Can Colour Impact Emotions and Mood in your Home or Workplace?
I have touched upon the use of colour in artwork in some of my previous blog posts, but what is colour and can colour impact emotions and mood? Our understanding of colour has developed over time from the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Greeks.
How Colour Works
Sir Isaac Newton is regarded as the first to formally present his science based theory. Newton showed that white light, after passing through a dispersive prism, could be recombined into white light by passing it through a different prism. Newton’s 1704 work, Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light, refers.
Therefore, colour theory refers to the visual impact of colour and the way colours mix. (Note: Illustration for this Blog is Claude Boutet’s, Colour Wheel of 1708).
Colours and emotions tend to be linked closely. Many scientific studies have shown that colours can evoke powerful emotions and mood, which impact human behaviour. For instance, warm colours are known to evoke different emotions in comparison to cool colours & bright colours.
No matter what primary or secondary colours are in question, it is well known that colours evoke different feelings, especially in the home or office environments. It would all depend on the psychological effects of the colour scheme being utilised.
Our emotions and mood can be influenced by both art and the colours selected. At the same time, they can help us when we are hungry or relaxed. Reactions to the given situation are deeply rooted in psychological effects, cultural imprints, and biological conditioning.
It is important to know the psychological effects of colours on a person when they are deployed in homes or offices. We will explain the importance of colours in homes and office environments and how they can affect your mood and emotions.
How Colours Affect Your Mood?
Artists have been using colour to create works of art for centuries. Interior design experts and colour design companies have a particular interest in colour psychology. These professionals understand how a room’s colour can influence the way we feel and think, and the enormous effect it can have on our daily lives.
It has been shown that colours affect the mood in different ways depending on the ethnic background, climate, gender, age, or even our cultural identity. Specific colours tend to obtain a similar reaction from a group of like-minded people. The variations are known to be derived from tones or shades that are used. When it comes to designing and revamping your house, choosing colours wisely is a very important factor.
When you are designing your house, it is an intimidating step to choose the right colours. Colours have the ability to alter the overall shape & size of furnishing along with the overall décor of the room itself. The manner in which different colours tend to affect emotions significantly depends on the overall shade, brightness, tone, or tint of the colours.
Moreover, it also depends on whether the colour is warm or cold as this can perceive the temperature of a room or space. Let us have a look at the effects of some specific colours on how you tend to feel.
Yellow, orange, and red tend to be next to each other when it comes to the wheel of warm colours. Warm colours are known to evoke feelings of energy, optimism, and happiness. However, these warm colours can also tend to have the attention grabbing effect while also being utilised as a sign of danger, especially red.
At the same time, red colour can also help in increasing the appetite of an individual, attracting a mate and even increase the insurance of your red sports car.
Cool colours are known to include shades like purple, green, and blue. Cool colours in your home décor tend to impart a soothing and calming effect. On some individuals, these might even create a sense of sadness for some out there.
Being a combination of both blue, which symbolises calm, and red, which indicates something intense, purple is primarily associated with creativity and inspiration. If you wish to incorporate the sense of security, beauty, or health, you can consider making use of these colours.
Happy hues tend to be bright & warm shades like red, orange, yellow, and pink. Pastel shades like lilac, light pink, or peach can also have an overall uplifting effect on the mood.
The lighter and brighter a colour tends to be, the most optimistic and happier effect it is going to have on your mind. For a youthful effect, you can combine primary and secondary colours for a series of colours that will create happy emotions.
Bright, strong, and neon colours tend to have a powerful effect on your emotions. Colours like bright yellow, bright red, and neon green can deliver a highly energising feeling while making you feel more alert. These colours are responsible for grabbing your attention and making the room stand out from the surroundings.
Colours that are powerful and highly pigmented, such as royal blue, emerald green, magenta, and turquoise, tend to be stimulating. While these colours are energising and refreshing at the same time, they also give you a sense of well-being.
Is the Colour of your Workplace Impacting Productivity?
Colours are known to impact the overall productivity at your workplace significantly. If you wish to maximize employee’s confidence and focus on work, you can consider using specialised colours for specialised purposes. You can decorate office desks in specific colours that help in boosting specific traits of employees like; concentration, creativity, confidence and efficiency.
In similar scientific studies, it has been revealed that colours change not only your mood, but they also play a vital part in influencing productivity. In order to radiate productivity and increase overall output, it is pertinent to look for colours that promote productivity and productivity related traits in the workspace.
Blues and greens, which are often found in Mother Nature’s palette, have low wavelengths and are said to increase focus and efficiency. At the same time, these calming colours also help in improving the overall well-being of an individual. Therefore, if you wish to be happier and more effective, choosing green & blue hues for the office space can be a great choice. I have two examples in store, Sea Spray & Sea Foam (Sold) which beautifully demonstrate this particular colour palette.
