colors in dreams

While you’re awake, your conscious mind is in control of everything.

However, when you’re sleeping your subconscious mind is running the show.

The subconscious mind stores everything from emotion to memories through images and symbols.

Well your conscious mind is very linear and logical, your subconscious mind is much more artistic and appreciates color in all of the meanings associated with it.

Whenever you have a dream, there are many things that you can pay attention to in order to interpret it’s true meaning.

Color is one of the ways that your subconscious mind will communicate with you through your dreams.

In this article we are going to cover popular colors and how they show up in many people’s dreams, hopefully helping you better understand the messages that are being shown to you at night.

Colors, Your Senses, and Feeling

Have you ever heard of something called “synesthesia?”

The Oxford definition of it is, “the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.”

In simpler terms, it is when different senses cross over meaning that one sense is associated with another—a sound, a shape, a color, a taste, or a smell.

Hearing music and seeing colors in your mind is an example of synesthesia.

There are some people whose brains are less bound to sensory perception, or basically their conscious mind does not bind them to the “typical” boxes.

Now, this applies to a very small number of special people in the world, but this is a great example of how colors do invoke emotional reactions whether you’re conscious of them or not.

This is also why folks who are into branding, marketing, and sales are very selective about the colors that they use because they do leave an imprint on our minds both consciously and subconsciously.

Understanding these colors, their meanings, and how they show up for you in your dreams can take your dream interpretation to the next level!

Black Dream Color Meaning

Technically, black is the “absence” of color.

It appears to be the darkest of all the colors that could show up in a dream because it encompasses all of the colors within it.

The symbolism here is infinite.

There’s no beginning and there’s no ending.

This means that I could have a number of different meanings.

When most people see the color black they are usually associating it with loneliness, sadness, depression… all those unsettling feelings.

However, your dream could be trying to tell you about interconnectedness, which is a hard concept for many of us to fathom with our logical mind.

It’s very mysterious and hardly is accepted, which could also indicate your subconscious trying to invite you to explore “darker” sides of yourself that wish to be healed.

Blue Dream Color Meaning

Most people associate the color blue with peace, calm, and tranquility.

It really depends on the queue of the blue color in your dream to get a better understanding of how your subconscious is trying to communicate with you.

Darker blues are more associated with professionalism, clarity, and communication.

While lighter blues are usually thought of as inviting and peaceful.

If in your dream you see a blue color that is not as saturated, it could also be highlighting some sadness or depressed feelings a.k.a. feeling blue.

Grey Dream Color Meaning

Grey is created by combining both white and black.

This gives a very neutral feeling and could mean that you feel a bit dull in your day to day life.

Your subconscious mind could be inviting you to bring some color or liveliness into your life.

Grey could also indicate that you’re at a stagnant standstill, dealing with indecision, uncertainty, or confusion.

It may mean isolation or detachment from the world around you.

When you dream about grey throughout the night, try to do something that makes you feel good or brings back the zest of life into your world.

Brown Dream Color Meaning

When you think of being grounded, brown is probably the first color that comes to mind.

Brown is an earthy color that we can find all throughout nature.

Your subconscious may be inviting you to incorporate more grounding exercises like spending time outside in nature to help you feel more stable, secure, and connected to the Earth again.

In other dreams, brown can mean friendliness and trustworthiness.

Again, think about how being grounded makes you feel secure.

Pay attention to the tone of brown in your dream because this could give you more insight to the dream’s meaning.

Green Dream Color Meaning

Green has a lot of different associations.

It can be linked to money, the earth, vibrancy, or even surprisingly the heart!

Depending on the details of your dream, you may still be being called by your subconscious mind to connect back to nature.

This may be especially true if you happen to feel serenity in your dream.

As mentioned above, green is also connected to the heart because it is the color connected to the heart chakra, an energetic center in your body.

The Universe could be signaling to you to explore healing the heart space with green foods, healing music, and opening yourself up to love again.

Finally, the color green may be showing up for you in your dreams as a sign of wealth, riches, abundance, and prosperity making its way to you!

Orange Dream Color Meaning

Orange is a very unique color that activates the fun, creative side in all of us.

Your dream may appear bright and orange, inviting you to be more bold and confident in your day to day life.

Feelings of positivity, zest, and courage may arise for you within your dream.

Orange is a stimulating color that can activate a certain hunger within us to stand up for ourselves, take charge, and shine our unique light.

Red Dream Color Meaning

Red is a very popular color that holds different meanings for different people.

This typically is a color of passion and love in its highest vibration.

However, red can also invoke feelings of rage and conflict as well.

Try to pay attention to the context of your dream when red seems to stand out to you.

If you’re dealing with stressful situations in your real life, dreaming of the color red could be a quick warning from your subconscious, as if it’s sending you a “red flag” to pay attention to.

Head the signs!

Pink Dream Color Meaning

Pink is just red combined with a little bit of white, right?

So, it still holds the same energy of red, but lighter.

Pink showing up in your dreams can be a sign of romance and love as well.

It can also indicate innocence and generosity.

It’s no coincidence that children are dressed in “baby pink” because they hold that innocence and unconditional love.

Purple Dream Color Meaning

In the arts, purple is made by combining both red and blue.

It holds both of these energies of both passion and love as well as clear communication and peace.

Purple is considered to be a very spiritual color because it is associated with the crown chakra which is all about intuition.

In the past, purple was also linked with royalty and meant that you had good judgement, possibly because leaders relied on their intuition to guide them.

In a dream, your subconscious could be inviting you to trust yourself a bit more and move forward with love.

White Dream Color Meaning

While black listed above is the “absence” or all consuming color, white is the opposite of that — pure light.

White is the ultimate color of purity and clarity.

It holds the energy of compassion and acceptance.

Just as black has both positive and negative connotations, white does as well depending on your experience with it and cultural backgrounds.

To best interpret your dream when white appears prevalent, pay attention to your feelings about the objects that appear white in your dreams.

Yellow Dream Color Meaning

Yellow is one of the brightest, warmest colors next to orange.

When yellow shows up in your dreams, your subconscious may be inviting more happiness into your life.

When most people think of the Sun, they associate it with the color yellow.

It is warming, inviting, and helpful.

It’s a very attractive color, which could mean that you are embodying very attractive qualities about yourself to manifest your desires.

Decoding Your Colorful Dreams

Sure, it’s helpful to understand the meanings of the colors that may be showing up in your dreams, but these tips can help bring your dream interpretation to the next level.

  • If a color stands out on it’s own in your dream, it’s definitely important to pay attention to!
  • Color combinations could signify something completely different than a standalone color.
  • Always check in with yourself to see how you personally feel about that particular color.
  • Consider the different shades of a color because that could hold a different meaning.

Are there any other colors that show up in your dreams all the time?

How has color revealed mysterious messages from your subconscious in your dreams?

We would love to hear about your unique experiences!

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