What Do Different Color Roses Symbolize?

Do you know what the different colors of roses symbolize? It may not seem like a big question at first, but when picking out the colors of your flowers, all of the colors in an arrangement can carry different messages that you are sending to the recipient. But don’t worry, we have got you covered!

At Venus et Fleur®, we have many different color options of roses for all of the people in your life. With our customizable Eternity® Roses and other gift and flower options, you can always make the arrangement unique to you and your relationship with the recipient. If you’re looking for flowers that are elegant, long-lasting, and that will make an impression, shop with Venus et Fleur.

Of course, knowing what each color of rose means can help, then you can work on tailoring your arrangement into a unique gift that’s perfect all the way around. From matching the season or holiday to creating something that captures the feeling of your own special relationship, there’s a right color of rose for every need.


The Language of Flowers and Symbolism of Roses

Floriography is the “language of flowers” and was a common practice when sending flowers in the Victorian era. Back then, giving someone flowers was never just a simple gift; whether it was in an arrangement or as a singular token of affection, every aspect of the display and how you gave the gift had its own meaning, sometimes overt and sometimes very discreet. This included everything from how the flowers were arranged and how they were delivered to, of course, the color of the flowers. Floriography was used to say many different things, such as “I love you,” “I’m sorry, please forgive me,” or “I appreciate you.”

In floriography, roses symbolize love. However, this could be in the form of platonic or romantic love — depending on the color of the rose that was sent. This list will help you send the right kind of rose depending on the relationship that you have with the recipient.

Red Roses

Red rose color meaning

These are the classic choice for sending flowers to your significant other. Red roses symbolize passion, romance, and true love. They are a timeless way to tell someone “I love you” and are the most popular color of roses for Valentine’s Day.

The shades of red can also have slightly different meanings. A deeper color of red can mean that you are ready for commitment when given to someone you are interested in. 

The arrangement can also change the message of the red rose. Specifically, when included in a wedding bouquet, they can symbolize happiness in marriage or appreciation for your partner. 

Overall, the red rose is the best way to tell someone that you love them and appreciate everything that they do for you. This classic flower is timeless, elegant, and perfect for giving to a loved one. We have many choices at Venus ET Fleur for a beautiful arrangement of classic red Eternity® Roses or single-rose, long-stem options.

White Roses

White rose color meaning

White roses are another popular choice of rose color. It is better to save gifting this kind of flower for special events or important moments in the recipient’s life. 

This is due to the white rose symbolizing purity, innocence, and honor. Since they represent these ideas, the white rose has also become the most popular flower to be seen at weddings. They can also symbolize a new start, an eternal love, and the feelings of a bride on her wedding day.

They are the perfect graduation gift for a young woman since they can represent a new start and hope for the future. These flowers also have a deep and long history, including a connection to Aphrodite in ancient Greek mythology.

Ivory Roses

While very similar to white roses, ivory roses have a different meaning behind them. They represent thoughtfulness, gracefulness, and perfection. If you want to let someone know that you care about them, without any romantic messages, then ivory roses would be the perfect option.

Yellow Roses

Yellow rose color meanings

Yellow roses are the color of friendship. They represent joy and caring, and the bright color can also be seen as a reference to the sun and the warmth that it provides. The yellow rose has become the perfect flower choice for gifting to a close friend.

They are also a good option for brightening up another person’s day, as they radiate positive energy and happiness. 

In the Victorian era, yellow flowers actually represented jealousy — making them a terrible option to send to your friends. The meaning has come to change over time. You can be certain that gifting anyone a beautiful arrangement of yellow roses will make them smile. However, watch out for giving yellow roses to someone that you have romantic feelings for, because doing so might tell them that you want to stay just friends.

Gold Roses

The color of gold has always been one of affluence, something that those in power or those seeking power have essentially always sought out, but having the courage to seek it out tirelessly requires something — confidence. That’s why gold represents luxury, power, and confidence, because those who have gold can acquire or already have all three.

Taken alone, gold represents those three things, and when paired with other colors, it can help to strengthen their message. When paired with a red, it could represent an especially strong, powerful bond; with baby blue, you could convey strength and serenity, or pair it with some shade of purple to show adoration for strong, fascinating people who carry a mysterious, but pleasant energy.

