Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Emotional Side of Color

Blue-serenity, loyalty, sincerity, justice, peace, sadness, anecdote for red

Yellow-optimism, cheer, wisdom, warmth, irritability, hostility

Red-love, passion, courage, danger

White-joy, hope, purity, innocence, cleanliness, enlightenment

Green-growth, birth, envy, refreshment,wealth, compassion

Gray-steady, stable,negotiable,protected, dignity, resignation

Orange-active, bold,cheerful,fun, exuberance

Color is an amazing tool that allows us to evoke a certain feeling or mood. If we take advantage of color we also reap the physical benefits as well. For example, blue reduces blood pressure and is good for concentration. Yellow sharpens memory and aids digestion. Red increases blood pressure and aids digestion. Green is good for rejuvenation, balance and absorbs the after image of color (used in operating rooms). Orange decreases irritability, decreases hostility and improves social behavior. Take a moment to consider how color affects you in the rooms you design and live in.

Images courtesy of: Room Envy, Orange Room, Country Living, ShakinStyle, Coastal Living.


  1. Oh fun post and great to know that loving orange has added bonuses!

  2. This is a great post. I'm happy to see that green relates to growth, wealth, refreshment. I am doing our home office in a sage green.


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