Do you feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the color blue make you feel calm and relaxed? Studies have shown that observing colors can affect a person’s mood.
Now we know that the universe is made up of many visible colors, each affecting us in its own way. Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can dramatically affect moods, feelings and emotions. Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eye strain.
Colors behave in three basic ways – active, passive, and neutral. You can match colors to your personal desires, to your taste and to the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance. Let’s see how the colors affect your mood.
Blue is the color of healing because the sight of it causes the body to produce calming chemicals. The color blue can curb an appetite. There are no foods that are naturally blue except the blueberry, so therefore, if we see the color blue we subconsciously think not to eat.
Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That is why it is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. If you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues for the furnishings and fabrics. To encourage relaxation in the social areas (family rooms, living rooms, large kitchens) consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. Go for softer shades of blue.
Purple is the most mysterious color because it is found so rarely in nature. That is perhaps why an abundance of it is attributed to royalty.
Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.
As the color of balance, green provides people with a feeling of harmony and relaxation. Green is the gentlest color on the eyes and observing it can actually help to slow breathing.
Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room on the house. In the kitchen, green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness.
Red represents power and strength. It is a stimulating color that has been shown to increase activity in the adrenal glands.
Red raises a room’s energy level. It is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate.
Though it is merely a shade of red, pink actually produces the exact opposite emotions. The color pink represents sensitivity and love, and it makes people feel calm and safe. While red can be sexual, pink is associated with “unselfish love.”
Although yellow is the color of energy, be advised that in larger doses it sometimes makes people feel more fatigued and tired. It is the brightest color and therefore, when it is reflected, it is the color to irritate the eyes most.
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy colors are energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. Even though yellow although is a cheery color, it is not a good choice to use in main color schemes when it comes to designing a room. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Babies also seem to cry more in a yellow room.
Orange is a very positive color and is known to boost self-esteem. It gives people a feeling of youthfulness. Unlike blue and purple, it stimulates digestion and hunger.
Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring out all the emotions that you need released during your fitness routine. In ancient cultures orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.
The color brown signifies earth and nature. Brown makes people think of home, providing them with a sense of comfort and confidence. For this reason, it gives people more of a willingness to have conversation. Men generally like brown more than women.
Black is the absence of color meaning there are no stimulating or calming effects. For this reason, black generally makes people feel depressed. Too much exposure to black can prevent growth and change. However, some people report a feeling of security with black because it consumes and hides.
White is certainly one of the more tranquil hues. People view white objects as pure and clean. Conversely, some cultures associate it with death and mourning.
Color Effects on Walls and Ceiling
The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. As a general rule, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.
While colors can influence on how we feel and act, these effects are subject to personal, cultural, and situational factors.