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Basic colors are red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, pink, brown, peach, gray, black, and white; although peach does not include as basic color in the literature.



There are two broad types of color: elemental colors (red, blue, yellow, black, white), and compound colors, containing one or more elemental colors (green, orange, purple, pink, brown, peach, gray). Green is an equal mixture of blue and yellow, orange is red-yellow, purple is red-blue, brown is a mixture of orange and black, pink is red and white, peach is yellow-pink, and gray is black and white.

Primary colors Secondary colors Tinted colors Nonchromic colors
red green pink gray
blue orange brown black
yellow purple peach white


Brightness is an important characteristic to determine the specific colors. For example, pink is a basic color that is a pale shade of red, peach is a pale shade of orange, and brown is a very dark shade of orange. The following chart is sorted from brightest to darkest.

Bright Dark
white green
yellow gray
peach purple
pink brown
orange blue
red black


Color temperatures are warm and cool; hot and cold are not specified. Practically though, red, brown and black are hot colors, while blue, purple and white are cold colors.

Warm Cool
red blue
yellow green
orange purple
brown pink
peach gray
black white


Although gender is used mainly for characterizing person or other animals, it can be used to signify nonliving things that remind about corresponding gender, including colors shown below.

Masculine colors: red, blue, green, orange, brown, peach, white, gray
Feminine colors: yellow, purple, pink, black


Blue is overwhelmingly the most common favorite color, faved by roughly 34% of all people. The second most common favorite is green at 13%, then red at 11%. The least common favorite color is gray, faved by just 2%.

Color Permillage Color Permillage
blue 340 yellow 47
green 134 pink 36
red 106 white 36
black 84 peach 31
purple 83 brown 23
orange 59 gray 21


The men's most common favorite color is blue, while the least common favorite and the most common least favorite color is pink. The percentage of men faving blue is approaching 38%, while pink is less than 1%.

Color Permillage Color Permillage
blue 376 white 31
green 149 brown 28
black 107 gray 28
red 101 yellow 23
orange 85 peach 17
purple 47 pink 6


Like men, blue is the most common favorite color for women, far ahead of others at over 30%. Pink is almost exclusively faved by women, as it is more than 10 times more common than men. There are four other colors that are women-dominant favorites: red, purple, yellow, and peach.

Color Permillage Color Permillage
blue 306 black 63
green 120 peach 44
purple 117 white 40
red 111 orange 33
yellow 72 brown 17
pink 64 gray 14


Colors associated with and used for love are called love colors. The four main love colors are red, pink, white, and purple; red and pink are the most common representations. In addition to these, any other basic color can be used for love, albeit less commonly used than the main colors. The most commonly used love color that is not in the top four is brown. The rarest used love color is gray.

Main Intermediate Rare
red brown blue
pink peach black
white yellow orange
purple green gray


The following is the common representations of colors.

Color Representations
red aggression, love, bad, passion, socialism, communism, Valentine's Day, heat, fire, hell, beauty, leadership, masculinity, injury, danger, blood, death, Christmas, volcanoes, error, blame, courage, stop, failure, drug intolerance, wrong way
blue ice, water, ocean, sky, heaven, sadness, winter, police, royalty, boys, cold, calmness, magic, trueness, capitalism
yellow sunshine, warmth, sand, desert, fun, happiness, warning, friendship, caution, slow, intelligence, cowardice, summer, Easter, autumn, electricity, celebration, joy, hope, praise, optimism, imagination, curiosity
green nature, growth, grass, forest, good, freshness, hope, success, calmness, recovery, tolerance, jealousy, envy, youth, sickness, health, spring, St. Patrick's Day, money (US), military, monsters, devils
orange warning, autumn, desire, spirit, worship, fire, Halloween, Thanksgiving, prisoners, engineering, determination, compassion, endurance, optimism
purple royalty, Easter, upper class, poison, friendship, engineering, passion, sharing, wisdom, rage, feminism, homosexuality, sympathy, extreme
pink girls, love, health, breast cancer awareness, calmness, fairies, Valentine's Day, spring, Easter, beauty, cuteness, glamour
brown soil, wood, autumn, earth, skin, chocolate, coffee, caramel, stone, Thanksgiving, cruel, selfishness
peach skin, nakedness, sand, dust, drought, military
gray depression, boredom, neutrality, undefinedness, old age, contentment, pessimism, metal, military
black death, misery, evil, devils, demons, African Americans, darkness, ash, abyss, pessimism
white ghosts, purity, softness, emptiness, God, life, sickness, lack, winter, snow, ice, heaven, Caucasian, peace, clean, air, sunlight, light, surrender, clouds, frost, milk, cream, good, cotton, angels, weakness, bones, protagonist, innocence, drugs

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