The meaning behind cyan
About the color
Cyan has ancient Greeks origins and can be traced back to a dye produced from blue cornflower, also known as Centaurea cyanus.
However, in many languages, 'cyan' is a non-existent term. To most English speakers, it is a vibrant greenish-blue hue. Other names for this borderline color include aqua, turquoise, and teal.
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Application in design
Cyan is a very relaxing and inspiring color, as it is associated with crystal clear waters.
This color combines well with red, deep pinks, and teals to create bright and gentle color palettes. You can also make bold, vibrant designs by pairing cyan with yellow and magenta – two other colors of the subtractive color model.
For a more classic color palette, combine cyan with darker shades of blue, or cool shades of gray and white.