are not shown to players, but are noted in the protocol. Cards of this color mark players who have shown behavior worthy of imitation. And the former UEFA president Michel Platini suggested introducing a white card that would show the player that he should leave the field for 10 minutes.
8. A popular color for special vests is orange. And Kazimir Malevich is “to blame” for this
It’s no coincidence that Kazimir Malevich created his famous “Black Square” (as well as squares of a different color). He was one of the first to think about the psychology of color. The art critic Paola Volkova said that the artist painted the walls of small rooms in different colors, sent typists there and loaded them with paper work. And I watched how their mood, state of health or performance changes. Soon, he could predict who will have a headache and who will do the job twice as fast.
Dressing road workers and builders in orange overalls was Malevich’s idea. It is known that this bright color is clearly visible in bad weather – even in fog and twilight. It attracts attention and has a signal function – it is not for nothing that life jackets and traffic cones are also often made in shades of orange.
9. The dressing gown of doctors is white because doctors wanted to be like people of science. But the color choice was unsuccessful
Until now, approximately 72% of healthcare providers worldwide wear white coats. It is generally accepted that they emphasize cleanliness and neatness, contributes to the trust of patients. They are also easily recognizable in any environment. Doctors began to wear white coats as early as the 19th – early 20th centuries, because they wanted to stand out among many healers and charlatans. Scientists wore a white coat (it was probably easiest to wash and bleach), and the doctors followed their example, thereby emphasizing their connection with science and knowledge.
Malevich considered the white color unsuitable for the medical staff, since it intensifies the pain. And so he suggested that doctors wear turquoise clothing, which has a calming effect. For surgeons, a uniform in blue or green shades is convenient for an important reason: thanks to it, the eyes can relax and rest. Surgeons look for a long time at the blood and internal organs of a person, and over time, their eyes begin to distinguish with difficulty shades of red. Green things on the opposite side of the color spectrum help restore clarity of vision.
Have you noticed how different colors affect you? What shades prevail in your wardrobe and interior?