Red, being a high-wavelength colour, signifies alertness, activeness, and in some cases, danger as well. The given colour of passion is known to increase the overall blood flow and heart rate upon viewing the same. If you want your employees to notice something important or urgent in your office, then it is best to highlight that area using a red hue.
At the same time, yellow is often viewed as the hue of optimism by psychologists, and tends to be fresh & energetic. It helps in triggering innovation while being utilised in office environments as an ideal choice. This colour environment complements creativity, for people who work in artistic fields, for example, designers, writers, artists and developers.
Specific Colours for Improving Productivity at Your Workplace
Colour is essential in marketing and branding for any organisation. Similarly, it has been scientifically proven that painting or decorating the office space in specific colours improves overall efficiency at workplaces.
However, it is also vital to realise that just a single colour will not suffice. The colour that would aid improve employee productivity would depend on the type of work being performed, either individually or collectively.
Even while some colours have been shown to increase productivity in general, you can still choose specific colours to assist you achieve your goals.
Blue is referred to as the universally recognised and accepted colour for boosting productivity. Furthermore, it is also a colour that is highly stable and calming, which can help workers focus on a number of tasks. Due to the temperament of the colour blue, it makes a great starting point for painting an entire office. Then depending on your individual preferences you can use other colours for accents.
It is regarded as a great colour for those who tend to work for longer hours at a stretch. It is not known to lead to eye fatigue while helping you to remain calm as well as efficient at the same time.
It helps in signifying the colour of optimism while stimulating creativity at the same time. The creative professions like designers and developers therefore should consider the addition of this vibrant color to their working environments.
If you are involved in a job asking for some type of physical activity, then red is your colour for productivity. The colour red has been proven to increase the overall blood flow, heart rate, while also evoking passion & emotions.
Yellow & Orange
The combination of these two colours is known to foster the notion of effective decision-making. If you have difficult and important to make with respect to your work, then you can confine yourself into the given space. Orange is used to signify the colour of happiness and communication perfect for the reception desk at the office.
Pink is known to activate affirmative emotions while soothing your mind and reducing overall stress. It’s a great colour for solicitors who are conducting mediation or a board room where conversations may get heated. Some prisons use it even in their uniforms, not just to avoid recognition and recapture, but also to encourage calmness among special inmates.
The purple shade also helps in increasing the overall productivity.
Making the most of the right colours for your home or office will improve productivity and wellbeing throughout. You will also be able to impress people with you knowledge and skill of applying colour psychology.
Since you’ll probably be working from home and spending more time there, invest in home luxuries to create a more welcoming office space.
So How can I Help You?
I am happy to discuss what sort of colours strikes a balance between your personality and your existing interior décor. You might be thinking of redecorating your home, or sourcing artwork directly for an office, business, restaurant, bar or hotel fit out or refurb?
Art to Aid Home Staging
When it comes to redecorating your home, you might be thinking of selling your property. I’m excited to offer my services and skills, to complement the home staging and interior design profession. My value-added service is covered in greater detail in this artist spotlight piece by the Home Staging Association UK & Ireland.
Which Colour Palette Should I Choose?
I will work with you to create a colour palette to match your bespoke requirements. You certainly have plenty of choice, considering that the human eye is theoretically capable of distinguishing and detecting between 7.5 and 10 million hues.
This makes the number of possible colour combinations almost virtually infinite, and makes colour theory an art form in itself. From Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and beyond, to the colour modes of RGB, CMYK, Index, Greyscale, Bitmap, Pantone’s to The Wolfe Tones, it’s something that every creative ends up referring back to.
How do I Start a Commission?
To commence a Ren Creative Works Commission; suggest a single colour from the colour wheel or an image of high quality that has been neutrally lit. It is equally important to have a few neutral colours; much like negative space in a composition, this allows contrast with the main hierarchy colour theme.
Another area to consider; although we didn’t explore in great detail, is the psychology associated with shapes. Shapes, like colour can evoke different meanings and might be useful to consider when deciding on your colours, for example:
- Rectangles/Squares: Balance and Tradition
- Circles: Infinity, Protection, and Femininity
- Triangles: Stability, Energy, and Aggression
- Rhombus: Vibrant and Contemporary
- Hexagon: Unity and Balance
Please bear in mind that controlling shape is difficult when producing an acrylic fluid painting.
One of a Kind, Original Artworks
My acrylic fluid paintings result in one of a kind, original artworks that are not easily duplicated nor mass-produced. Nevertheless, I can offer my works by special commission and I will strive to create an artwork that looks very similar to something you find on my website if you are interested.
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Either way, hopefully you now know how to make a statement for your home or workplace with an original Ren Creative Works artwork!
Thank you for reading.
Adrian Reynolds is a Dublin based abstract artist. His paintings are a response to the world that surrounds us. A world that is changing faster than ever before. His work is an exploration of colour, form and texture, placing his work at the intersection between abstraction and representation. His work has been featured in Ireland, the UK and the US.