Yellow – you either love it or hate it…

For some, yellow gives them a happy, uplifting feeling.  For others, yellow gives them a headache, quite literally especially, the more intense hues.  I was in the latter camp for quite sometime and avoided working with it.  However, in the same week, two very good friends remarked how they loved the colour – we weren’t talking about painting at all – but I took it as a sign to get more familiar with it and its qualities.

I’ve switched camps. I love the warm orange yellows, the deep yellow ochres, Naples yellow, I could eat it, it looks like butter and even the shocking cooler yellows are working for me as a splash of energy.

Yellow is one of the three Primary Colours, along with red and blue.  It is the lightest of the 3 and or course it luminosity and the golden tones are often used to symbolize spirituality. Yellow relates to the SOLAR PLEXUS (manipura) chakra.

Yellow is one of the three colours in the lower half of the visible spectrum.  It is known as a “warm” colour and has a stimulating effect.  It is the colour of the intellect and can be very helpful with study and where concentration is required.  For most people, yellow is a happy colour.  It generally energizes, relieves depression, improves memory and stimulates appetite.  I’m glad I learned to love it.



All about yellow:

  • Positive Meanings of Yellow
  • Spirituality, Enlightenment
  • Luminosity, Sunlight
  • Cheerfulness, Happiness
  • Optimism, Hope
  • Energy, Intuition
  • Manifestation, Opportunity
  • Alertness, Awareness
  • Wisdom, Intelligence

Meanings of Yellow in Other Cultures

In Japan it means Courage and Nobility

In Islam it means Wisdom

Hindus consider it a Sacred color

Buddhist monks wear Saffron Yellow robes

In many Middle East countries it represents Golden Prosperity

In Egypt it is reserved for Mourning

In India it is the color used by Merchants

In China it represents Honor and Royalty


B&W and Grey