A little while back we spoke about colours and their meanings and what they signify in different cultures.
Well today, we revisit colours but from a mood point of view.
Every colour has a POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
Light and cool colours can make a room recede or make a space seem bigger.
Whereas dark and warm colours advance. These can be used in large rooms to keep the space from feeling too vast.
Here’s something for you to notice next time…
Have you ever been in a fast food restaurant and just wanted to order, get your food and get outta there? Feels like forever some times don’t it?
Most fast food spots want quick in and outs. Even if they advertise otherwise lol.
I never noticed it either or payed much attention to it until doing my introductory course in Interior Design.
It still amazes me how much colours play on our emotions as humans and also how many people never notice it.
Believe it or not, most of the establishments you visit have well thought our their colour schemes. Not ONLY for aesthetic reasons, but to make their patrons and visitors either feel wanted, welcomed or even hurried.
So, without further ado, let’s check out some colours and the moods they can or are intended to inflict on the human psyche.
Over the years, this once “girly” colour has been accepted and worn by both females and males. Usually used in little girl’s rooms, this colour like red, represents love and also brings about a feeling of calmness and warmth. Pink can also be used in a master bedroom as it also represents romance and charm.
Hot pink – playfulness
Light pink – tenderness.
However, bare in mind that TOO much pink in one area can bring on physical weakness.
Often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.
On the mind and body, purple can create a sense of uplifting spirits, creating feelings of spirituality, increasing nurturing tendencies and sensitivity, and encouraging imagination and creativity.
However, just like the colour pink, too much purple brings out qualities of irritability, impatience, and arrogance. Too little purple brings out feelings of powerlessness, negativity, and apathy.
The shade lavender is best used in the living room space as it can create a feeling of relaxation and calming of the nerves.
The colour of the sea and sky. Blue also represents trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith and intelligence.
The color blue can invoke rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. Blue helps to slow human metabolism, is cooling in nature, and helps with balance and self-expression and
is also an appetite suppressant.
The blue color communicates significance, importance, and confidence without creating somber or sinister feelings. This is where the corporate blue power suit and the blue uniforms of police officers and firefighter came from.
However not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging color that expresses exhilaration. Also, some shades of blue or the use of too much blue may come across as cold or uncaring, and can dampen spirits.
Too much blue can create feelings of negativity, sadness, self-righteousness, and self-centeredness. Too little blue brings about qualities of suspicion, depression, stubbornness, timidity, and unreliability.
The colour blue can also be used to help promote growth in children and is best suitable for offices as it is the most productive colour.
Seen all around as the colour of lush and healthy grass, leaves and tree tops. The colour of life, renewal and energy. The colour green also has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Green can help enhance vision, stability and endurance. It is a natural choice in interior design as an ideal background or backdrop because we as humans are so used to seeing it everywhere.
The color green can affect humans physically and mentally in several different ways. Green is soothing, relaxing, and youthful. It is a color that helps alleviate anxiety, depression, and nervousness. Green also brings with it a sense of hope, health, adventure, and renewal, as well as self-control, compassion, and harmony.
Too much green can cause people to become placid, lazy, slow, moody, and depressed. Too little green can cause feelings of apathy and fear of rejection.
This is the best colour for bedrooms, as it can create tranquility and insinuate good health. It is especially best for a child’s room as is help with studying and stability and helps with learning well.
The colour of the sun and sunshine, hope, and happiness, has conflicting associations. On one hand yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, honor, loyalty, and joy, but on the other, it represents cowardice and deceit.
The color yellow helps activate the memory, encourage communication, enhance vision, build confidence, and stimulate the nervous system, increased mental activity and increased muscle energy.
It is a spontaneous and unstable color. It is often associated with food (those fast food restaurants we mentioned earlier…lol) and is highly used in children’s products and marketing advertisements aimed at children.
If yellow is overused, it can have a disturbing effect. For example, it is a proven fact that babies cry more in rooms painted yellow. Too much yellow causes loss of focus and makes it hard to complete a task. Too much yellow also can cause people to become critical and demanding. Too little yellow causes feelings of isolation and fear, insecurity, and low self-esteem. A lack of yellow can cause one to become rigid, cunning, possessive, or defensive.
The colour yellow in the home is best suitable for the kitchen as it increases metabolism, gives you energy and brightens the room. In a more professional setting, the colour yellow or aspects of it should be used in an accounting firm (along with white) or it can be used in a bakery along with multiple other colours.
Yellow is also said to have helpful effects on person’s suffering with Alzheimer’s as it helps stimulate memory.
Although usually associated with harvest time, fall and autumn leaves, pumpkins and halloween, orange is the color of joy and creativity. Orange promotes a sense of general wellness and emotional energy that should be shared, such as compassion, passion, and warmth.
Studies show that the orange color can create physical effects such as increased hunger, heightened sense of activity, increased socialization, boost in aspiration, stimulated mental activity, increased oxygen supply to the brain, increased contentment, and enhanced assurance. Orange also helps aid decision making, and enhances happiness, confidence, and understanding.
While orange does stimulate the appetite, it is a common color found in citrus fruit and is often associated with Vitamin C and a healthy diet. Orange is a popular color in restaurants to encourage the feeling of hunger and contentment (those fast food restaurants again…lol).
Too much orange causes self-centered and self-serving qualities, including pride, arrogance, and lack of care for others. Too little orange causes loss of motivation, lower self-esteem, and loneliness.
The colour of love. Passion, desire, heat, blood and also rage and anger.
Red represents physical energy, lust and passion. It symbolizes action, confidence, and courage.
The color red is an intense color that is packed with emotion — representing both cupid and the devil. It is a hot, strong, stimulating color that represents excitement and energy. Studies show that the color red can create physical effects such as elevated blood pressure, enhanced libido, increased respiratory rates, enhanced metabolism, increased enthusiasm, higher levels of energy, and increased confidence.
Too much red causes loss of temper, agitation, anger, and overbearing, demanding, and oppressive behaviors. Too little red causes lethargic, cautious, whiny, and manipulative feelings. To get out of control emotions under control add green, the opposite of red. To get rid of exhaustion, add more red.
For the home, the colour red is best used in the dining room as it encourages appetite.
Hopefully now both you and I will have a better understanding of the many ways colours play on our psyche as human beings.
- Shakeela 🙂
Full Articles on Colours:
Purple: (Extracted from https://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-purple/)
Blue: (Extracted from https://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-blue/)
Green: (Extracted from https://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-green/)
Yellow: (Extracted from https://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-yellow/)
Orange: (Extracted from https://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-orange/)
Red: (Extracted from https://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-red/)