Do Colors Affect Our Moods?
Do colors really affect our moods? Many say yes. Artists and designers have long believed colors affect our moods, emotions and feelings and they use them to elicit certain responses. We associate particular colors with blood flow, heart beat and changes in your mood. However, studies show that when subjected to a color over a period of time it loses its possible meaning and influence or can have the reverse reaction to what was originally intended.
Feelings about colours are often rooted in personal experience or culture. White has been typically associated with purity and innocence. In Eastern countries, many brides wear white for their wedding dress. But it has also been used as a symbol for mourning in many Western cultures.
In the United States, the white wedding dress was thought to be reserved for virgin brides. However nowadays, that is not always the case as many brides wear white whether or not they are virgins.
Studies have shown that men react more romantically to women dressed in red. Red is used in stop signs because it is seen as strong and active. It influences others to act or stop. Red has also been found to affect sports performances. Red wins more.
Our favorite colors have us react well while if we do not like a color we may see it as bad luck. Green, however, is thought to be a lucky color for all. So if you wear green will it bring you good luck? Seems like a silly notion to me. Than we should all wear green all the time? Or then would it lose all meaning?
There are some basic rules about colors and their meanings. Colors in the red part of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and those on the blue side are known as cool colours.
The warm colors are red, orange and yellow. These colors make you feel warm and comfortable but can also make you angry and enraged. The cool colors are blue, purple and green. These colors are usually described as calming and tranquil but can also be associated with sadness or indifference. We tend to say, “we are feeling blue” when we feel sad.
Using colors to heal is known as color therapy or chromotherapy. This treatment is still used today as a holistic or alternate form of treatment.
Some researchers think the use of color for treatment is exaggerated. But studies have shown some effects when colors are used on people. This can also be associated with the belief that it will work. Other studies show that if you believe in something than you tend to produce the desired result.
Colors & Meanings
Red is typically associated with blood so it is more likely to be associated with anger or violence. However it is also the color associated with our hearts, passion, stimulation and with love. So, there are some conflicting thoughts on the color red.
Blue was thought to treat health ailments and reduce pain. This seems contrary to the thought that blue is for sadness.
Indigo is good for skin problems.
Yellow is good for stimulation of nerves and purification of blood. It also means joy and happiness like the warmth of the sun.
Orange is good for the lungs. It stimulates enthusiasm and energy.
Black is associated with mourning and evil. Just wearing it can make you more down or depressed.
Pink is associated with love, innocence and romance. It is also thought to be calming or peaceful and friendly.
Green is associated with money & jealousy. It is also linked to the environment and nature.
Whether or not these beliefs are true, colors do have a history in our culture. It is interesting to understand where this history and ideas came from.