Have you ever stopped to consider the colors that make up the world around you? Have you ever pondered whether those colors held meaning? It seems like we often go through life day after day and never, well, stop to smell the roses. Or even see them. I think this is part of why the Amish life holds much appeal to the outside observer. The slower, simpler life. One where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
I recently made an interesting observation while perusing my email. One of the things I’d pinned on my Pinterest board was being deleted for whatever reason. The pin deleted was a chart about color psychology. Color psychology is something that advertisers have used for years to appeal to customers.
What on earth does that have to do with the Amish, you ask? Well, in studying this chart, I noticed a very interesting correlation.
The Amish in my area wear certain colors. Typically, browns, grays, and blues are the dominant colors worn. So, I examined the chart to see if the colors they wore reflected those who wore them. Here’s where it gets interesting.
What qualities come to mind when thinking about the Amish? Many people have mentioned the peaceful lifestyle of the Amish, or their sense of community and respect for one another, their work ethic.
Here’s what I’ve discovered.
Brown – the emotions it conveys are reliability, stability, honesty, comfort, and nature. It is used to create warmth, suppress emotions, stabilize, and imply common sense.
Gray – the emotions conveyed neutrality, practicality, conservativeness, formality, and quietness. It is used to create a sense of composure, depress energy, associate timelessness, and communicate maturation.
Blue – conveys trust, responsibility, honesty, loyalty, and inner security. It is used to reduce stress, create calmness, relax, to create order, and for security.
Many of those words are what I would use to describe the Amish around me.
Another interesting tidbit is that the Amish in another area nearby wear colors like purple, which is indicative of compassion, spirituality, and sensitivity…so it’s no wonder that the Amish in the latter group are a newer order and participate in missions work. I could expound on the other colors I’ve seen worn, but I won’t.
What are your thoughts? Do you find the correlations as fascinating as I do?
If you have Amish in your area that you’re familiar with, what colors do they wear? It might be insightful to Google color psychology (just for fun) to see if the color reflects the community.
It would be interesting to the rest of us to read your findings. 😊
To go even deeper, what about the colors God used in his Creation? When I look around, the most dominant colors are the light blue sky and the green grass. What do these colors convey? Light blue – freedom, self-expression, trustworthiness, wisdom, and joy. Green – safety, harmony, stability, reliability, and balance. Wow. It’s no wonder the Bible states, “The heavens declare the glory of God…”
I hope this post has been entertaining and has given you some food for thought. I’m looking forward to reading your comments.
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By the goodness and grace of GOD, Readers’ Favorite GOLD & SILVER Medal Book Award Winner J.E.B. Spredemann, Author of the beloved Amish by Accident and Amish Secrets series, was born and raised in California and now resides in beautiful southern Indiana Amish country. Amish by Accident (by J. Spredemann) was first released in November 2012, and the author held a steady spot in Amazon’s Top 100 Authors in Religion & Spirituality, topping out at #4. Find J.E.B. on Facebook or visit jebspredemann.com.