Green, the Color of Life: A Photo Essay
If it occurs to anyone to wonder why I choose a green background for my blog site, they might assume that it’s because green goes with my banner photo of a woman walking along a leafy path. They’d be partially right. There are many other reasons for my choice.
Many websites have white backgrounds. Too many websites with white backgrounds have text in pale gray fonts, which makes for difficult reading. A black font would be an improvement, after all, don’t books have white pages and black fonts? Most do. However, paper absorbs light. Electronic screens glare it back at the viewer. I want my site to be easy on readers’ eyes. Green helps enhance vision.
Other than in nature, it seems like white is everywhere, not just on websites. The walls in my apartment are white, as are the ceilings. The doors are white. The kitchen cupboards and appliances are white. So are the fixtures in the bathroom. Defenders of white would say it’s a clean, pure, classic choice. To me it’s a boring choice. Too easy, requiring no thought, the default color, in interior, and often exterior decorating.
Green is a fresh, calm, soothing color. It’s the predominant color in nature. It symbolizes renewal, rebirth, fertility, nature’s bounty. It relieves stress and helps muscles relax. It’s the color of spring and new beginnings.
Even though green has many positive associations, it also has negative associations. Yellow-green can be a sickly color, as in “green around the gills.” Perhaps because green is the color of money, at least the US greenback dollar, it can also be associated with green. To call someone a “greenhorn,” that is, a beginner is not a flattering description. Nor is calling someone green with envy. Green’s negative associations are far fewer than its positive ones.
I also chose a green background for my blog because it’s different. I want it to stand out from the crowd, but I don’t expect anyone to be green with envy.