How it affects you and which one to choose


Do you not believe and just wave your hand at similar theories? So close your eyes. And imagine that you are sitting in a room whose walls are dark green. How do you feel? Calmly, or rather cramped? And now imagine the same space in soft yellow. Different, right?

It, how colors affect usis not the invention of architects who try to impose their ideas about the ideal interior on us, but a simple fact.

Colors and emotions

After all a study confirmed this conducted in 30 countries by researchers from the University of Lausanne on 4,598 participants. And although she found small cultural differences, she confirmed that color perception is actually similar regardless of where and how people live. Light and soft tones are more likely to calm us down, while rich and expressive tones can disturb or complicate concentration and affect, for example, the appetite. Interestingly, according to the results of the study, people tend to associate most colors with positive emotions, the only exception being dark tones of gray, brown and black. These colors most often, even subliminally, evoke sadness or negation.

The biggest problem is with red. For some people, it symbolizes passion, love and desire, but for others it evokes anger, a sense of danger, or even hatred. Be careful with plans for a red room, especially those with an explosive nature should forget about red in the interior altogether.

Photo: Pixel-Shot,

Handle red with care in the interior. It is a symbol of passion, but also of anger and aggressionPhoto: Pixel-Shot,

What colors to choose for the interior?

In general, never you won’t spoil anything with lighter pastel tones beige, yellow, apricot or ocher. They optically enlarge and at the same time make the space cozier. When choosing colors, however, it is also necessary to pay attention to the purpose of the room and orientation to the world side. For example, a bedroom with windows to the south needs rather cool tones, on the other hand, a living room to the north or east deserves to be “warmed up” with a warm shade – for example, peach or creamy gold.

How do colors work and what do they symbolize?

  • Red: Passion, excitement, love
  • Pink: Gentleness, tenderness, restraint
  • purple: Secret, sublimity, knowledge
  • Blue: Wisdom, peace, conciliation
  • Green: Freshness, growth, hope
  • Yellow: Optimism, joy, danger
  • Orange: Warmth, kindness, comfort
  • White: Truth, Indifference, Purity
  • Black: Sublimity, sadness, coldness

You shouldn’t underestimate how different colors affect you either. As psychologist Rachel Goldman, who studies the influence of colors on the human psyche, points out, colors and shades affect everyone a little differently. When making decisions, what colors to surround yourself with in the interior, also think about your clothes and how you feel when you wear a dress of a certain color. And feel how your mood changes when you change into a different one. “A lot of times it’s little things, but they can have a big impact,” Goldman points out.


Color psychology

In general, colors can be divided into two basic categories. Those in the red region of the spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange and yellow and all their shades. They evoke mostly positive emotions – from feelings of warm warmth to comfort and coziness, but they can also evoke feelings of anger and hostility.

On the other side of the color spectrum are cool colors, which include blues, purples, and greens. And again the whole range of their shades. These colors are often perceived as peaceful, but they can also evoke feelings of sadness or indifference.

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