Have you ever wondered why a certain room color makes you relaxed or agitated? Or why you are always drawn to your favorite color, time and time again? Behaviors and feelings triggered by color are all part of color psychology. In fact, one of the most notable color psychology studies from the 1970s and 80s showed that the color pink calmed schoolchildren. Now, it’s not uncommon for prison holding cells to be painted pink, as well – to calm down the inmates!
Read on to find out more about the powerful effects of color on a person. You can make your own apartment peaceful when you know the colors of your own mind!
Color affects brain waves and can even raise or lower blood pressure. Many studies like the ones featured in the book ”Drunk Tank Pink” (think Pepto-Bismol!) have proven that color can alter how you feel and behave.
While pink calms and soothes the mind, a darker red can make you feel agitated and angry. Blue is the considered a calming color across cultures, lowering the heart rate and body temperature. Green has healing powers: patients have even been shown to benefit from time spent in hospital gardens.
Clearly, the power of color isn’t all in one’s head. Color changes your state of mind.
Not only do colors have an impact on mood, but your favorite color also reveals a lot about your personality. Better yet, you can learn what makes other people tick by taking a closer look at their unique color personalities. Here are some general guidelines.
When you understand how different colors affect you, use that knowledge to enhance your decorating. Keep these color characteristics in mind.
As you plan your color-coordinated room design, don’t forget about a very popular non-color: white. There are many shades of white, and they all create relaxing, low-vibe energy. When you start with a white foundation, you have a lot of opportunities to add interchangeable accents of other favorite colors.
The next time you go on a date, look for a roommate or meet someone new, ask the person about his or her favorite color. Then use your new color psychology knowledge to see if you can gain insight into their color personality.