Have you ever painted the walls just to realize that it completely changes the vibe in the room? Do you have a strong emotional response to rooms designed in particular colours?
It’s not just you. Colours can significantly impact the atmosphere in the room and your mood.
A study conducted by Australian researchers from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in partnership with a Melbourne-based virtual reality company Liminal VR and Taubmans paint revealed how different colours in real-life environments affected people’s emotions.
“The right colours will make you feel relaxed and calm, or cheerful and excited, yet pick the wrong colour scheme, and your walls risk making you feel bored, sad, tense and, worst of all, irritated” said Tim Walsh, the spokesman for Taubmans, speaking to The New Daily.
So how exactly different colours affect you and your room?
Red is an intense colour typically associated with strength, excitement and even anger. It might be a great colour for places where you tend to socialise, like your living room, but may not be that great for your bedroom.
Blue and green
Blue is traditionally seen as a calming colour, as is bluish or greyish green. Indeed, in the Taubmans study, the most relaxing colour chosen by participants was grey-green colour ‘seagull’ followed by ‘faded lilac’ and ‘padre blue’.
Another study done in Britain a few years ago revealed that people who slept in blue-decorated bedrooms got the best quality sleep.
Yellow is usually described as energetic, cheery and warm, and was rated as most cheerful in the Taubmans study. But be careful with yellow, as some people may find it irritating.
Orange shines of energy, enthusiasm and excitement – another color great for living room but not the bedroom. It is also said to stimulate appetite, so if you have some picky eaters, you might consider painting your dining room walls orange.
Brown triggers feelings of warmth, security, comfort, reliability. But in large quantities it can also cause feelings of loneliness and isolation.
So what color should you choose? Go for calming colors for the rooms where you plan to relax, and for more energizing colours for those rooms where you will be socializing. But remember that our emotional responses to colour are not not hard science. Individual emotional responses to different colours vary greatly, depending on our personalities, cultural upbringing and personal experiences. What might be exciting for one person will be too stimulating or too bold for another. What’s calming and relaxing to one might be too boring or sad for another.