They were first established by Pope Innocent III in 1198.

By Emily Vasquez
March 22, 2019
naturally dyed easter eggs in a wooden basket
Credit: Janelle Jones

When the spring season rolls around and it's time to decorate, everyone seems naturally drawn to pretty pastels. After all, with Easter coming soon, it only seems fitting to decorate with soft pinks, fresh greens, and delicate lilacs. For those who celebrate the holiday, you may find these hues even more fitting in your seasonal décor once you learn the deeper meaning behind them. According to the "Encyclopedia Britannica," the color sequence that the Roman Catholic church follows today was first established in 1198 when Pope Innocent III wrote the treatise, "The Mystery of the Sacred Altar." In his outline, the Pope based color symbolism on interpretations from the Song of Solomon in the Old Testament, such as white emulating purity and red signifying martyrdom. Today, those associations ring true in the traditions of cultures and religious denominations around the world.

For you, the hidden meaning behind each of these hues may inspire your Easter crafts and decorations.


The color of innocence, purity, and God's glory. When it comes to spring and Easter décor, white is incredibly versatile and provides a fresh backdrop for pretty pastels. For your Easter brunch, lay out a white doily tablecloth, bunny-folded napkins, or natural eggs inspired by pierced creamware.


This color symbolizes the Lord's passion, sacrifice, and martyrdom. If this color resonates with you, dyeing natural brown (instead of white) eggs in red will create a gorgeous, deep shade of scarlet. These eggs can be arranged on a grapevine wreath, in dozens of decorated eggs or can be arranged on a table centerpiece.


While this shade is typically associated with royalty, purple symbolizes penance, humility and sorrow for Jesus' suffering. This is why you will frequently see this color associated with Lent, a period of sacrifice that also marks the upcoming resurrection of the Lord. If you want to decorate with purple for Easter, take this creative route with a purple eggshell holder for floral arrangements.


This light, sweet shade symbolizes bountiful joy and love. And honestly, how you not feel joy when looking at perfectly fresh florals like these? Pink flower arrangements are a sweet, versatile decoration that makes its mark both indoors and outdoors.


Green is the color of growth, hope and eternal life. With leaves sprouting out on trees with full force, this seems like a given. If you'd like to incorporate green into your Easter décor, try playing homage to the beauty of nature around you by crafting pounded-grass place mats or grass candles.

Yellow or Gold

Like the shining rays of the sun, this color represents pure joy. You can never go wrong with a light and bright floral arrangement, like this tiered beauty, or you can take a more glamorous route with these gold foiled Easter eggs or a spring wreath for your front door.


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