Does the color affect your mood?
Does our environment really have the ability to change our mood or even cause depression?
If you’re not sure, just think about how you feel when your office is messy, or your bathroom is dirty, or your living room is messy. Feeling scattered when your desk is cluttered with papers, 3-day cups of coffee, and a half-eaten sandwich? (Maybe it’s just my desk)
But you feel disorganized, don’t you? I feel MENTALLY more organized when my office is organized.
I don’t think there is any doubt that our environment (inside or outside) affects our emotions. And we can be affected by different things; general clutter or chaos (this can be a messy / messy space or it can be a messy space with accessories!), general feeling of warm versus cold, and one of the most important factors: color!
Color is light and light is energy. Scientists have discovered that real physiological changes take place in humans when they are exposed to certain colors. Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, soothe, increase appetite, and create a feeling of warmth or coolness. This is called chromodynamics.
The human eye can see up to 7 million colors.
Some colors and / or color relationships can irritate your eyes, cause headaches, and wreak havoc on your vision.
Other colors and / or color combinations are calming and make us feel better.
Proper use of color can maximize productivity, minimize eyestrain, and relax the entire body.
Red stimulates energy, it means a strong emotion like love, hate, anger (“seeing red”). Infamous symbols associated with the color red are stop signs, fire hydrants, hearts.
The color red has been found to increase blood pressure and cause people to take risks they would not normally take. This is why Las Vegas casinos use red neon lights (make a note the next time you’re there).
But it also has a positive effect, think “pink glasses”. You’ve heard the saying, but did you know that it really works? A company that actually markets red contact lenses for animals found that the chickens that were tested ate less, produced more eggs, and didn’t fight as much!
The color pink is associated with love and romance. It has a calming effect and as such was often used in some prisons to calm inmates in the 1950s, and in opposing team locker rooms to keep players passive. However, the researchers found that this effect only occurred during the initial exposure and that the inmates actually became more agitated as they got used to the pink. So now you know why you got so mad after many long visits with Grandma!
The color orange is associated with energy, warmth, excitement, and fall, as well as caution and of course Halloween.
Orange stimulates the appetite and is often used in restaurants and canteens.
Orange has been found to increase oxygen supply to the brain and stimulate mental activity, making it a good color choice for creative companies.
It is the most divided of all colors: people either love it or hate it. It is more accepted among the younger generations.
Yellow is associated with optimism, happiness, energy, and agitation. It is the most fatigued color, especially the brightest tints because it reflects more light and causes excessive stimulation of the eyes.
If you’re planning a baby nursery, don’t wear bright yellow – babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.
It has been shown in a color study that husbands and wives tended to fight more in a yellow kitchen.
However, yellow does have some good uses, it is the first color the eye recognizes, making it ideal for signage. Yellow is also known to increase metabolism, making it a good choice for dinnerware or table linens.
These days, green is associated with sustainability. But it is also linked to tranquility, peace, good luck, jealousy and money.
Green has a calming effect, which is why the “green room” was born. Green also relieves stress and is a good color choice for an office.
Research has shown that the color green can improve reading ability. Placing a transparent sheet of green film over reading material can increase speed and comprehension.
Blue is associated with calm and serenity, as well as sadness. It can also create feelings of detachment.
It is one of the most popular colors, but it is also considered the least appetizing. Weight loss programs suggest that you eat from blue plates to lose weight. The reason is that there are not many blue foods in nature, and our minds associate blue in food as poison or spoiled food.
Blue can lower your heart rate and body temperature; it is a “cold” color in more ways than one.
The most preferred color for men is blue.
Purple has long been associated with royalty and wealth. It is also associated with wisdom and spirituality.
It’s an exhilarating color that encourages creativity, making it a great choice for design companies and schools. It has been shown to stimulate the part of the brain that is used to solve problems.
Purple is liked by the creative or eccentric and is a favorite of many teenagers.
Is white a color? Scientifically speaking, no, it is a lack of color. But if you ask a designer, they will tell you that it is one of the most important colors, or rather, shades. White is a very symbolic color. In many cultures it means virginity, which is why brides use it often. It is also associated with purity, innocence, and serenity.
Used by physicians, white is a clean and sterile color.
White reflects light and is a bright color that can create a sense of space to create contrast and reflections.
It’s often considered cold or tasteless, but consider what happens if you add dyes of other shades to make very subtle whitish.
Gray is another one of those non-colors. But it is by far my favorite color. However, it does not have a very good reputation. It has been associated with loss, depression, and sadness.
Gray weather is common where I live, and many people complain about how depressing it is, but I find it cozy, warm, and comforting.
On the bright side, gray is also considered timeless and considered classic. Some know it as the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom, and I’ll have to agree!
Gray blends well with other colors and is a great neutral. It has long been a choice for suits and is a favorite of many designers.
Again, many people will argue that black is not a color. But in this context, I will argue that it is. Black is associated with formality, sophistication and mystery, evil, death and grief.
Black is a favorite for clothing and accessories. What woman doesn’t have a little black dress? It also makes you look slimmer and more sophisticated.
Black is also associated with power and luxury; limousines, tuxedos, judge and priest dresses, etc.
Black carries weight and can be an overwhelming color if misused in a home.
So how does all of this relate to your PHYSICAL well-being?
Believe it or not, our feelings or emotions affect our health and well-being. Emotions produce chemicals in the body called peptides. I won’t go too into the details, as I’m NOT a doctor, but basically those chemicals are released into the bloodstream and every cell in our body is ready to receive them. In fact, we can become addicted to emotions due to the reactions they cause in our body, similar in many ways to drugs. It may be because they become familiar and comfortable to us (either from good or bad emotions). Think of those people who are “addicted to adrenaline.” It is a physical change in our body caused by emotions (fear and excitement). Different emotions and combinations or emotions have different effects on us, but ultimately, they DO affect us physically.
How is color applied to your home?
Color is seen by the way light reflects off a surface or colored light sources. Color, and in particular contrasting color, is also used to draw attention to a particular part of the space. There are primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Tertiary colors tend to be the most pleasing to the eye. Complementary colors are colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Complementary colors are used to create contrast.
Analogous colors are colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel. These can be used to create color harmony.
Monochromatic colors are tints and shades of a single color.
Warm colors are a group of colors consisting of reds, yellows, and oranges. Cool colors are a group of colors consisting of purples, greens, and blues.
Dos and Don’ts for Color
Now some tips for applying what you’ve learned
Use contrast Build your color scheme around a signature or favorite piece Apply the unit within each room and throughout the house using complementary colors Consider the style or period of the home Consider the use of the room Have fun
Choose your paint colors before everything else Make your favorite or boldest color the main color; it will stand out more like an accent Ignore the color nuances Get caught up in the trends Hurry up, take your time choosing colors and look at them in different lights Be scary, it’s just paint!