Sunday, December 10, 2006

How Do Colors Affect Our Life?

Whether or not we realize it, we are all affected by the colors that surround us. When we pick out the colors of our home or office furniture, our choice of colurs reflect our mood and personality. As such, choosing the right colors for furniture or wall paints can positively influence the moods of friends and family alike. So,choose wisely. Below is a color guide to help you make the right choice.

Red stimulates our nervous system and increases assertiveness. Reds make us feel empowered and energetic. they are great for areas where physical activity is happening, like a workout room. Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Paint your bedroom red and you'll jump out bed. Red seen in the aura indicates passion, courage, enthusiam, and excitement.

Orange is also stimulating. Red and orange also increase the appetite. This is why these colors are so popular in restaurants and especially fast food restaurants. When these colors are present, not only are you hungry and want to eat a lot, but your nervous system is also stimulated so that you want to get out of there quickly.

Orange is a great color for a dining room as it helps people loosen up and laugh more. Around orange, people are usually more gregarious, this perhaps is why designers for the Oprah Winfrey talk show picked orange and color as the dominating theme for the set on Oprah's show. In an orange dining room, dinner parties will last longer and seem more interesting. Orange seen in the aura indicates energy, optimism, and positive thoughts

Pinks offer a sense of well being and make people feel affectionate and positive toward others. Pink was once the staple of little girls bedrooms, but new shades of rose, mauve and blush have become popular choices in carpets, furniture and social areas like living rooms. A light shade of pink can be used as a neutral background much like a gray. Pink seen in the aura indicates friendship, affection, devotion, and tenderness.

Yellows remind us of the sun. They make a dark room appear to be bright and cheery. Yellow can visually expand the space in a small room, but pale yellow should be used in a small room or it can be overpowering. Yellow is terrific to brighten up a bedroom or a living room, especially when combined with royal blue. Yellow seen in the aura indicates luck, intelligence, and acadenic acheivement.

Greens are symbolic of gardens, meadows and forests. When we are surrounded by green, we feel calm, refreshed and at peace. Green is great for bedrooms, bathrooms and other areas where tranquility is desired. Green brings nature indoors, no matter where you live. It is also very helpful in cooling down a room that receives a lot of hot sunny weather. Green seen in the aura indicates money, prosperity, abundance, and a love of nature. Light Green indicates health, new beginnings, youthfulness.

Blue is the most popular color of choice by most people. It symbolizes relaxation, serenity and a deep peace. Blue in the home can be used to psychologically cool a home in a warm climate and combined with contrasts of yellow or gold, blue can brighten a home and its occupants moods almost instantly. Blue seen in the aura
indicates peace, calmness, communication, and intuition. Light Blue indicates spiritual and psychic development, and compassion.

Purple is a deeply spiritual color and inspires awe and respect. When made lighter into lavender, it become comfortable and assuring. If you suffer from insomina, lavender is great in a bedroom, as it lowers blood pressure and relaxes the mind. Purple however is powerful and regal and makes a statement in any room. Small touches
of purple can affect the mood of the entire room, even a few throw pillows in this color will excite the room. Purple seen in the aura indicates intuitiveness, confidence, and spiritual advancement.

Browns symbolize down to earth features. Brown is stable, secure and supporting. The brown family includes beige and taupe and are great for neutral areas in the home like kitchens. A rust color in a kitchen with copper pots combined with green or blue is breathtaking and offers a calm and supportive feeling. Browns bring rooms
together, yet stay in the background. They neither activate nor pacify emotions, they cooperate with the other colors, serving to bring them to light. Brown can be considered the frame of a painting. Brown seen in the aura indicates stability, practicality, and acquiring land.

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  1. Yes.. definitely colors give affects, there's even color therapy.

    I remember that yellow color isn't suitable for baby's wall because it makes baby cry.

    Green color is good for eyes, but I have no idea why surgery rooms/gowns (but daily doctor gowns is white color) and desks in casino are green color.

  2. When green and red are mixed you get black. Surgical gowns and drapes are green so that blood-stained/soaked drapes don't look bright and distact the personnel.

  3. Anonymous12:50 AM

    why no black & white ahhh ... :P

  4. Orange... "...your nervous system is also stimulated so that you want to get out of there quickly..."

    I like that one! But usually no matter what colour the restaurant is, we would tend to chat away the evening, until the waiter slams the bill on our table... =_=!!!

  5. Selba, I didn't know yellow makes babies cry.

    Bernard, thanks for sharing that.

    Slurp! black and white, eh? Panda's fav colours.

    YD, if restaurants ever impose a time-limit for diners, then I know why. ;)