the meaning of the color black.

So all this talk about black things; black clothes, black decor, seeing black everywhere without realizing it, but what does the color mean? I conducted some research to let you know.

First, let’s start with some definitions of “black” from Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster:

  • very sad, gloomy, or calamitous
  • connected with or invoking the supernatural and especially the devil: black magic
  • the color at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to white, absorbing all light incident upon it

My favorite, which might explain why I love the color so much:

  • characterized by absence of light; enveloped in darkness: a black night

If you’re curious for more definitions, click on the links above. There is, however, a deeper meaning to the color black beyond these definitions. I discovered a blog, Sensational Color, created by color expert Kate Smith, where she posted an entry to help describe this deeper meaning.
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  • Black “affects the mind and body by helping to create an inconspicuous feeling, boosting confidence in appearance, increasing the sense of potential and possibility, or producing feelings of emptiness, gloom, or sadness.”

For me, the meaning of the color black relates to what I mentioned in this post, but is also a bit different.

Struggling with depression for years, I identify with the color black. Sure, I like other colors and I’ll buy and wear things of other colors but I don’t have a personal connection to them. It seems ironic, considering black is associated with sadness, emptiness, gloom, and pertaining to depression, but black is my happy color. I love the darkness, the mysterious aspect to it; one can be hidden in it, it is a keeper of secrets.

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“Black is my favorite color. It’s limitless. It’s indefinable. It keeps you guessing. When there’s nothing to see, you’re forced to imagine. It makes every shape, every person more mysterious because you can’t see all the details.”

Katie Kacvinsky, Middle Ground

decorating with black.

Sick of the interior decorations in your home? Thinking of changing it up for a bit? Have you ever thought of decorating with black? I know, sounds weird, right? Black? Black, and darker colors in general, usually make a room seem smaller. But if you decorate carefully enough, black decor can make a room really stand out. I will share some tips with you that I found from articles online.

According to articles from Homedit and About.com, it is best to allow natural light to flow into a room decorated in black. You don’t have to have every piece of furniture black, or paint the walls black; a touch of black here or there will do. I have posted some examples below. You can also find additional examples on the links above.

Huffington Post explains "Why Dark Walls Rule" here.

Huffington Post explains “Why Dark Walls Rule” here. There’s more than just black walls found in that article but still great examples of painting walls dark.

This is an example of using black window trim. You can learn more about this trend on a different blog.

This is an example of using black window trim. You can learn more about this trend on a different blog.

Another trend is black and white, particularly black and white stripes. Seems bold, right? Well if you’re into black as much as I am, you’re into making a bold statement–even for decorating. I mean the black and white stripped trend is awesome.

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Clearly all these rooms were all inspired by Beetlejuice. I mean, how could they not be?

77777Want some more great tips on decorating with black? Check out this article from Setting for Four.

(all images were originally found on Pinterest)

wearing the absence of color.

I believe I was put on this planet to inspire others to wear (and love) the color black, which technically is the absence of color, but that’s not the point.

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Black can be worn from head to toe (like I do most days), black can be just part of your outfit (like mine every other day), and it can accent your outfit. But whatever it may be, black will simply make your outfit better. I mean, come on, it’s just a given.

Wearing black isn’t merely a “gothic” or “emo” thing; there’s so much more to it. Black is elegant, mysterious, chic, classy. Still don’t believe me? Think wearing black is boring because you might blend in? Well, perhaps Angela Tofoya will help me convince you that you can stand out wearing the absence of color. Check out her thoughts on her 5 Non-Boring Ways To Wear All Black.

Still worried you might look goth instead of chic? Even though this article has more summery outfits, it still makes a good point on the chicness of black. Shani Silver explains in her article How To Wear All Black And Look Chic, Not Goth.

Perhaps showing you some of my favorite celebrities wearing black will change your mind. And they seriously rock the (absence of the) color black; and you can too!

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Meghan Trainor (Pinterest)

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Kesha (Pinterest)

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Taylor Momsen (Pinterest)

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Taylor Swift (Pinterest)

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Skye Sweetnam (Pinterest)

You don’t need a reason to wear black, there isn’t a certain event you can or cannot wear black to (even weddings, stay tuned for a future post about that), you can pair it with almost anything but simply stated: just wear black! I suggest wearing black everyday. You can always add a pop of color if you wish.

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If not everyday, once a week will do. On Wednesdays. Oh come on, at least do it for Wednesday Addams.

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black surrounds us.

It’s inevitable; black is everywhere. And I love it.

Perhaps black is your favorite color (as it is mine), or maybe you’re required to dress professionally and find that black is a respectable color, or you choose to wear black daily–and unprofessionally for that matter–(as do I), or your vehicle or motorcycle is black, or you find yourself decorating your house with black things, or making recipes involving blackberries, maybe your dog is even black. But whatever it may be, we come across the color black everyday.

All the things I listed above, and more, you will find me happily blogging about, because after all:

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(found on Pinterest)

I can’t stress enough how much the color black means to me and how it’s become an obsession, if you will, but perhaps this will give you an idea. Here are some of my recent posts from my Instagram where I incorporated two of my favorite things: shoes and, of course, the color black.

One of my favorite pairs of shoes.

One of my favorite pairs of shoes.

Ah yes, my Juicy Couture black and sparkly shoes. They are awesome.

Ah yes, my Juicy Couture black and sparkly shoes. They are awesome.

Always gotta own some Chucks. My friend and I wearing black Chucks on Valentines Day. Because, I mean, what better color to wear that day?

Always gotta own some Chucks. My friend and I wearing black Chucks on Valentine’s Day. Because, I mean, what better color to wear that day? I, of course, am the one also wearing black pants.

But don’t let my obsession with the color black discourage or misguide you, for the image below describes me perfectly.

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Also, a HUGE thanks to my dear friend Charlene Dungan who inspired the topic for my blog and who helped with the second part of my title, “the woman in black.” Check out her blog and her website on PTSD.