Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How Color Makes Us Feel

Hello everyone!  This is Kristin again. :)  I have noticed that in the last few years, various shades of blue, red, yellow and green have become very popular colors for painted furniture.  Why is this?  I believe that a splash of color in our homes can make us feel cheerful and invigorated. Personally, I would never paint all the walls in my home turquoise or fire truck red, but I do enjoy a bright red bookshelf, or a turquoise end table or dresser.  While researching the subject of color's relation to mood, I found this great article from
Lisa Bryne gives some great info about how our favorite colors can make us feel.

Red is associated with high energy and power. It is the color our eyes are drawn to first in a room, so a little can go a long way. Red signals courage, ambition and strength. It promotes alertness and speed, and connects us to our physical self.

Yellow is the color of optimism, brightness, cheery attitude and mental clarity. It promotes creative, clear, upbeat thinking and decision making. Yellow can be helpful in easing depression and encouraging laughter.

Green is a tremendously pleasing color. It has many positive qualities — invoking renewal, balance, refreshment and peace – which provides a calming influence and stress reducer.

Blue promotes rest and calm and is a very popular color (the majority of people will respond that their favorite color is blue).  Blue can be very effective to help ward off insomnia and promote a deep relaxing sleep. It can help balance hyperactivity in children, and promotes imagination and intuitive thinking.

Lisa  suggests that before we bring color into our homes, we should do a little personal assessment of how color impacts us. Sometimes a color may generally impact people one way, but for you, it brings out entirely different moods, feelings or emotions.
Write out each color on a sheet of paper (perhaps use a set of crayons or colored pencils to shade in a space of color on the page) and write down any words that come to mind. Don’t analyze it, just let it come out stream of consciousness.
After jotting down your knee-jerk feelings about each color, review it and see if you feel drawn to certain colors — or resistant to others. Use this as a guide as you think about ways to bring color into your world.

How do these colors make you feel?  If you get a few minutes,
please try this exercise and share your results with us!
Here are my results-
Red-Energetic, Busy
       Yellow-Happy, Optimistic
   Green-Life, Motivation
 Blue-Comfort, Sanity


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