When choosing a romantic gift or flowers to give to your partner, pay attention to the color. You may not realize it, but colors have a significant impact on us and our reactions and behaviors. They also give others an insight into us as people and into our own deep feelings and emotions.
Many colors have deep spiritual and religious meanings (such as black symbolizing evil) or specific meanings to those in the business world (such as green symbolizing money). We specifically focusing on the romantic aspects of colors though and how they can represent your relationships and romantic feelings.
Black - Power, mystery, elegance; farewell & goodbye
Black is generally associated with negative things, so you may want to reserve this for breaking up. However, it's also associated with mystery and elegance, so you may want to use it if it's given with something else, such as jewelry. A great idea would be a black, velvet lined jewelry box, with something special of a different color inside. We're not aware of any black flowers (other than those that have been dyed or have literally died), but it's probably a good idea to steer away from this color in most situations. If your sweetie has a dark side or isn't fond of romantic occasions, such as Valentine's Day, you could use black roses to show her that you appreciate her unique side.
White - Purity, innocence, perfection, hope
White flowers are gorgeous, unique, and non-traditional. They are perfect for a new relationship or for telling your partner how perfect she truly is. These are also the flowers to send when you want her to know that your love is pure. Great ideas for white are white roses, a white orchid, or pearls. To make a bouquet even more special, combine white and red roses together to symbolize your loving bond together.
Red - Love, passion, desire, eroticism
Red is traditionally the color of love and romance. A dozen long-stemmed red roses are the classic romantic gift.
Dark Red - Deep, strong love; beauty & perfection
These deeper, darker red flowers are perfect for your wife of 20 years. They're also the perfect color to send to let your partner know how truly beautiful she is, while still telling her how much you truly love her.
White & Red - Unity, togetherness, long-lasting love, bonding
You can find many flowers that have a combination colors, but one of the more symbolic are those that have shades of white and red (which together make pink). Red and white flowers are a striking combination and they embody all of the feelings and emotions of a true bond.
Pink - Romance, sweetness, playfulness, gladness
Pink is a feminine color perfect for those fun, playful couples. Whether it's a pink rose or a pink diamond (like Ben Affleck giving to Jennifer Lopez), it's perfect for the sweet, romantic person in your life.
Yellow - Friendship, joy, happiness
If you want to slow things down, yellow, the color of friendship, is the color to send. It's also better to steer clear of roses, traditionally a romantic flower, in this situation. The exception would be if you are sending them to a current friend who you hope would become more, but you want to take it slow. Yellow roses in this regard mean that you're falling for them, particularly if combined with red roses as well.
Yellow & Red - Falling in love, start of a new romance
If you want to let someone know that you're falling in love with them, send them these flowers. The yellow symbolizes your current friendship and the red shows that you want things to move towards a relationship.
Orange - Fascination, warmth, happiness
Orange is a strong, warm color that shows fascination or intrigue. Send orange flowers, or other orange gifts, to the lady that really makes you feel warm and happy inside. Orange roses also hint towards mischievousness and are perfect for sending as a secret admirer (though we recommend revealing yourself soon after!).
Coral - Desire, love
A warm color that is a shade of love, but more importantly, desire. Send coral roses to your partner to let you that know how much you really want them.
Peach - Wisdom, gratitude, appreciation
Peach is a shades of orange and pink that represent both the romance of the pinks and the warmth and gratitude's of the orange shades. They are a perfect color to show your love and appreciation of your spouse or girlfriend.
Green - Harmony, fertility, richness
Green is a rich, cool color perfect for the harmonious couple. Give her a plant and a note telling her how truly rich she has made your life. If you're looking more to the "fertility" side of meaning, send her green flowers and a bag of green m&m's. You know what they say about those green m&m's!
Blue - Stability, trustworthy, tranquil
Blue is typically the color of peace and stability. Deep blues tend to be more 'trust' based colors, while lighter blues are signs of peace, quiet, and tranquility (think 'ocean'). If you're a deep, intimate couple, blue flowers or gifts are perfect. Surprisingly, you can even get blue roses now!
Purple/Lavender - Enchantment, unique, noble, devotion, trust
A cooler color perfect for the truly devoted. Send this color to your partner to let her know how truly unique she is. Because purple is often associated with nobility, so giving purple roses tells your partner that you put them on a pedestal. Lavender shades also represent trust, an important component of any relationship, so giving giving roses in this shade is perfect for a long-standing romance.
Additional Color Resources:
Rose Symbolism - The meanings of roses and their colors in love and romance.