Written by Michaela MacBlake Matthews
Welcome back to another edition of Color Swatches For The Soul, where we are taking a closer look at the symbolism of shades, and how to set the mood for your craft projects, fashion, and lifestyle with color psychology! Today we’re looking at Poinciana.
The Red Family
The color red symbolizes action, passion, intensity, and in some cases, even aggression. Red is a color of making movements and grabbing attention, come what may! Red can often play the bounds between excitement and alarm, while darker shades signal a steadier, more rooted sense of firmness, and lighter shades represent an experimental, or interactive sense of engagement!
How Poinciana Sets The Mood
Poinciana is a unique shade of red, taking on a subtle orange tint and a medium level of desaturation. This color is bold and self-assured, while still maintaining a bit of poise. Poinciana is an outgoing and well-matured shade of red, finding the balance between passion and wisdom!
How To Use Poinciana In Your Craft Projects
Poinciana is a color with a very bold personality, so craft projects that use it should be planned in advance! When used as a base color, this earthy, vintage shade of red can be well suited by medium to large color blocks. It also lends itself well to chunky patterns such as stripes, polka dots, and zig-zags.Handmade gifts that use Poinciana are great for occasions that call for encouragement, and celebrations of a job well done!
Color Palettes For Poinciana
Poinciana takes on a confident and curious tone when paired with white and cobalt or cornflower blues. It moves inward and focuses on self-confidence with softer creams and sage greens, or becomes the life of the party with bold oranges and yellows! This shade of red will clash easily with bright greens and purples, although if they are balanced carefully, the mixture can turn out to be rambunctious and down right daring!
Use Poinciana when you need to stand up straight and seize the day, every day!
If you can feel it, there’s a color for it!
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"Mac" is on the Lifestyle Team here at Darn Good Yarn, and loves taking a ‘teach a man to fish’ approach to creative therapy. She is certified in neuro-linguistic programming, and is also the surreal artist and author behind Surrealismac.