Cool colors consist of not only blue, green, and purple, but they can also include the tints and shades of these colors. They may also consist of neutral colors with cool undertones, such as bluish grays and beige. What feelings do you associate with “cool” colors? Many people associate them with a fresh spring breeze, calm water, and sometimes with a feeling of sadness. How do certain colors evoke various images in our minds?
Color psychology: Cool colors can evoke feelings of calm and sophistication
We often associate these colors with feelings of calmness. Cool hues can be crisp, sophisticated. Have you ever stepped into a room with a cool color scheme and instantly felt calm and relaxed? While purple is often seen as a sophisticated hue, green is a great choice for a room that is use for relaxation, such as a bedroom or the living room. Blue is also a good choice, but it can also cause feelings of sadness and depression for some people.
Color psychology: Cool colors, particularly blue, can cause feelings of depression
Sometimes, cool colors can be too calming, and in certain people, they might even cause feelings of depression. This calm hue has been known to slow the pulse, lower body temperature, and even reduce appetite. If you want to use a blue scheme in your home, perhaps it would be best to use it to create a spa-like atmosphere in the bathroom. For a calm, sophisticated living area, consider decorating with green or purple, if you prefer cool colors over warm hues.
How can you decorate your home with cool colors, while avoiding the adverse effects?
It can be difficult to know how blue, purple, or green is going to affect you psychologically until you see it in your home. However, you can consider the application, and the overall amount of each color that will be in a particular room. These colors combine well with white and neutral hues, so consider using cool colors as accents in a neutral scheme, if you are prone to sadness and depression.
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