Choosing the Right Urn Colour to Honour Your Loved One’s Life

Red tradition urn on left with blue butterfly urn keepsake on rightWhen you lose someone close to you, it can be a tremendously devastating time in you and your families lives. So many emotions and grief, it is hard to know how to proceed. One valuable way of dealing with grief is making sure their passing is handled with care and honour. Most Australians are choosing to use cremation, with a cremation rate as high as 65% nationwide. With so many purchasing cremation urns it's vital to know how to choose the most suitable urn for them, especially when we talk about colour. In this article we will be talking about the importance of choosing the right colour for your loved ones urn.

Why is colour important?

Colours play a huge role in our lives and influence our moods and emotions tremendously. Colour can make people feel certain ways when encountered, depending on whether that particular colour is liked or not. We can also associate memories and thoughts with certain colours, which is important in honouring the memory of a person. While perceptions of colour are somewhat subjective, some colour effects have universal meaning.  Colours like red, orange and yellow are usually interlinked with warmth and sunlight, unlike colours such as blue, green and purple which are more soothing and refreshing. This is vital when deciding what colour your urn should be as it will have a noticeable effect on your mood. It is also important to keep in mind what colours your loved one liked the most. 

Personality and preference

One of the first and most important things you should consider is your loved ones personality or preferences when it comes to colour. Did they have a favourite colour or colours? If not, what was their personality like? If they were a fiery, passionate person then a red urn would be suitable. If they were a more quiet and subdued person, perhaps a blue urn instead. If they were big into sports, their favourite sports team's colours would be a fitting choice. A green urn would be great for a nature lover. A pink urn would be lovely for a person who was gentle.

Culture and tradition

Different colours will have different meanings depending on which part of the Earth you’re in or where you come from. Most western countries would associate a black urn with mourning but in some Asian cultures, a white urn would symbolise it instead. You should be mindful when selecting a colour as some may not be suitable with your culture and intended meaning for the urn. In France, a yellow urn can mean jealousy and betrayal, not very fitting for someone you loved if you're French. An orange urn is a mourning colour for many Egyptians while for westerners it is a happy colour. A purple urn is a mourning colour for Indians, and Brazillians even consider it unlucky to wear purple when not attending a funeral. 

Environment and decor

Another consideration should include where the urn will be placed. You will want to find a spot where the urns colour doesn't clash with its surroundings. The urn should naturally blend in as much as possible and should be aesthetically pleasing to look at. At the end of the day you want to buy an urn which you enjoy its aesthetic.

Colour meanings

Each colour has their own meanings associated with them. Here is a list of the generally associated meanings of each colour.

  • RED: Activity, Passion, Anger, Love, Joy
  • BLUE: Serenity, Stability, Inspiration, Wisdom
  • GREEN: New beginnings, Growth, Abundance, Nature
  • PINK: Love, Kindness, Devotion, Gentleness
  • YELLOW: Optimism, Energy, Joy, Happiness, Friendship
  • ORANGE: Youthfulness, Energy, Happiness, Creativity, Luxury
  • PURPLE: Royalty, Nobility, Luxury, Power
  • BLACK: Mystery, Elegance, Sophistication, Sadness.
  • WHITE: Purity, Innocence, Simplicity, Cleanliness


Ultimately, the colour you end up choosing will be a personal decision. There is no wrong or right answer but by considering your loved ones favourite colour, culture, colour meanings and decor, you will have the best chances of making their urn truly special. Choosing the right colour can be a great way of honouring your loved ones memory and helping you through this difficult period. As Australia's largest urn store, Eternal Urns has an extensive range of the best quality urns available in all colours, so check out our range today.