Have you ever wondered why you prefer specific colors over others? Some make you feel alive; others send you right to sleep, while others invoke anxiety. It all has to do with color psychology.
A 2007 study found that participants who had a brief perception of red before taking an important test had impaired performance. A 2014 study showed that eating off red plates encouraged the participants to consume less food.
Of course, variations exist, but most of us respond in similar ways to specific colors. Hues also influence how we react to colors. A bright red, for instance, might have an entirely different effect on our emotions than a warmer, more subdued red.
Also, our past experiences can create color associations that differ from other people's. If your childhood home had a blue-and-yellow color scheme and you loved it, then you may feel similarly happy if you have that same scheme in your adult home.
Color psychology shows that in general, we associate the following colors with the following emotions:
Below are 20 ways you can use color to shape the impression you give off, your habits, and the emotions that your spaces invoke.
Do you want to amp up your performance in the gym? Then choose a red outfit, and use a route where you're more likely to encounter red cars, road signs, and stoplights.
Have yellow items around you. Research suggests it may improve memorization.
Surround yourself with green. Due to its connection to nature, we typically associate it with relaxation and comfort.
If you're on a weight loss journey, avoid yellow in your dining room. A study done in 2007 found that people who ate in a yellow room consumed twice as much as those in red or blue rooms.
White isn't the way to go. Studies show that employees working in white-walled offices experience more adverse effects like nausea and headaches than those in red or blue workstations.
Wear a mix of red and black. Both colors exude confidence. If you are speaking in front of many people, black can help you appear more authoritative and even sophisticated.
A 2009 study found that people exposed to blue were better able to connect with their creative sides. Include blue in your art, writing room, or wear a blue piece of jewelry for a creative boost.
Are you about to face a stressful situation? Have a combination of pastel green and blue colors around you. These work well in rooms at home where you want to relax, or somewhere within your view when you have to confront a stressful situation. Interior decor experts recommend green for promoting calm in health-oriented spaces, like clinics, hospitals, and counseling offices.
Add a splash of yellow in your wardrobe. You feel more vibrant, and you'll radiate the same onto others, potentially helping to lift their mood.
Include some pink on your table decorations, wardrobe, jewelry, or bedroom. Pink speaks of romance and is also calming and soothing.
If you have a home office, include blue in the décor. This color not only calms and stimulates creativity, but also encourages focus, so you can get your work done without distractions.
Nothing lifts your mood quite like the color yellow. Yellow invokes feelings of optimism and good cheer. Use bright yellow pictures, molding, drapes, etc. to help you feel uplifted.
Ensure you have some orange around! This lively, vibrant color helps stimulate positive energy between people and promotes friendly interaction.
Orange also helps alleviate repressions and frees up our expression. If you're having a hard time releasing your emotions to a loved one, take a helping hand from the color orange.
Wearing yellow will help stimulate your interest and curiosity. It connects you to your learning self and will motivate you to stay keen.
Splash on some red! You'll feel your energy rising and your spirit getting infused with vitality. Rely on it to get you through a tough day.
Get out in nature and let green things envelop you. This color connects us to our spiritual center and brings our attention to the heart. It's what you need to alleviate stress and worry.
Purple helps us connect with our intuition, and is also the color associated with dream activity. To quieten your logical mind, and 'hear' your gut feelings, expose yourself to more purple.
Wear blue when going for an interview, or when trying to impress someone with your smarts. This soothing color aids concentration and conveys intelligence.
Consider what you want to feel in each room. Blue and green in the dining room will give a sense of calm and may inhibit the impulse to overeat. Kitchens and bathrooms often incorporate yellow to spark happiness. Add a little pink in the bedroom to stimulate romance, but consider combining it with blue or green to encourage restful sleep. For your exercise room, a performance-enhancing red, and a bit of energizing orange will set the right mood. Consider purple for your guest room to make it feel luxurious.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team