Like us, do you too have a fetish for doors? We got a glimpse of the vibrant and colorful architecture and interiors of Latin America through the Mexicolor and the Color blocking posts from earlier this month. Well, the color splashed doors of Latin American homes particularly caught my eye from these posts.
However, did you know that colors have a variety of associations within North American culture alone, and can mean something radically different to other regions of the world! It was fascinating to learn how one color could mean hospitality and warmth for one culture while death and mourning in another.
I thought it would be fun to associate the colors of the doors of Latin America with what they signify locally versus in North America and so here we are. Let’s take a look!
North America: Red has both positive and negative associations. It represents love, passion and excitement, but it is also the color of danger and power. It is commonly even associated with Christmas.
Latin America: In Mexico and some other Latin American nations, red is the color of religion when used with white.
North America: Orange signifies the fall season beginning in September with the start of school through to Halloween and Thanksgiving in late November. It is also associated with warmth and citrus fruits.
Latin America: Orange is considered sunny; it is also associated with the earth in some countries because of the reddish-orange ground color.
North America: The color yellow is associated with transportation in the USA — taxis and school buses are yellow and so are many different types of street signages.
Latin America: On the contrary, yellow is associated with death and mourning in many Latin cultures.
North America: Have you noticed that many bank logos are blue and that’s because blue represents trust and authority. This color is also masculine and used to represent the birth of a boy. Blue is also considered to be calming, soothing and peaceful although it can also be associated with depression or sadness.
Latin America: Because of the high Catholic population of Central and South America, blue is often associated with religion as the color of the Virgin Mary’s robe or headscarf. Moreover, blue can cause an emotional stir because of its association with mourning. It is also the color of trust and serenity in Mexico, and is the color of soap in Colombia.
North America: Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day (also Ireland’s national color). It also refers to nature, environment and protection of environmental causes.
Latin America: In many Latin and South American cultures, green is the color of death.
North America: In the United States, purple is the color of honor; the military’s highest award is considered to be the Purple Heart. It is also the color of royalty, wealth, fame and symbolic of modernism and progression.
Latin America: The theme of sorrow is associated with Purple in South American nations such as Brazil, where it is associated with mourning and death.
North America: Pink is the color of femininity and is used to signify the birth of a daughter. It also represents sweetness (it is often the color used for cake or candy shops), childhood or fun. And, nowadays, it is also popularly affiliated with Susan G Komen’s breast cancer awareness program.
Latin America: Pink has much looser associations and is often used as a color for buildings, consequently it can have associations with architecture.
North America: Brown is the color most often used for packaging (think of the highly successful transport company UPS) and food containers. Brown is stable, dependable and wholesome; an association which comes from the color of the grains.
Latin America: Contrary to the uses of brown in North America, the color has the opposite effect in South America. Brown actually discourages sales in Colombia and is considered disapproving in Nicaragua.
North America: Black is the color of finality, death, formality and mourning. It is also considered powerful and strong and can imply control or force.
Latin America: Latin cultures associate the color (or strictly speaking, tone) with masculinity and is the preferred color for men’s clothing. It is also linked to mourning.
A black door was the hardest to find among all the other colors and now I see why!
North America: White is the color of purity and peace. It is often associated with weddings and is the color most often worn by brides. White is also clean and sterile and used to represent hospitals and even holiness.
Latin America: White has many of the same associations as in North America and is connected to purity and peace.
Well, so which color would you paint your front door now? We hope you enjoyed this small trip down the Latin American streets of color splashed doors with us. Have a great weekend and Happy Pinnning!
Be sure to visit Web Designer Depot to learn more about what these colors mean to different countries around the world!