Perceptions of colour are subjective, but we all agree there are warm and cool colours. Warm colours tend to induce emotions varying from warmth through to anger and hostility. The cool colours are often a calming presence but also can cause feelings of sadness.
Psychology of colour suggests different shades can affect our mood both positively and negatively. Responses to colours are guided by personal experience and culture. Research tells us the most favoured colour is a saturated blue.
A blue office can cause increased productivity, encourage calmness in employees and lower heart rates. Blue is often associated with trust and security, making it a common colour choice for company branding and political activity.
Green is also associated with calmness and is easier on the eyes than other colours. Often green reminds people of nature and the outdoors. Green can reduce anxiety, making a blue and green combination best for the workplace.
Purple rarely appears in nature and therefore can be a polarising colour. Purple tends to evoke emotions that are linked to cultural associations and can be soothing and exotic.
Orange is known to be a colour that provokes enthusiasm. According to the experts at House Call Doctor, it can increase oxygen supply to the brain, stimulate brain activity and create an energising effect.
Pink has been shown to have a calming effect on people and has been linked to reducing anger among prison inmates in as little as 15 minutes.
Red can increase your pulse and increase energy levels. Even a small amount of red in your house can boost social energy.
Yellow has been shown to boost mental activity in students taking tests. However, yellow has been shown to cause new-borns to cry for longer and have adverse effects on nursing home residents.