The Color Red in Dreams

Colors in dreams are VERY significant. And they can have a very positive or negative meaning, depending on the overall context of the dream. The color red is one of the most common colors to dream in. Let’s talk about what it means.

In a positive context, the color red is the color of anointing, wisdom and/or power. Red is a great color to dream in because it allows us to see areas where God has anointed us and/or given us the wisdom and power we need to walk in what we are called to do.

As an example, here’s a great dream I recently interpreted in which the color red was used to encourage the dreamer. Pay attention to the words I’ve highlighted in bold:

Dream Interpretation:

I dreamt I was in a closet, sitting on the floor, choosing what to wear. I pulled out my favorite red shirt and put it on. I knew I had already worn it before and hadn’t washed it, but it still looked fresh and pressed and ready to wear. I was very happy at the thought of putting this red shirt back on.

This is a great dream and there’s a couple of things I’d like to pull out. First of all, a red shirt represents something the dreamer is anointed to walk in. Our clothing is something people see when they first come in contact with us. It is what we are typically identified by. Think about it, if we were in a room full of people, and wanted to point someone out across the room whom we didn’t know, we’d probably say something like, “Look over there at the person standing in the corner wearing the red shirt.

So in this dream, the red shirt signifies something the dreamer is anointed to walk in. The  dreamer has operated in this gift in the past (they knew they had worn the shirt before), but has maybe stepped away from that gift or calling momentarily. We know this because at the start of the dream, the dreamer wasn’t wearing the shirt…yet.

The dream doesn’t really say why that happened, (why they stepped away) but the great news is that God is giving the dreamer this dream so that they’ll know how to get back on track and step back into what they’re called to do. And that, we find in the opening scene of the dream: The dreamer was in a closet, sitting on the floor. 

A closet represents the meeting place with God. The “secret place” as it is often referred to in the Bible. Some great examples of this are Psalm 91:1, Matthew 6:6 and Acts 1:13. Sitting on the floor represents a posture of humility, or sitting at the feet of Jesus. Getting in His presence, and getting renewed and restrengthened and possibly even dealing with or letting God heal whatever it was that made the dreamer step away in the first place.

After that, the dreamer was able to reach for the red shirt and with great joy put it back on. Which is another great part of the dream. God is letting the dreamer know that the call has not changed. Just because they have stepped away for a moment, the “red shirt” or “the purpose for which they were created”, is still fresh, and pressed and ready to wear. In this, we hear echoed Romans 11:29:

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call]. Romans 11:29 AMP

So as you can see, overall, this is a great, great dream that is meant to encourage the dreamer back on track, remind them of what they are called to do, and direct them with the action steps they need to take to do so. How crazy, right? That a dream so simple could have such deep significant meaning!

Friends, God wants us to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. He wants to speak to us and just like in this dream, give us encouragement, hope, and direction so that we can keep moving forward in what we are called to do. And the dreams He gives us at night are just one of the ways He does that!

In my next post, I’ll share a dream in which the color red was was used to give the dreamer a warning. Stay tuned for that, and be sure to watch out for my upcoming eStudy: The Language of Dreams. This will be a 12-week study in which I teach about how to interpret dreams. We’ll go into more depth as to what some of the different colors, numbers and symbols in dreams mean. As well as why God chooses to communicate to us through our dreams and visions of the night. I can’t wait to share that with you.

Until then, keep dreaming, because God is speaking,

-Linda G. Riddle