Peach Roses

Peach roses are a lovely shade that holds messages of sincerity, gratitude, and genuine appreciation. These flowers are a great way to let someone know that you are grateful for them or to tell them, “Thank you!”

They are most commonly gifted when closing business deals or showing appreciation to a family member or close friend.

Orange Roses

Orange rose color meanings

Orange roses are bright and bold, often holding messages of energy, creativity, and fascination. Because of this, they are a great way to let someone important to you know that you are proud of them.

If you are feeling down and have no energy, then ordering yourself some vibrant orange roses can be an excellent pick me up. They can give you the extra energy that you need and they look amazing when displayed at home. 

Colors similar to orange, such as coral, will have the same meaning. However, since peach is so much lighter in shade, the meaning is different. Lighter colors of roses are typically thought to be more sincere and calming.

Green Roses Green rose color meanings

Green is the most prominent color in nature, making it the color of natural life. It represents growth, energy, and life. The green rose itself symbolizes good fortune, success, and health.

As green is also the color of money, some people may see it as a symbol of wealth, but it is really a symbol for all the bounties that life may store upon us.

These roses can also make a person feel at peace, much like other green plants do when placed in the home.

Lavender Roses

Purple and lavender rose color meanings

These roses are unique in their beauty. Their message is quite different from the other colors of roses as well. The lavender rose represents originality, calmness, and enchantment.

These ideas make them the perfect rose to symbolize love at first sight. This makes them the most popular color for telling a crush that you have feelings for them. If someone has stolen your heart and has no idea, then send them elegant lavender roses to let them know!

Pink Roses Pink rose color meanings

The meaning behind pink roses can vary, depending on the exact shade of the petals. Often, pink represents femininity, refinement, sweetness, and elegance. But, a hot pink tends to symbolize gratitude and appreciation, making them another great choice for saying, “Thank you!”

A lighter or pastel pink rose will contain messages of gentleness, happiness, gratefulness, and joy.

Blue Roses

Blue rose color meanings

One of the rarest colors in nature, the various shades of blue can represent many things, but constant throughout the range of blues, there’s a steadiness that accompanies every color. The various shades should inspire a sense of calmness that builds to strength.

Starting at the lighter end, baby-blue flowers are a great gift for someone that needs to invite serenity and calmness into their life or home. They’re great as sympathy flowers, or just to show you’re thinking about someone and their well being. As you go into slightly darker shades, like aqua, blue starts to convey more joy and a less-sentimental feeling.

As blue moves into full-on dark blue, the themes of serenity, calmness, and wisdom are still present, but they move into projecting the quiet confidence and power that comes with those things, as well as a certain sense of steadfastness.

Black Roses Black rose color meanings

Black roses can communicate many different meanings. They might be seen at funerals or other events that are centered around mourning because of their solemn sophistication.

However, black roses have more just representing death. They can symbolize the start of a new chapter in your life or other massive changes that are about to happen. Black roses are meant to inspire people and give them the courage to pursue their new life and make good changes.

Arrangements with Mixed Colors Mixed floral meanings

Many of Venus ET Fleur’s arrangements include different colors set up into a beautiful design. When you combine different colors of roses, you are sending the recipient multiple messages. 

For example, red and white roses are standard at weddings as they represent unity and love. Yellow and red roses would have a message that expresses love, happiness, and cheerfulness.

Multicolored/Rainbow Roses Rainbow rose meaning

These flowers are colorful, vibrant, and hard to find; making them a unique gift. You may be able to use them to send your recipient a variety of messages — or you could send them because you like their unique appearance and feel that they would appreciate them.

Blended colors can communicate your message more clearly. For example, a yellow rose that changes to red at the end of the petal might symbolize that you are falling in love with your friend. 

Due to their bright and fun colors, the rainbow rose has become a popular present to give at birthday parties.

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Get the Perfect Flower Arrangement Colors With Venus et Fleur

With all we’ve learned about flowers over the years, roses can come in a wide variety of shades, and these were just a few of the rose colors and what they mean. If you want to send someone a customized arrangement, with just the right colors, then Venus et Fleur has 25 different options to make your message perfect. Shop with us today for unique gifts and arrangements that will last the whole year.