Today’s style includes many vibrant colors that create moods and emotional reactions when you spend time in the space. For instance, have you ever heard of the term, “hospital green,” or “industrial grey?”
Even just the words can invoke feelings like nausea or boredom. There’s just something about color that evokes feelings in us as human beings.
Perhaps it has to do with the combining of our senses or some other cause, but many have been curious about this affect color has on our emotion. Much research has been done over the years, and some suggestions or theories have been formulated.
One interesting study was done involving children who were previously under detention for misbehavior at the San Bernardino County Probation Department in California. When they became violent, they were placed in a room painted bubble gum pink. The children relaxed and many even fell asleep within about 10 minutes.
While many professional Psychologists remain skeptical of the results of these studies, an estimated 1,500 hospitals and correctional institutes across the country have since painted at least one room that same shade of pink.*
What’s interesting about color is that light affects it. You can notice this in any room you look at that’s been painted. You’ll see in shaded areas the color appears difference than in lighted areas. Light plays on color just as it does other surfaces. Artificial lights can produce different underlying tones in the light as well, so this also affects the color you see even if the color is definitely the same.
It seems crazy to go as far as saying that color can affect your health. But many people do see this as highly likely. We already know that how we feel affects our health, so it logically makes sense that if a color makes us feel unwell that it is affecting our health. The same is true for colors that bring up our mood.
When we spend time in a space that is lively with color that brings us up, we feel good. Anytime something makes us feel better, our endorphins are released and the resulting serotonin level rise serves to improve our mood.
For instance, in England, London ‘s Blackfriars bridge was an area where many people committed suicide. In an attempt to reduce the number of people jumping from the bridge, it was repainted blue. And in the Soviet Union, coal miners were showered with ultraviolet light which was believed to prevent lung disease.
So when you think about it, the best advice you can get when choosing your colors for your painting project is to trust your mood. What emotion do you think of when you see a certain shade of color? What colors make you feel comfortable, relaxed, ready to hit the world running, or vibrant?
While many of us may have the same sense of emotion involved with a specific color, our experiences and past life also plays an important role in how we feel about it. For instance, if you grew up in a room with a beautiful meadow green on the walls with soft, light green curtains and french-country inspired furnishings, you may be drawn to looks that represent this scene.
When you choose Painting Painting, you’ll have access to any color you desire for your remodeling project. We work closely with leading interior designers who can help you achieve any color scheme you desire for your home. And if you’re all out of ideas about your choices, we’ll help you figure out what moves you individually and as a family.
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