How does color affect your mood?
Color is everywhere, and for the most part, we don’t even think about it.
But how does color affect your mood when the room is a nice soft green? Are you agitated? Does it promote a calming effect and make you feel relaxed?
How about a beautiful landscape photograph or painting with many shades of green? how does it make you feel? Green symbolizes nature. It is a refreshing color that can revitalize and make you feel healthy.
Many hospital rooms have green as their main color. It is relaxing and very restful for the eyes.
You can also be green with envy or jealousy.
It can be the color of spring, new growth and vigor. On the other hand, it can convey inexperience and misfortune. It all depends on how you decide to use it.
In fact, green can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It is the most relaxing color.
Let’s take a look at some other colors and see what they can mean psychologically to the viewer.
Red is considered an intense and emotional color. It certainly draws attention. Do you remember that green landscape? What happens when you see that field full of bright red wildflowers from Indian Paintbrush? It attracts your attention doesn’t it?
Red is mostly used as an accent color for that purpose only. Your fiery feelings can promote power, aggression, blood, and war.
It can also be a color of love, desire, and passion. It’s quite ironic, but it shows how things can change depending on how you use it.
Different shades of red like pink tend to promote a calmer energy field.
Blue is the peaceful color of the open sky and the oceans. Produces calming and calm sensations within the body. For many people it is their favorite color.
Winter scenes are cold and can even be depressing at times. The shadows in the snow are very blue even on sunny days. Remember those winter photos in your album, all in blue?
People who work in blue rooms are more productive than rooms of any other color. In Feng Shui it is an energetic color that promotes harmony and good Chi.
Blue is also a color of loyalty, stability, and reliability. Something good to remember in business meetings both for the clothes you wear and for the room itself. If you want to convey a conservative sentiment, try blue.
How about a bright yellow sunflower? How does it make you feel happy and hopeful? Do warm and sunny images bring happiness to your thoughts?
Yellow can be used to enhance your concentration and imagination. We use yellow legal notepads for business and school work. I wonder why they are yellow?
Sometimes yellow is used to signify cowardice or the feeling of being dishonest. People fleeing a battle or war are believed to be cowards.
Flashing yellow lights mean there is danger ahead, be careful.
It can be used to speed up your metabolism, and while it’s an upbeat color, more people will lose their temper in a yellow room. It might be a good suggestion to paint your meeting room a nice shade of blue.
This attention-grabbing color is capable of enhancing many different moods.
What do you think of the color white? Are there images of peace, innocence, maybe snow, or maybe a peaceful environment?
In Western culture, white is used at weddings to symbolize reverence and purity.
It is a very neutral color that goes with almost everything. Hospitals use white to symbolize cleanliness and to convey a sterile environment.
Does black denote evil, anger, death, and sadness in your thoughts and emotions? Black is a strong and powerful shade that denotes authority and power, but also implies submission. It all depends on how it is used.
Black is a popular trendy color because it makes the wearer appear slimmer to the viewer.
As you can see, color is a form of non-verbal communication. Our minds perceive its meaning in the way we dress, design websites, and advertise or paint our homes.
We can mix and match different shades setting brightness and intensity giving many different types of physical and psychological reactions. Understanding color helps us communicate, giving visual vibrations that push objects forward to attract attention or reduce them to the background.
It’s about perception and how we use it to describe our thoughts and express our feelings.