The colors that surround you have an impact on your mood. Here’s how.
What’s your favorite color? With blue being the most popular favorite color and yellow people’s least favorite color, the others fall somewhere in between. Maybe you chose your favorite color because it’s the color of your favorite sports team or because it’s most attractive to you. Perhaps, you subconsciously chose it based on how it makes you feel when you see it.
Colors have an effect on your mood, behavior, and feelings. Interior decorators know this and apply this principle when designing spaces. Debating about what color to repaint a room in your home? Maybe this article will help you decide.
White, beige, brown, tan, gray, cream, and black are all neutral colors. These create an impersonal, cold space that’s conservative, safe, and lacks passion. The darker the neutral, the heavier or more oppressive a space may feel. Lighter neutrals brighten a space, making it feel calm and friendly. Middle-ground neutrals may give an earthy, natural feel to a room. Neutrals are popular decorating colors these days, providing a clean, simple slate for accessorizing with other shades of neutral or splashes of color.
Wonder why blue is the most popular favorite color? Maybe because it’s the color of a beautiful, clear sky, deep ocean waters on a sunny day, or a sapphire gem. Blue is a cool color and is associated with feelings of calmness, peace, trustworthiness, and loyalty. For this reason, it’s often used in bedrooms. However, for some people, blue is a depressing or cold color. If this is you, keep it off your home’s walls.
Red elicits opposite emotions from blue. At the other end of the color spectrum, red is a warm color that’s stimulating and exciting. Being around red can speed your pulse and breathing rate. Anything red in a space gets noticed and attracts attention. It’s a symbol of strength, passion, romance, love, or aggression. Red is often used in restaurants because it stimulates the appetite.
The color of the grass, plants, and trees, green is a symbol of nature. Compared to other colors, green is easiest on your eyes, making it another very popular color. It’s also associated with creativity and productivity, making it an ideal color for offices or studios. Green has a calming, relaxing effect on people. When you see green, you may think of wealth or good luck.
It’s bright and sunny, but it’s not a popular decorating color unless used in a kitchen. Because yellow is on the warm end of the color spectrum, it’s known to stimulate the appetite and is good to have in an eating space. And while yellow gets your attention, it’s not the easiest color to look at. Studies show people lose their temper more often in yellow rooms and babies cry more. If you have yellow walls in a home you want to sell, you’d do yourself a favor by repainting the walls a neutral or other non-yellow choice.
The color of royalty, purple is a symbol of wealth, luxury, and romance. Lighter shades of purple like violet are associated with sophistication. At the end of the rainbow, purple is a cool color that’s calming, restful, passive, and soothing.
Like red and yellow, orange grabs your attention. Full of energy, bright, energetic, warm, and cheery, orange can also seem a bit overwhelming. You either love or hate the color orange. It may make you think of sunsets, citrus fruit, autumn, pumpkins, or Halloween. Depending on your perspective, this can be good or bad.
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