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Chinese New Year… the significance of red

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It’s Chinese New Year and red is all around us! Also known as the Spring Festival, it’s one of the largest celebratory events for the Chinese community. Red (紅 hóng) is not only the cultural colour of the Chinese people, it’s also their primary celebratory colour.

In China, red relates to fire and energy and has come to symbolise vitality, celebration, good fortune, good luck and prosperity.

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Why red robins are a symbol of Christmas in the UK

Why red robins are a symbol of Christmas in the UK.

If you have ever wondered why red robins are associated with Christmas, postmen in Victorian Britain were nicknamed “robins” because of their red-breasted coloured uniforms. So the robin on the Christmas card came to represent the postman who delivered the card.

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colour in nature… when red is really orange

Colour in nature - when red is really orange - Robin red breast.

BBC QI has to be one of my favourite shows. And I especially love it when they have questions relating to colour. In this particular show, they talked about colour in nature and when red is really orange.

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Red revealed as the sexiest lipstick colour

Red revealed as the sexiest lipstick colour.

 

Did you see the article in this week’s UK Daily Mail ‘Giving pink, purple and orange the kiss off: Red revealed as the sexiest lipstick colour.’

Scientists at the University of Manchester found that red lipstick draws attention to the mouth, most notably from the opposite sex.

This is because red is the colour of masculine energy. It is also the colour of passion and lust… need I say more.

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bbc radio wales interview…wearing yellow gets you noticed Pippa Middleton style

BBC Radio Wales - Colour interview with Jason Mohammad.

The thing I love about radio, they are really tuned into the news of the day, as it’s happening. As a colour expert, I never know when I’m going to be called to comment on the colour stories of the day.

So it was no different last Friday morning when I received a call from Jason’s researcher, the lovely Angela asking if I could be on air in an hour to give my insights on some news stories relating to colour…

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why red poppies are used to symbolise remembrance day

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On the  eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918 marked the signing of the Armistice, signalling the end of World War One.

The first sign of life that rose from the barren battlefields was the red poppy and they has come to symbolise the memory of those who sacrificed their lives.

(Day 11 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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colourful food… why are toffee apples red?

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I was asked a question from one of my Twitter followers, @AngelaClutton “Quick colour Q for you: toffee is toffee colour (obvs) yet some toffee apples have bright red coating. Colour psychology?!?!”

(Day 7 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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colour expert’s favourite colour is …

30 day blog challenge - colour expert's favourite colour - orange.

I was asked a question from one of my Twitter followers @Jilly_Pepper “What is your favourite #colour #color I wonder?”

(Day 4 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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did you know there were eleven basic colour terms?

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When Brent Berlin and Paul Kay introduced basic colour terms in their 1969 book ‘Basic color terms: Their Universality and Evolution’, it was the start of a new way of thinking about colour terms and colour naming.

(Day 3 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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business branding colour … meaning of red

Business branding colour … red

Brands whose personality projects the qualities of red are outgoing, lively and energetic. They definitely want to get noticed!

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personal branding colours…. what are you saying when you wear red

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If you want to been seen, be noticed, then you can’t go past the colour red. It’s literally shouting for attention ‘look at me!’ Red isn’t a colour for the faint hearted or for the shy, retiring violet. But it will certainly be a colour to bring them out of their shell!

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valentine’s day… what is the colour of love?

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Red has come to symbolise ‘I love you’ and this is nowhere more evident than on Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, it is the man who will give a gift for the one they love, admire… desire.  Given red is the colour of masculine energy, it’s no surprise red is the most popular choice of colour.

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