Pablo Picasso once remarked, "Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions."
While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange, and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility.
Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced Chromotherapy, or the use of colors to heal. Chromotherapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or Colorology and is still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment.
In this treatment:
- Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.
- Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
- Orange was used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.
- Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain.
- Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin problems.
How do you know the effect color has on us when it’s used in our surrounding places?
- As early as the 1880s, Florence Nightingale discussed the importance of implementing varied and “brilliant” colors in hospitals in order to improve patients’ moods and health outcomes.
- Color scientist and consultant, Leslie Harrington, Ph.D., states that even when we’re not consciously thinking about the shades of our surroundings, color can still influence us, especially if it’s a bold, saturated hue.
- Several decades later, in 1950, color expert Faber Birren wrote about how some blues and greens can act as sedatives, or even be hypnotic.
- In the 1960s, researchers painted rooms in prisons across the country with a lucid shade of pink in order to study its effects on inmates. The color, later named “Baker-Miller Pink,” was shown to reduce aggressive and violent behaviors, as well as lower blood pressure and heart rate.
- Even celebrity and model, Kendall Jenner, embraced color psychology by painting a room in her home with Baker-Miller Pink, citing the research that it’s both calming and suppresses appetite.
- According to Complementary Therapist Fiona McCammon, colors have a vast array of impacts on mood – both positive and negative. They can uplift, calm & rejuvenate; inspire creativity, warmth & kindness; as well as trigger emotions of anger, fear & isolation.
- As a color therapist, McCammon’s rule of thumb is to use calm colors, such as blues and greens, in the bedroom and lively colors in the kitchen and living areas.
Left: Living room creates a cozy, sleep-friendly space
Middle: Adding blues and aqua tones in the bedroom will have a calming effect.
Right: Teaming white with warm tones will keep the mood upbeat.
Recommendation or guideline of colors that bring impact to specific areas.
Red for Energy - suitable at Dining Area, Living Room
Soft Blue for Calm - suitable at Toilet, Bathroom
Green for Comfort - suitable at Bedroom, Reading Room
Brown for Safety - suitable at Living Room
Purple for Creativity - suitable at Office, Study Room, Craft Room
Orange for Appetite - suitable at Kitchen, Dining Area
White for Space - suitable at Bedroom, Living Room
Black for Relaxation - suitable at Reading Room
Soft Yellow for Happiness - suitable at Kitchen, Dining Area, Living Room
Adding color to home or apartment doesn’t need to be as dramatic, or as expensive, like a large painting project.
Choosing to re-color living space, remember always return to personal experience and instincts. Color Therapy tends to serve as a guideline for different individuals.
Color design trends come and go, but the feelings that color evokes are less likely to change. Especially Color Therapy is powerful enough to make everyone feel calmer, more inspired, healthier in terms of mentally and physically.
Think of color design and decoration, think of RHINOZ Decorative Solution which will embark on the feelings and experience in your heart.
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