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Color Theory: Sweet Dreams with Green

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Jessica
07.24.12

Ever wondered why the staging area of theaters and TV studios is called the green room? One widely accepted origin dates back to Shakespearean theatre, when actors would hang out in a plant-filled room before going on stage because they thought the extra moisture was good for their voices.

Hamlet and Lear weren’t the only ones who thought green was good. The color has often been used to represent life, nature, fertility and healing. Green is also the most dominant color in the natural world, meaning you’ll see more green than any other color during your life.

Fun fact: Green doesn’t always have positive connotations! It can also represent sickness, envy and death. Vincent Van Gogh once said he “attempted to express terrible human passions in greens."

These days, advertisers use green to subliminally convey cleanliness, wholesomeness and health, so don’t be fooled into thinking a green label means a “green” product! Always read the ingredients.

When you’re decorating your home, remember that green is the most restful color for the human eye. Use olive green in your bedroom to fall asleep extra fast, or add forest green to your man cave to maximize relaxation.

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