It has been scientifically proven that colors can impact our emotions. Whether it be color coordinating your outfit each morning, or the color scheme that surrounds you on a daily basis at the office, there is no doubt that colors can cause a subliminal emotional reaction. Artists and interior designers have long understood how color can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions, and I think it’s time that this understanding became common knowledge. So here’s a list of the primary colors that we interact with on a daily basis and what they represent. Hopefully a better understanding of colors and what they signify can help you determine how you would like your home’s interior to be painted, and in turn, better welcome and provide comfort to your family, friends and guests.
- White is bright and can create a sense of space or add highlights.
- Designers often use the color white to make rooms seem larger and more spacious.
- White is also described as cold, bland, and sterile.
- Rooms painted completely white can seem spacious, but empty and unfriendly.
- Some of the positive meanings that white can convey include cleanliness, freshness, and simplicity.
- White represents a cool, reserved,clean, modern, pure, peaceful and/or blank state.
- Red is a bright, warm color that evokes strong emotions.
- Red is associated with love, warmth, and comfort.
- Red is also considered an intense, or even angry, color that creates feelings of excitement and/or intensity.
- Because blue is favored by so many people, it is often viewed as a non-threatening color that can seem conservative and traditional.
- Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.
- Blue can also create feelings of sadness or aloofness.
- Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms.
- Blue can even lower the pulse rate and body temperature.
- Green also represents tranquility, good luck, health, and jealousy.
- Researchers have also found that green can improve reading ability.
- Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect.
- Green is thought to relieve stress and help heal.
- Yellow is a bright that is often described as cheery and warm.
- Yellow is also the most fatiguing to the eye due to the high amount of light that is reflected.
- Yellow can also create feelings of frustration and anger. While it is considered a cheerful color, people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.
- Since yellow is the most visible color, it is also the most attention-getting color.
- Yellow can create an energetic, aggressive, cheerful and/or complex atmosphere.
- Purple has been used to symbolize of royalty and wealth throughout history.
- Visually, purple is one of the most difficult colors to discriminate.
- Purple also represents wisdom and spirituality.
- Overall purple can be seen as regal, sensual, soothing, mysterious and/or convey wisdom.
- Orange is a combination of yellow and red and is considered an energetic color.
- Orange calls to mind feelings of excitement, enthusiasm, and warmth.
- In ancient Egypt, black represented life and rebirth.
- Black is also associated with unhappiness, formality, and sophistication.
These observations of colors were provided by About Education’s “Color Psychology”
Habitat for Humanity ReStores have an abundance of supplies to help you use your better understanding of colors to feng shui your home into a perfect balance of emotions! Stop by your local ReStore and allow yourself to become inspired.