Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Color Test

I recently came across a study that describes various colors and they way they make you feel. I think it is pretty right on!! It is really interesting to think about the colors in your home. Why did you select them and how do they really make you feel. I challenge you to sit in a room with a color on the walls and really focus on how you feel while you are in that room. Check it out and let me know what you think!!!

  • Red-
    increases energy and enthusiasm
    generates excitement
    instills confidence
    associated with energizing organs, blood circulation, and the senses of hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch
    recommended as an accent since it’s intense
    might hurt a person’s ability to settle down or concentrate for extended periods
    an occasional bold stroke of it can encourage attention to detail
  • Orange-
    cheerful, bold, daring, spontaneous
    creates a sense of adventure
    encourages confidence and independence
    takes creativity and enthusiasm to new levels
    stimulates the lungs, respiration, and digestion
    reputed to increase milk production in new mothers and boost the appetite
    may elevate IQ as much as twelve points
  • Yellow-
    the most visible color
    sparks optimism, enlightenment, energy, creativity
    stimulates mental activity and memory
    said to encourage expression and communication
    believed to heighten mentality and strengthen muscles
    can assist in concentration, memorization, visualization skills, speaking, and writing
    some research showed babies cried more in yellow rooms
    other studies also found that couples argue most in yellow kitchens
  • Green-
    said to be the most refreshing color and the easiest on the eyes
    brings peace, rest, hope, comfort, balance, and harmony
    creates a sense of safety and security
    good for preemies or infants with gastroesophageal reflux syndrome
    strengthens and preserves eyesight
    alleviates depression, nervousness, and anxiety
  • Blue-
    perceived as a constant in our lives since it’s the color of the ocean and the sky
    soothing, calming, tranquil, peaceful
    may encourage individuals to be trustworthy, committed and dependable
    is used to help babies with respiratory distress syndrome
    decreases heart rate
  • Purple-
    a rich uplifting color
    provides a sense of calmness
    promotes inner strength
    inspires creativity and artistic talents
    is associated with respect and spirituality
    may calm a colicky baby and foster peaceful sleep
    provides a soothing effect on the ears, eyes, and nervous system
  • Pink-
    sweet, calming, innocent
    pink symbolizes youthfulness and softness
    it’s often associated with kindness
    said to heal sadness
    allows individuals to get in touch with their feelings
  • Brown-
    deep connection to the earth
    has natural and organic components
    is believed to afford a sense of stability and wholeness
    a very grounding color
    provides a feeling of order, reliability, and protection
  • Black-
    a submissive color
    makes a room appear smaller for a cozy, stabilizing feeling
    promotes a sense of bring grounded
    strengthens the ability to focus and gain a sense of self
  • White-
    a pure and joyous color
    symbolizes cleanliness and new beginnings
    aids in clear thinking and encourages clarity
    generates a sense of balance and harmony
    is associated with speedy healing
    a common color to treat depression


Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

This is so interesting. We have all different colors on our walls...terracotta, green, yellow. I didn't expect white to be so benifical.

Thanks!!! :)


Kathysue said...

Love this! So interesting. I am a green girl and after reading the explanation I now understand why. It gives me all of the essential elements I require in my enviroment I did a fun post on color a while ago with a color quiz and it defines your personality by color. Guess what I was Green, go figure. If you are interested go here:http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-color-are-you.html

The Floppy Cow said...

Isn't it amazing how color can set the mood and make or break a room? We recently repainted the walls in one of our bathrooms, from red to a nice khaki color.It made the room feel not only brighter and larger but so crisp and clean.

Down and Out Chic said...

i love everything about color theory and color psychology. color makes a huge difference in our lives, especially our living spaces!

Valerie said...

Interesting! Our kitchen is red and our living room is green. I think the descriptions go well.