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Green with envy? Or simply green around the ears? It is not only a colour, but a verb. It signifies growth, fertility, rebirth and movement. For the Irish it is a lucky colour and for Muslims it’s holy. It is the colour of nature and the perfect harmoniser in general.

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Laurie Pressman,Vice-President of the Pantone Colour Institute starts off by explaining how the human eye sees more green than any other colour out there. We see hues of green in grass, foliage, meadows and the list goes on. We associate green with many things apart from nature, for example St. Patrick’s Day or EXIT signs.

With more than 20 years experience in the world of colour and trend, Laurie shares her expertise on green and its connection to our bodies:

Lying in the center of the colour spectrum between the composure of blue and the activity of yellow, green is known as the great harmonizer. Often described as a restful shade, physiologically green affects the nervous system, causing us to breathe slowly and deeply, helping the heart to relax by slowing the production of stress hormones.



Our latest green shade is the fertile Forest Biome, a deeply luxuriant blue influenced green so instantly evocative of nature and the comforting feelings the idea of nature engenders. – Laurie Pressman, PANTONE

Pantone boasts 210 new colour additions to the PANTONE Fashion, Home & Interiors palette,ranging from natural to earthy yellow greens, Split Pea and Guacamole, to olive greens, like Sea Turtle and Kalamata, to more deep blue influenced greens, such as Rain Forest. Lighter shades with a citrus twist include Lime Popsicle and Evening Primrose. Pantone continues to delve into green as a colour of possibility:

Leafy greens connect with newness, youth and growth. Heralded by the annual emergence each spring of tender green shoots, a majority of people see green as symbolic of nature and new beginnings as green refreshes, restores and reaffirms that the seasons repeat in exactly the same sequence each year.


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No green cars at the racetracks? Definitely not. It is considered an unlucky shade and green cars are not too popular in this particular sport. Colour Matters further shares some points to ponder:

Feng Shui claims that green eases absent-mindedness, nervousness and rudeness.


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Colour Matters looks at the unique meanings of green in different cultures:

  • In China, Green may symbolize infidelity. A green hat symbolizes that a man’s wife is cheating on him.
  • In Israel, green may symbolize bad news.
  • In Japan, the words for blue and green (“ao”) are the same.
  • In Spain, racy jokes are “green.”
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Love green as much as we do? Read more on EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF A COLOUR: GREEN or if you have a like beautiful pastels,  EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF A COLOUR: PINK is your next must-read.

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