How Colors Affect Us

Colors have intrinsic properties that affect us physiologically, but our personal experiences also control how we react to different colors. Choose the right colors for added comfort at home.

Turquoise cools and reduces blood circulation. Photo: Designers Guild

Joanna Pierre Foucard’s architectural curator and certified colorists and since 2004 has worked with coloration projects for both public and private environments. She also lectures including on color psychology, color theory and color scheme. Joanna says that man has always been influenced by colors.

Color is an important information carrier. Humans have always read the colors of nature to draw conclusions, both from the color of the sky to determine the weather for any fungal edibility or oätlighet.

Red accents in an otherwise black and white room.

There are many ideas about how color affects how we feel and feel. Some are sound color psychological facts such that it becomes active in the red room.

Tests done on trotting horses after a race were housed in stalls painted in red or blue, have also proved that they were in the red stall took more time to unwind and recover than in the blue, says Joanna.

At the Environmental Psychology in Lund have measured people’s brain and heart activity while they worked in the test rooms with different color schemes. It turned out that the brain was activated significantly more in a colorful room than in a monochrome gray, and red room gave more brain activity than blue. Other claims could be disproved from a scientific point of view, it freezes, for example, no more in the blue room than in the red.

Orange makes us optimistic and enthusiastic. Photo: Designers Guild.

But how we perceive color depends not only on measurable physical reactions, but also culturally conditioned. In the West, associated, for example, black with grief and sadness or sexiness.

It is not as simple as it can be said that a color has certain characteristics, because the shade is very important.

A light blue tone can seem soothing, while a sharp blue can take a lot of space and energy, and not at all feel soothing.

Very colored colors accentuate themselves and take much space and it makes them easier to tire of, it’s the same with strong patterns.

t is easier to get sick of sharp colors.

I do not think you should be afraid of color and pattern, but can be coloring in the details. When I paint sets, I usually say that one color should feel good and not be seen. The color should be just like a caress the eye.

In his work as a colorist is Joanna Pierre Foucard developed a color tools she uses in their courses on color schemes. There is a lot about how different settings affect how we feel.

I think it’s important to feel for the colors that will just make you feel good than what is stylish and trendy.

The tool is to develop a person’s personal pallet. For although there are some measurable factors in how colors affect us, there are large individual differences, says Joanna.

What really affects the way we perceive a color is our own personal history.

You should look inward and backward. Which environments during my childhood made me feel good? How did they look? Then one can find colors from there and bring into one’s own home. I advocate that you should choose a color spectrum that is one’s own.

When choosing colors, it is also important to consider how the color combination becomes.

– Basic when working with color is that a color should never be seen alone. You’ll see it along with the floor and ceiling, and if you have large windows will also see it with what is outside the window.

Natural colors can create warmth and security.

What color combinations to fit, vary from person to person, so you have to choose them as you find harmony.

Most of the Western world, we want calm and bright rooms. I think you can work more with color schemes, for example woodwork. Traditionally in Sweden has been painted and decorated furniture, doors and door scopes and it can work a lot with.

Joanna says that the colors of the furnishings are a way to bring color into the home and can also be adapted to what they are used to. For example, you can have a rug that you usually lie and play games on, then it may be red.

There are also some general ideas on what colors suit in some rooms.For example, a warm color in the hall felt welcome.

red can work on the walls of the hall, as it was only staying there for a short time. But it also symbolizes love, you are invited into a family’s warm embrace.
The opposite is true in the bedroom where a bright blue or green are calming and peaceful. The kitchen and bathroom fit clean and fresh colors like blue, white and turquoise shades.

In the living room fit a little different colors depending on what you use the room for. Are you very active, hanging out with friends, talking, watching TV and playing games in which it can work with more color, for example, furniture and carpets.

The most important thing is that you feel good about your choice of color and feel comfortable with them.

This Is The Different Colors:

Red is a powerful and energetic color that attracts attention and send out warning signals. Red rooms make us more active, the heart beats faster and you blink more often.

Blue has a soothing effect. It is a color that makes us breathe calmer and blink less frequently. The Blue Room is often perceived as spacious.The color is also said to stimulate creativity.

Orange is a warm and energetic color that makes us optimistic and enthusiastic. The color is said to stimulate the appetite, making it suitable for kitchens and dining areas. Orange is also the color of communication, which allows it to fit in the room where you spend time.

Gray symbolizes traditionally seen the wisdom, but often associated today with boredom. Gray is a neutral color that particularly comes into its own with other colors. Creative people are said to thrive in the gray room, because it does not emit more than the balance between light and dark.

Pink is a soothing color that provides security. It stands for joy and optimism and is a good color for children and rehabilitative context. The gentle color is good for the place that you want to have peace in.

Lime is an intense, fresh and VARIG color that might be best suited for smaller areas.

Turquoise cools and reduces blood circulation. The color is perceived as clean and fresh and therefore fit well in the bathroom.

Brown is an earthy color that creates warmth and security, but it is said that too much brown can promote any build.

Purple is a wistful and spiritual color that is said to provide better sleep. It is suitable in areas for meditation, thinking and recovery. Bright shades are peaceful, but the dark can tire the eyes when used on large surfaces.

Yellow is an intense color of some color psychologists believe may cause nausea and seasickness. They also believe that yellow is the first color that infants perceive.

Green has a calming effect on people. It symbolizes nature, growth and cycles. Light green is considered to give greater happiness and well-being.
It is also said that the senses sharpened more and make it easier to perform precision work.

Black is the dominant color in the western world are associated with the accident, death, disease, hatred and sadness. But black is also considered classic and trendy.

White is the emptiness and rest. But to have the stark white walls of the home can feel desolate. Therefore tend to mix the white color with a different color, to break the color.