Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
- Pablo Picasso

There are many stylistic choices one can make when picking out a cremation urn for ashes. Some individuals choose to go with a basic metal or wood urn, but why not choose something with color?

Here are four reasons you may want consider color in the cremation urn selection process.

1) Reflect Your Loved One's Personality or Style

When families are choosing a cremation urn for a loved one, they often start the process by thinking about the loved one's life and personality. Did she love autumn and the beautiful colors of the leaves? Our Fall Leaf Cloisonne Urn would be a perfect choice. Was he an energetic and friendly person? Maybe she was full of excitement and passion – the Ruby Red Cremation Urn’s brightness may match her exuberance. Warm colors such as red, orange or yellow all exude those traits. Choosing a colorful shade to match a personality trait can bring you comfort.

2) Evoke Emotion

While colors can be interpreted in dozens of different ways from religion or culture, often times colors can evoke an emotion or a mood. Even the slightest difference in a color’s vibrancy can change the way you may think or feel. For example, lighter colors tend to express a feeling of tranquility, while intense, brighter shades can bring about intense and energetic feelings. Warm colors like red, orange and yellow can result in feelings of comfort or warmth. Cooler colors like blue, green and violet can create feelings of calmness or serenity.

Of course, your personal feelings about any color will be deeply rooted from your own experience or heritage. Here are the most common meanings of color as represented by western culture:

Color Chart

3) Relate a Color to a Hobby, Place, or Experience

Not only can color represent personality traits or evoke emotions, but color can also transport you to a favorite place or experience associated with your loved one. Did they enjoy being near the ocean -- the Oceane Blue Biodegradable Urn may remind you of times spent near the water. Were they passionate about golf? Maybe the Umbria Brass Cremation Urn in vivid green will spark some memories. 

Here are some other things you may think of related to specific colors: 

4) Match the Urn to the Room Where it Will be Displayed

Finally, in relation to the final resting place, another way to incorporate color is simply by choosing a unique colored urn to make an effect in a room at home. A bright shade may bring about a sense of lightness to a room. Matching the color of the urn to your home decor may bring you warmth and comfort. 

Selecting an urn for ashes can be an emotional experience, but the urn itself doesn't have to evoke sadness. Seek comfort in knowing that the hot pink urn you chose for your fun-loving, charming wife will bring a smile to your face every time you see it.

Sources:

http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/colorpsych.htm