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Do you know your surroundings may be influencing your emotions and state of minds? Do you ever notice that certain places are especially relaxing and calming, or irritate you? Well, there's a good chance that the colors in those spaces are playing a part.
Color is an energy that lives and moves and may influence a person's mental or physical state. Psychological effects of colors as it relates to two main categories: warm and cool. Warm colors such as red, yellow and orange,can spark a variety of emotions ranging from comfort and warmth to hostility and anger. Cool colors such as green, blue and purple, often spark feelings of calmness as well as sadness.
The concepts of color psychology can be applied in everyday life. For example, you're planning on re-painting your house or room with a new color scheme, do consider some of these suggestions about colors and how they might affect your emotion and mood:
Red has been found to raise the physical temperature in a room when extensively used. A touch of red always livens up a room scheme with full of energy, passion and warmth with a sense of love and desire.
Yellow is the brightest of all the colors, and the nearest to full sunlight. Because of its cheering, uplifting quality, it is welcoming and warming, like sunshine in summer. Use in areas where focus and concentration are most required, like the study or living room.
Orange encourages sociability and high spirits. It's also often associated with food and can cause your tummy to growl a little. You probably don't want to paint your dining room or kitchen with color orange if you're a calorie-counter.
Green is the most soothing color in nature's palette with the allure of serenity, the freshness that encourages healthy living in harmony with nature. Scientific logic explains that the eye focuses the color green directly on the retina, it is said to be less strainful on your eye muscles.
Blue allows us to feel calm and at peace with ourselves and the world around us. It minimizes anxiety and creates a feeling of space, said to decrease respiration and lower blood pressure. Best used in bedrooms and therapy rooms.
Purple utilizes both red and blue to provide a nice balance between stimulation and serenity that is supposed to encourage creativity. Light purple is said to result in a peaceful surrounding, thus relieving tension. These could be great colors for a home or business office.
Brown is the color of the earth and it's neutral and safe. It brings feelings of stability and security. Extensive use of this color be depressing within a home, but small touches bring comfort and warm as well as providing a neutral backdrop to other brighter colors.
Grey promotes feelings of contemporary and modern lifestyle. This color absorbs the light that falls on it and thus dramatically darkens a room if used in quantity. However, it can be used to striking effect as an accent colors.