Thursday, March 25, 2010


Color has the ability to communicate with our emotions and affect our psychological state. Color can inspire, energize, soothe, and enliven.
With that said, I am going to go through different colors and try to explain the way the affect spaces and the people that use them...
RED is an intense color that is often associated with energy, strength, power, determination, and passion. It can increase your breathing rate and raise your blood pressure, therefore enhancing metabolism. In a productivity sense, red can make people more cautious and detail oriented, which will increase productivity.
ORANGE combines the energy of red with the happiness of yellow, and represents enthusiasm, excitement, creativity, success, and stimulation. Orange should not be used in places that are meant to be calm and relaxing (aka bedroom or living room), but would be excellent in a kitchen or gym.
YELLOW is the color of the sunshine and represents warmth, joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow has the ability to enhance concentration (legal pads and post its...), and speed up the metabolism. It is also the hardest color for the eyes to take in, so when overused, it can have a disturbing affect- causing babies to cry and people to lose their temper.
GREEN is the color of nature and is easiest color for the eyes to adjust to. It can improve vision, stability, and endurance while creating a calming effect when used in large expanses. It is pretty much suitable for any room in the house! (hence the reason my house and office have green rooms...)
BLUE , the color of the sky and the ocean, has the opposite connotations of red, promoting tranquility and calmness. It can also symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, and faith. Blue has the ability to make a space feel clean and calm and to slow down the metabolism.
PURPLE is the color of royalty and connotes wealth, luxury, and sophistication. When used as an accent color, it can create depth in a space.
WHITE symbolizes purity, and innocence (Brides...). White also portrays sterility and cleanliness, which can most often lead a space to look cold and boring. It also shows dirt quickly and is hard on the eyes because it reflects light.
BLACK is intimidating and powerful and represents the absense of light and color. Black can symbolize aggression, formality, elegance, evil, and death. Black gives the feeling of perspective and depth, but should only be used as an accent because in large quantities it can be oppressive.

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