How Color Affects Our Mood

Dale and I are waiting to move in our new parsonage. One of the things that we have been working on is the colors we want the rooms to be painted. I had the children pick the colors for their room. Last week Anna and I were talking about the colors which are going to be in the house. As we were talking Anna was reading a magazine and came to an article on how colors affect our mood. This is not the first time I have heard about color psychology. I studied it in one of my psychology classes. I was telling someone about that colors can affect our moods. They thought I was nuts but Sunday the ladies at our church started talking about color psychology. So here are some of the things that can help you to know how colors will affect you.


represents peace, tranquility, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, loyalty, sky, water, cold, technology, and depression.


one of most-often cited favorite colors. It represents nature, environment, health, good luck, renewal, youth, vigor, spring, generosity, fertility, jealousy, inexperience, envy, misfortune. Its cool quality soothes, calms, and has great healing powers. It is often worn in operating rooms by surgeons.


is a combination of yellow and red. Orange is considered a warm color like red, but to a lesser extent; orange expresses energy. It has luminous qualities and has been used for attention-getting purposes, such as on caution signs


is the color that we pay the most attention to. It is the warmest and most energetic color in the spectrum. We associate red with love, valentines, danger, desire, speed, strength, violence, anger, emergency exit signs, stop signs and blood. Red can evoke a fight-or-flight response, raise blood pressure and make the heart beat faster.


Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.


Purple has long been associated with royalty. It strongly symbolizes power, nobility, luxury and ambition. It conveys wealth and sometimes hints at extravagance. Purple is also associated with wisdom, dignity and independence. It is a powerful color in enhancing creativity, mystery and magic.

You may not believe in this kind of psychology. Who knows if this is all true but for me I know that having a red living room is a hard place to relax in. I also had dark brown living room in New York and it was the most depressing room to be in. I know the affect that colors have on my moods.

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