What colors attract you, why ?
Every color creates certain moods and feelings within us. Studies have shown that our reactions to color are almost instantaneous, and that they have a deep impact on the choices we make everyday. You might have heard that people are more relaxed in green rooms, or that most weightlifting records are broken in blue gyms. Just like green and blue, every color creates certain feelings.
Somethings have become public knowledge and used much in advertizing and commercionnalizing; for ex.MacDonald's are usually orange which stimulates eating (and with the uncomfortable seats doesn't make us linger too much there) whilst greenish will make you eat less; red,well bright red is agressive as light blue is a soothing color...
A lot of research has been done on that ? How do colors affect your moods ? your way of life ? the way you dress ? the list is endless on how colors affect us...
I have always favored blue for the sky and water, red is also good in contrast to blue.
Yes, it is true that colors affect us. There is so much going on in our unconscious brain that we are not aware of.
For example, for clothes, I favor dark colors; I'm of the idea that one cannot have too many black T-shirts, black pants, little black dresses, etc. I also like gray and navy blue, for clothes. In the summer I like to have a few more colorful T-shirts or sundresses.
But my absolute favorite color is sky blue. The color of the sky, the sea, it always soothes me and calms me.
I'm not too crazy about green though, and in general I dislike orange or yellow, unless it's a very pale yellow, like the feathers of a baby chick or a duckling.
For painting walls, I favor always light colors, off-white, light yellow, very light blue, etc.
I found this article, which is interesting:
Are you in a gray mood today? How about a blue funk? Maybe you're seeing red, because you're green with jealousy. The colors we use to describe emotions may be more useful than you think, according to new research.
The study found that people with depressionor anxiety were more likely to associate their mood with the color gray, while happier peoplepreferred yellow. The results, which are detailed today in the journal BMC Medical Research Methodology, could help doctors gauge the moods of children and other patients who have trouble communicating verbally.
"This is a way of measuring anxiety and depression which gets away from the use of language," study co-author and gastroenterologist Peter Whorwell of University Hospital South Manchester told LiveScience. "What is very interesting is that this might actually be a better way of capturing the patient's mood than questions."
Colors are often used as metaphors for moods, but no one had systematically researched color associations, Whorwell said. To investigate, he and his colleagues picked eight colors — red, orange, green, purple, blue, yellow, pink and brown — and split each into four shades. They then added white, black and four shades of gray for a total of 38 options. After meeting with focus groups, the researchers decided to display the colors in the form of a wheel.
Next, they recruited 105 healthy adults, 110 anxious adults and 108 depressed adults and mailed them printouts of the color wheel. Each person was asked to pick their favorite color, as well as the color they were most "drawn to." Finally, they were asked to pick a color that described their day-to-day mood over the last several months. Another group of 204 healthy volunteers classified each color as positive, negative or neutral.
Ten mysteries of the mindWhether depressed, anxious or healthy, people liked blue and yellow. Blue 28 on the color wheel was the most popular favorite color among healthy people, while Blue 27 (which is a little darker than 28) got first place among people with anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, Yellow 14 was picked as the color most likely to catch the eye.
But when it came to mood, the groups diverged. Only 39 percent of healthy people associated their mood with a color at all. Of those who did, Yellow 14 was the most popular choice, with about 20 percent of the votes. Meanwhile, about 30 percent of people with anxietypicked a shade of gray, as did more than half of depressed volunteers. In comparison, healthy volunteers described their mood with a shade of gray only about 10 percent of the time.
Read the rest here.
I like Red its the color of Blood and Black the color of darkness.
I definitely have to do more research on colors, not only their meaning or which one we prefer but their impact upon us, any ideas ?
The walls in a building I worked in were painted a two tone green with a light green on the upper half of the wall and dark green on the bottom half. People I worked with told me that it was called eye ease green. I read that library walls should be painted dark green. The dark color caused the eyes to dilate making it easier to read by.
Supposedly this book, The Vision Revolution, is very good. I read Changizi's newest book, Harnessed, and I liked it, it was entertaining, provocative, and not too technical.
I will try to find them.... especially working with colors all the time it holds a great interest for me !
It is very good. I recommend too.
Did you read ThE vision Revolution? I have not, yet. Should I put it on my list, Michel?
BTW, if any of these books are "LendMe" in Barnes and Noble, and you guys have a BN account and an ebook reader (any), we could easily "lend" each other books.
Yes - it is very interesting and well written.
Chapter titles: Color Telepathy, X-Ray Vision, Future-Seeing, Spirit Reading.
Very tongue-in-cheek =)
I'm not quite done with it yet as I read it in parallel with other kinds of books.
Will read it! :-)
Michel, this sounds very esoteric to me (not in the woo woo sense) I'm wondering more in the personal impact of colors on people and their likes and dislikes and what that may mean ? or is this what this book is about ?