What Colors Do To Your Emotions

If something is greatly affecting your mood you should have a look at your color palette.

Photo by David Pisnoy on Unsplash

If I walk into a scarlet room I immediately want to walk back out. For some reason, it affects my mood that much. But I do like red on certain things like sports cars, high heel shoes, and lipstick. Those are what were intended to be red, not a room, unless it’s in a brothel.

Colors and their shades, tints, and tones affect us in different ways. By knowing the affects you may be able to change or help your mood toward a certain direction.

Warm Vs. Cool

Warm Colors
Red, orange, and yellow are warm colors. They grab your attention and make you act, think caution signs.
  • Red can make you hungry and increase your heart rate.
    Apples and hearts are red.
  • Orange is spirited, appealing, and welcoming, it enhances liveliness and pleasure.
    Imagine walking up to a Koi fish pond.
  • Yellow is joyful and spontaneous, it’s full of delight and optimism, it’s positive and cheery.
    The sun brings forth a bright new day.
Cool colors
Green, blue, and purple are all cool colors. Cool colors can be comforting and peaceful but can also prompt sorrow.
  • Green is hopeful and invigorating, this calming color represents well-being, a fresh start, prosperity, and relaxation.
    A young plant sprout, a seedling, characterizes green.
  • Blue is safe and signifies spirituality, security, and trust.
    Think of that ADT sign in your neighbor’s yard.
  • Purple spurs the imagination and represents mystery and prosperity.
    You know that purple piggy bank that you are putting all your dimes in so you can save up to finally quit your day job to write that mystery novel and get rich. What, you don’t have one of those?

Bright Vs. Dark

Bright and Neon Colors
  • Bright and neon colors are stimulating but can be irritating to the eye. The brighter and lighter the color the more happy and positive it is.
    There is a house that I used to drive by every day that appears to be white but it has pink undertones. When the sun sets it glimmers a pinkish white unicorn color. It seems like such a fresh, magical, and happy house. Every time I see it, I smile.
Dark and Muted Colors
  • Dark and muted colors can convey sadness.
    Has the Grim Reaper ever smiled?

Black, Brown, White, and Grey

  • Brown gives off a sense of permanency and support, it is sincere, real and loyal.
    The brown dirt under your feet is a foundation of what brown can represent.
  • Black can be classy, somber, powerful, and luxurious. It is stylish, professional, and modest but can also embody grief, dread, and unhappiness.
    A widow at a funeral or an entrepreneur in a black business suit exemplifies the feeling of black.
  • Gray can be solemn, professional, established, and accountable. It is harmless, submissive, and reserved, and can lack feeling.
    A boring grey rock. That’s it, nothing more.
  • White is innocent, new, fresh, and unsoiled.
    A crisp, white baby’s baptism outfit.

How are colors affecting your emotions and mood? What color are the clothes you wear, the walls in your house or office? Want to sleep better, choose a light green for your bedroom. Do you want to be more creative, purple will help with that. You can create the mood you want by choosing the colors in your life.
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