Minecraft Colour Symbolism
i thought too much about what meanings in-universe players would give to colours. enjoy my rambling!
Red: the most notable red thing in minecraft is redstone. for this reason, red represents energy, tech, and power. it also has correlations to the nether, with the red netherrack and crimson plants.
Orange: orange is seen in acacia wood, copper, lava, and flames. orange is heat and creation, colouring raw materials and worked metal, as well as the glow of the furnace.
Yellow: many yellow things glow or shine, like the sun, glowstone, or gold. yellow represents light. it is also the colour of protective totems, and of wheat ready to be harvested. it can symbolize happiness and safety.
Green: green represents the cycle of life and death, being the colour of the experience lost when things die. green colours living plants and deadly mobs and poison. it may also represent chance, being the colour of the villagers currency and the subject of their randomized trades.
Blue: soulflame, lapis, the vex, the shine of enchantments… blue often has magical correlations. blue is also the colour of value and greed, with diamonds, powerful magic, and the ever-greedy vex taking on this colour. And the darker blues, those that colour the deep oceans and hidden depths, bring symbolism of mystery and curiosity.
Purple: the colour of nether portals and dragons breath, as well as many ender things. purple represents other dimensions, and possibly travel as a whole, since elytra are also a purple-y shade. a notable exception to these correlations is amethyst- is there a reason for that?
Pink: pink is the colour of pigs and axolotls, as well as the rare natural pink sheep. it colours friendly creatures, with even the piglins being willing to trade. pink is friendship and community, it is the safety of a peaceful place. it is rare things and good luck- finding a pink sheep in the wild is a lucky occurrence for sure.
Black: black is the void, the darkness of night, the wither and its skeletons. it is death. but the withers poison doesnt stop until you are dead, the darkness is everpresent, the void cannot be conquered. obsidian takes forever to break. black does not give up, it is endurance, willpower, stubbornness.
Gray: the colour of stone, everywhere, unnoticed. gray is neutral. but it is also deep caves and the hidden treasures within, the dangerous illager raids that bring valuable loot. it is adventure and hidden value.
White: snow and bones, sheets of paper and the quills to write on them, the quartz used in important redstone machines. white is cold, and also intelligence and knowledge. clouds are white, as are shulker bullets and phantom membrane. white is associated with air.
Brown: dirt is brown, and so is wood, and leather. the basic tools and the ground itself are brown. it is stability, and the earth. it can represent beginnings. brown can also mean home, like the wooden starter house that nearly all players have made.
In summary, without all the fancy wording:
red: energy, power, tech, the nether
orange: heat, creation, fire and lava
yellow: light, happiness, safety
green: life and death, plants, chance
blue: value, magic, mystery, curiosity and greed, water
purple: other dimensions, travel, the end, whatever amethyst is
pink: friendship, rare things, community, safety, good luck
black: the void, death, darkness, endurance, stubbornness and willpower
grey: neutrality, caves, adventure, hidden value
white: cold, air, intelligence/knowledge
brown: stability, earth, home