Interior Design In Action – Color Me Happy


Interior design has a powerful affect on our everyday lives.  Our built environment can affect the way we feel and function within a space.  Psychologically, color is one of the most influential aspects in interior design.  There have been studies on color psychology and how it affects the way we feel.  Ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures have used color as a healing regimen, called chromotherapy. In these treatments, and other studies, the following has been said about certain colors:


Red, orange and yellow are considered warm colors.  Warm colors have stronger arousal qualities as they can increase blood pressure.



RED: can make one feel active, energetic, adventurous, stimulating, and vital. It has been said to stimulate the mind and body and increase circulation.


ORANGE: was used to heal the lungs and increase energy levels in chromotherapy. Studies have also shown orange and red can stimulate appetite.



YELLOW: used to stimulate intellect; associated with cheer, gaiety and fun. In chromotherapy it was used to purify the body and stimulate the nerves.


Researchers have established that cool colors like greens and blues can lower blood pressure and therefore enhance feelings of peace and tranquility.


GREEN: affiliated with feelings of comfort, serenity, and calm. It is also associated with nature which has been proven to lower stress levels.


BLUE: associated with calm, security, rest and peace. It was believed to soothe pain and heal illness when used for chromotherapy in ancient cultures.


NEUTRALS: whites, browns, grays and creams can bring a feeling of stability, practicality, and sophistication to a space.


Neutrals can also offer balance when paired with bolder, brighter colors:



Most people have a favorite color or at least a preference towards the warmer or cooler color spectrum.  Now knowing it affects your mood, you might have learned a little something about yourself!


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