Red is the first of the six colors in the rainbow. Often regarded as a color of extremes, red is associated with emotions ranging from love to anger and situations from danger to adventure. Red can also be symbolic of real things like fire and lava and blood.
Red is considered to be very beautiful and attention-getting so it’s a popular color in makeup items like lipstick and nail polish. Red is also popular in the fashion world for things like clothes and shoes and purses. Even some jewelry is red, like the beloved ruby gemstone! In fact, in the Russian language “red” is the word for beautiful!
Research has shown that, globally, red is one of the top two favorite colors of all people (blue is the most favorite). Red is also one of the most popular colors to have in flags. Approximately 77% of all flags include the color red! Red is also a color that symbolizes good luck in China and brides in India and Nepal wear red on their wedding day! Likewise, red is strongly associated with Valentine’s Day and most heart-shaped box candies and the sweet themselves (like lollipops) are red.
Red is also one of the most noticeable colors and that is why it appears on fire engines, stop lights and stop signs—because those things all require that people pay attention to them! Red can come in a variation of gradients. For example, maroon is a kind of dark red that sometimes looks a bit brown or purple.