What's A Colorblind Person's Favorite Color?

“Your favorite color is likely to be blue. And it's especially unlikely to be yellowunless you're colorblind. Men with red-green colorblindness have preferences that are essentially opposite from everyone else's” according to the Discover magazine website.

 

IF YOU ARE NOT COLORBLIND you might ask yourself; How can a person who is colorblind have a favorite color?

Before we get into the details we would like to say a few words about the color deficiency. The terminology of the "colorblind" word can be misleading. Most colorblind people can see many colors but not as broad as others. Red-green color deficiency is the most common type.

 

The magazine noted: Studies in the United States and the United Kingdom (2015) have found that people with normal color vision tend to most enjoy the color blue and to least like yellowish-greenish hues. Universidad Complutense de Madrid graduate student Leticia Álvaro and her coauthors tested normal vision people and colorblind people and they found out that while normal people like blue color, colorblind subjects really liked yellow. They rated bold yellow hues as highly as, or higher than, blue ones. These subjects had the most extreme fondness for yellow and dislike of blue, revealing tastes that were exactly opposite of people with normal color vision. And if you're not colorblind but your favorite color is chartreuse, you really might be unique.



YELLOW IS NOT AT THE TOP OF THE LIST


We made a survey with more than 250 people with different types of color blindness and ages, and our result is completely different from what was mentioned above. But before I show you the results I would like to explain the reasons behind choosing a color as a favorite color.


There are a lot of explanations about our color preference, but the gist of it comes down to a few principles: colors carry meaning for us, and that meaning can be both innate or acquired. Either way, individual experience and perception of color occur without requiring any mental strain on our part, and as such colors can (and do) cause us to act in certain ways depending on the contexts we’re in.


Have you ever noticed how most fast-food joints have a red and yellow logo? Apparently yellow makes you hungry and red accents its companion to get your brain thinking about food.

Depending on the types of color blindness most people with color vision deficiency can’t see purple and pink color, it's hard to say between red and brown, or yellow and green, so most probably some of these colors can’t be in the top of the list of colorblind people’s favorite color.



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IT'S ALL ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCE


It's most possible that people with color deficiency subconsciously like a color depending on their individual experience more than having feelings toward the psychology of colors related to specific reactions. As a result, it's possible that a colorblind person’s favorite color changes by a particular experience like someone telling him blue color suits him, or green look good with his skin tone.


Here is what one of our students at the Colorblind Guide wrote for me about his favorite color:

Lately I was thinking how funny it actually is that one of my favorite colors is turquoise. I see it grey/grey bluish (therefore I’m not able to really see it) but I like the idea of mixing green with blue, I imagine it as something really beautiful, balanced and calm.
 

WHAT'S A COLORBLIND PERSON'S FAVORITE COLOR?

Blue, red and yellow, which are primary colors, are the favorite colors of most colorblind people. Blue is the most favorite one and brown is the least-liked color for people with color deficiency.

according to our survey, in two Facebook groups with more than 3000 colorblind members

(Color Blindness / Color Vision Deficiency Awareness & Colorblind Tribe)


A person’s preference for a given color can be determined by averaging out how much that person likes all of the objects they associate with that color (Your inclination for the color could be according to your feeling).


If you look at all of the things that are associated with blue, they're mostly positive, so blue is on the top of the world's favorite color lists, it’s really hard to think of negative blue things.

Blue is a color that evokes trust, honesty, loyalty, and confidence. It reduces stress and creates a sense of relaxation, tranquility, and calm. 1


No matter where you are in the world if it’s a clear, sunny day (blue & yellow) it’s nice to be outside or in nature (green), and that's why blue, green, and yellow are on the top of this list.


Only 7% Of Colorblind People Favorite Color Is Black

If your favorite color is black, you value your inner world and enjoy keeping your private life private. Only close relatives and friends are privy to your thoughts and feelings.



 

Is It Possible To Not to Have A Favorite Color?


All people have a favorite color, some just refuse to say it. If you say you don't have a favorite color but I tell you to pick a color from a list with all the colors in the world and you would pick one, let's just say that color is your favorite since you picked it.


According to this chart, 6.5% of colorblind people don’t have a favorite color.


It can have several reasons:

  • They can’t see any color (Monochromacy type)

  • They had a bad experience with colors and ignore colors in their life

  • They like a few colors and don’t have a favorite one

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BROWN Color Is At The End Of The List But Why? 0.8%


Brown has negative traits. Too much brown or being surrounded by the wrong shade of brown can bring up feelings of heaviness, dullness, lack of sophistication


Fun fact: Pantone 448 C, also referred to as "the ugliest color in the world". Described as a "drab dark brown", was selected in 2012 as the color for plain tobacco and cigarette packaging in Australia, aftermarket researchers determined that it was the least attractive color.


 

My Favorite Color As A Colorblind Person Has Changed Over The Years


When I was a little boy, I didn't like colors that much because it was always something wrong with colors in my drawing like a purple river, red tree trunk, or brown leaves. When I told my teacher my favorite color is black she told my mom that something is wrong with me.


Black color wasn't my favorite color, but In a world where everything is too colorful and I was a colorblind kid, black was a very comfortable place to land.


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When I was a teenager, I started shopping, and it was there that I bought pink shoes while I was thinking it was light blue, yellow pants instead of green, and I had a purple shirt that for two years I thought was blue! (clearly, I wasn’t very popular!)


When I told my sister that I like to paint my room yellow and red, she said that this color palette is for psychopath people! (second and third most favorite colors by colorblind people!)


I have a lot of strange stories related to colors, but I always thought that being color deficient is not a big deal, but the reality is that I was surrounded by only four colors (black, white, gray, and blue) and in that time blue was my favorite color.


Once I read about orange colors that make people happy, then I bought an orange T-shirt with white lines. I usually wear it with blue jeans and white shoes. I've got a lot of good reactions toward my outfit matching. From that moment orange was my favorite color. But it didn't last long after a year while I wore that orange T-shirt someone told me it's not orange actually it's yellow-orange! (It seems the color washed out after one year) and one more time colors make me feel awkward.


My point is having a favorite color as a colorblind person is a very different experience, when I think about the purple color that is blue and red at the same time I feel so excited and maybe that is my favorite color the same as sunset and sunrise that are between daytime and nighttime and it's so beautiful.


Color blindness affects so many aspects of our life without us noticing it. My suggestion is to start the online training course designed for colorblind people to change their experience toward colors.

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You just need to learn about colors with different methods. Here is the link if you are interested:


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Amir Kosari is a colorblind architect and designer with more than 15 years of experience.

He is the creator of the world's first online training programs for colorblind people. These training programs helped thousands of colorblind people (children, adults, designers) who used to struggle with colors. 

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