When I was going through cancer, I researched how different colors affect our mood. What I discovered was that I can create any mood or “feel” I want by choosing the correct color. Most of my research comes from learning about color therapy for cancer patients, but it applies to any situation. Here are how different colors make you feel and the benefits they can have on you physically.
Blue: Blue can cause different emotions in different people. In some people it can evoke feelings of sadness. However, blue also has the ability to suppress appetite (if you’re dieting; paint your kitchen an eggshell blue). Softer blues generally calm most people, provide a relaxing feeling, and may even lower blood pressure. Blue is the color for compassion and wisdom. Gray blues are also relaxing. Gray may seem depressing but a blue gray is generally a very earthy and natural color. Vibrant blues normally create excitement and positivity.
Reds and Oranges: Red and orange are known to increase appetite. Have you ever noticed that a lot of restaurants have some form of red or orange in the décor? Red can actually increase your blood pressure, but is a great stimulating color. Red can cause either excitement and decision making, or elevate feelings of anger and hostility. Orange is known to be friendly and relaxing. I don’t care for vibrant oranges but do love burnt orange in the fall for a feeling of warmth. Egyptians used orange to treat lung problems in sick people, according to a documentary I saw on the History Channel. Orange is a dramatic, youthful color; very flamboyant. A lot of times, your feelings about a color are simply associated with your memories. If you felt safe and happy growing up in a purple room, odds are good that you will always associate happy times with that color.
Greens: Greens, for many people create feelings of optimism, happiness, and kindness. It is the color of harmony and balance. This is my favorite color because I love nature and peace. According to Going Mental, green is the color that is easiest for the eyes to focus on for long periods of time. Do you remember the scene in “Meet the Parents,” where Robert Dinero tells Ben Stiller, “Geniuses choose green,” and Stiller says, “The rental guy picked it.” So funny, but also true according to studies that showed that people of higher IQ generally gravitate towards green.
Purples and Lavenders: Purples are very often associated with royalty and lavender is often associated with the finer things in life. Purple in some cultures is also associated with death. In general, purple creates a feeling of richness and creativity, as well as dignity, while lavender can create a feeling of unease in some people, rather than relaxation. Some people find lavender very stuffy and overdone, while others feel it reflects quality and finery. Lavender is also often associated with charm and wit.