A quick look at how colour works

Our visual senses are highly developed with over 30million light sensitive receptors. Each colour is received and recognised in a different pathway of the brain. Light is made up of different wave lengths, violet has the shortest wave length and red the longest. They can affect our health, hormones, and especially our mood, to the point where science describes colour as sensation. Some colours have the power to increase blood pressure, metabolism and even stress levels. If we play our colours right we can reap major benefits from them. They can help us relax, be social, productive and happy. It all comes down to using the right colour in the right place.

Which emotions do you want to convey in your home?

Most people go for neutral colours like a cream, as they don’t evoke many emotions and can be matched with almost everything. This is the safest option to go for but if you feel ready to take on a challenge, here are some colour tips to keep in mind. Warm colours in the red area of the spectrum tend to make spaces appear smaller where cool colours are more spacious.
Red is an aggressive and passionate colour. This is due to the wave lengths of the light that actually speedup your heart rate and blood pressure giving you an energy spike and speeding up your metabolism. Studies have shown that when wearing the colour red people could take you more serious and find you more attractive.
Orange in hallways and gyms can speed people up.
Blue can do the exact opposite by slowing things down, it can help you relax and increase your creativity.
Green acts a lot like blue. It will relax and refresh you. It’s great for calming people down and de-escalating an argument.
Shocking yellow can bring joy but in a large scale in a long periods of time can cause slight nausea and can create a depressing environment. Small pops of yellow are more effective. Yellow can also draw attention and help with concentration. It is also the most difficult colour for the eye to take in. Due to this being overwhelming people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow room.
Deep purple is an empowering colour representing royalty and old values.
There are so many ways colours can affect you and this is just a quick breakdown. If this interests you then keep your eyes peeled for our in depth study on colour psychology coming soon.

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