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.
- very sad, gloomy, or calamitous
- connected with or invoking the supernatural and especially the devil: black magic
My favorite, which might explain why I love the color so much:
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.
Bourn Creative, a design company and creative studio, has a blog on its site where the meaning of the color black is discussed, the post is by Jennifer Bourn, a designer and detail strategist for Bourn Creative.
- 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.
“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.”