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Is white a peaceful colour ?
I want to know why people call white as the most peaceful colour. Does any human behaviour study support that argument? Because I believe it can be blank and very disturbing at times.

Do you agree that "white is a colour in the first place?"
Kunal Dhavale
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Is white a peaceful colour ?
I'm not sure if white is a 'peaceful' color per se. I think it is, rather, a symbol of peace. Does this symbolism come from the 'white flag' that is historically associated with military defeat? Do we consider white to symbolize peace because doves - now universally accepted as symbols of peace - are white? Or are doves considered to be symbols of peace because white signifies peace in the first place? This is obviously a chicken and egg question and, as I implied, may require more of a historical analysis then a research into color psychology.

In other contexts, white symbolizes innocence and/or chastity (western weddings), death (indian funerals), or simplicity (modern architecture), and each of these symbolisms probably have their distinct historical/cultural roots. (Just to give you an analogy, in eclesiastical paintings the robe of Mother Mary has traditionally been colored blue because it was the most expensive color to produce).

Ozgur Basak Alkan
Is white a peaceful colour ?
White as a colour is made up all other colours, see how sun's white light passing through prism gives the primary colours, look at the rainbow and seven colours again from the same source in nature. White color is represented to our second basic element water in mythology and of cours in architecture grey scale it is the first. Peace and tranquility are best represented by white as it is neutralising elemental colour. Wish I am near truth.
Dushyant Nathwani
Is white a peaceful colour ?
Color theorists have described the personal characteristics of people who like the color white as:

- Pure
- Innocent
- Naive
- Faithful
- Have Inner Peace
- Surrender Perfection
- Clean, Neat, and Organized
- Compulsive to own ideas and feelings.

White is used in "Burial Robes" and was the color of mourning in ancient Rome and Medieval France. It would appear that white and off-white colors are applied extensively in home decoration because of the sense of cleanliness they impart. Direct daylight in spaces that have large surfaces of white walls may produce glare and may have a negative impact on human comfort.
Ashraf Salama
Is white a peaceful colour ?
Therapists believe that color has an effect upon each of us. Therapists use this approach to restore cells to an even level of balance and to stimulate the healing processes, because colors can have both a positive and negative effect.

Before commenting on the impact of any colour it is very important to understand each colour and its impact on the human mind:

RED- Physical
Positive: Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, 'fight or flight', stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.

ORANGE -
Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security, sensuality, passion, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.

BLUE - Intellectual
Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.

YELLOW - Emotional
Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.

GREEN - Balance
Positive: Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.

BROWN:
Positive: Seriousness, warmth, Nature, earthiness, reliability, support, neutral color, Practical, obstinate, conscientious
Negative: Lack of humour, heaviness, lack of sophistication.

BLACK:
Positive: Sophistication, glamour, security, emotional safety, efficiency, substance, formal dignified color.
Negative: Oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness, symbolizes night death and magic, opposite of green, the color of light.

WHITE:
Positive: Hygiene, sterility, clarity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, sophistication, efficiency.
Negative: Sterility, coldness, barriers, unfriendliness, elitism.

White may universally have different significances, but it is very important for an architect to know the relation of the human mind to colors.
Fatema Kabir
Is white a peaceful colour ?
In the theory of color, there exist only three basic hues/color: red, blue and yellow.

All the rest of the colors are a mixture of these three. An equal portion of the three colors cancel out and gives a perfect balanced shade of gray, same given by a mixture of equal portion of both black and white together (in pigments of course).

Black and white are not colors, they are tints and shades of light.
Sagui Hamed
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