Red – What Does it Symbolise?

Red – What Does it Symbolise?


Think of the colour red and you instantly think of:

  • Love
  • Lust
  • Desire
  • Blood
  • Fire
  • Passion
  • Heat
  • Longing
  • Sexuality
  • Sensitivity
  • Romance
  • Strength
  • Joy
  • Leadership
  • Courage
  • Vigor
  • Willpower
  • Rage
  • Anger
  • Danger
  • Wrath
  • Stress
  • Action
  • Vibrance
  • Radiance
  • Determination

Yes quite a few extremes.

The 40th wedding anniversary is usually a gift of ruby red.

A red rose without thorns is a symbol or passion and a red rose with thorns symbolises struggle and upheaval.

The colour red can also affect our behaviour, to much and their can be a loss of temper, anger and oppressive behaviour and yet to little red in our lives can make us feel lethargic, cautious and whiny.  To get emotions under control researches have suggested adding more green to have a calming affect and more red to help eliminate lethargy.

In some cultures brides where red as it represents joy and celebration.  In China red is a good luck colour and worn to bring luck, however, in South Africa it is the colour of mourning and loss.

There are different shades and tints of red and just some of them are referred to as:

  • Tomato
  • Indian Red
  • Scarlet
  • Crimson
  • Vermilion
  • Carmine
  • Maroon
  • Ruby
  • Burgundy
  • Rose
  • Madder
  • Rouge
  • Blood Red
  • Brick
  • Blush
  • Fire Engine Red
  • Cinnabar
  • Russet
  • Rust
  • Venetian Red

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