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Official State Colors

Confusion can arise when a state's official colors are mentioned. Sometimes a state's flag is referred to as its "colors." We are not referring to state flags here. The colors in this list have been specifically adopted as colors of each given state.

Official colors listed by adoption year. (List by state or year)
State Name Designated as YearList by adoption year
Arizona Blue and Gold Colors of the state 1915
Oklahoma Green and White Permanent and appropriate colors 1915
North Carolina Red and Blue Official state colors 1945
California Blue and Gold Official colors 1951
Delaware Colonial Blue and Buff Official state colors 1953
Oregon Navy Blue and Gold Official colors 1959
West Virginia Old Gold and Blue Official state colors 1963
New Jersey Buff and Jersey Blue Official colors 1965
Louisiana Blue, White and Gold Official colors 1972
Nevada Silver and Blue Official state colors 1983
South Carolina Indigo blue Official state color 2008
Alabama [ None ]    
Alaska [ None ]    
Arkansas [ None ]    
Colorado [ None ]    
Connecticut [ None ]    
Florida [ None ]    
Georgia [ None ]    
Hawaii [ None ]    
Idaho [ None ]    
Illinois [ None ]    
Indiana [ None ]    
Iowa [ None ]    
Kansas [ None ]    
Kentucky [ None ]    
Maine [ None ]    
Maryland [ None ]    
Massachusetts [ None ]    
Michigan [ None ]    
Minnesota [ None ]    
Mississippi [ None ]    
Missouri [ None ]    
Montana [ None ]    
Nebraska [ None ]    
New Hampshire [ None ]    
New Mexico [ None ]    
New York [ None ]    
North Dakota [ None ]    
Ohio [ None ]    
Pennsylvania [ None ]    
Rhode Island [ None ]    
South Dakota [ None ]    
Tennessee [ None ]    
Texas [ None ]    
Utah [ None ]    
Vermont [ None ]    
Virginia [ None ]    
Washington [ None ]    
Wisconsin [ None ]    
Wyoming [ None ]    
Color: A Natural History of the Palette
Victoria Finlay

Color: A Natural History of the Palette, by Victoria Finlay. 448 pages. Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (December 30, 2003)

Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.

For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the color yellow—for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue “ultramarine” paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn’t afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red—still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today—has come from the blood of insects.

Color: Messages and Meanings
Leatrice Eiseman

Color: Messages and Meanings, by Leatrice Eiseman. 144 pages. Publisher: Hand Books Press (November 29, 2006)

The book is all about the emotional response to color, the latest, up-to-date guidelines and inspiration on effective color combinations including the integration of color trends.

If you are involved in marketing, display, design, advertising, point-of-purchase or retailing, there is always a need to be as informed as possibe about the usage of color as a means of instant communication.