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Color and Mood

How Hues Affect Our Feelings

Have you ever looked out over the ocean with the blue sky above and felt a sense of calm? You may have even let out a deep sigh. Part of this reaction may have to do with color. Color may be easily taken for granted, but it can have an effect on how we feel. Certain colors attract certain moods. Decorators and designers have long known this. For this reason, dining rooms and kitchens may be painted brighter colors than that of a bedroom or living room. So what colors bring out what types of feelings? Some you may already know, where others may be a bit surprising.

Different colors and shades of those colors can insight different reactions or feelings. Circumstances, culture or other variables may also play a part in how colors affect us. This is a list of moods and the colors they match.

Colors and Its Effect

See if you can link color and mood in your life!

  • Red elicits a feeling of excitement. It can raise the heart rate and blood pressure. Restaurants use it to increase appetite. Decorators use it in areas to encourage conversation.

  • Orange is similar to red in that it is cheery and exciting. It is stimulating and energetic.
  • Blue, particularly lighter shades of it, are calming. The pulse slows and it brings blood pressure down. The sky and water having shades of blue produce a calming effect.
  • Dark blue hues can increase moodiness or sadness.
  • Yellows tends to evoke happiness and joy. It has intensity and depending on the circumstances can be unnerving. For this reason, yellow is not often used in babies' rooms.
  • Green is a comforting color. Think of grass and green meadows.
  • Bold purple says that you are sophisticated. It shows a sense of self-worth
  • Light purples and lavenders are proven to be restful.
  • Brown is earthy, think of the ground and dirt, where life comes from. Its organic and restful.
  • Black and white are particularly subjective. In some cultures black is the color of mourning or sadness. In others it is white that is worn to funerals. Generally however, white is seen as innocence and purity. Black tends to be mysterious and sad.

Colors can affect our feelings and moods. If you are feeling a bit low, try wearing something red or another bright shade. The use of color to provide therapeutic assistance is well known. It is an intriguing part of our world. How glad we are to have so much variety. So whether you are feeling happy or calm, relaxed or excited there may be different shades that are responsible.

Color is also important in art therapy for kids where different use of shades can be explored related to feelings and emotions.


Color and Mood

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