Color Psychology

What color should I paint my bedroom? What color is psychologically best? This could be the $64,000 question – because the answer is both subjective and elusive.

Color is everywhere in our environment. It permeates the world in which we live and affects surrounding colors and the people viewing it. This affects us both emotionally and mentally - creating mood and ambiance as well as affecting our levels of energy.

How color begins in the physical and arrives at the psychological is a physiological process. Color is transmitted to your eye by reflected light and then encrypted by the cones and rods of the retina. This information is sent through the optic nerve to the brain where the color is deciphered in the mind and translated into some kind of meaning.

Is this knowledge of use to us?

Experts knows well that color influences mood and feeling in common experience, and how the field of color psychology is still not yet well understood. Fascinating studies of color in the environment suggest that color and lighting can modify aggressive behavior and cause a drop in blood pressure. Such scientific studies support the traditional color psychology theories about how warm colors enliven us and how cool colors help to calm us.

However, does this knowledge help us choose the color of our bedroom?

The "Moods of Color" section in the website explains about warm and cool colors, and how cool and icy blues help to calm us and are ideal for the bedroom. It also suggests that reds and burgundies, colors which stimulate more our appetite and passions, more suited for dining rooms. But because we all are individual and different – and can have different ideas in employing color – it is that which is important to you which is most essential.

A person, who naps during the afternoon, in a bedroom used only for sleep, may find a cool blue schemed room the perfect choice.

However, a young male adult who spends much of his time awake in his bedroom, playing on his computer and entertaining friends in his room, may find a red color scheme exhilarating for his needs whilst awake. If the room is plunged into near total darkness when the lights go out, the impact of this enlivening red color scheme will not be visible to him while falling off to sleep. While color does affect our moods, its psychological effect is modified to a degree by us as individuals – and in the long run – it is the individual – who should decide the answer to the question – "What color should I paint my bedroom".

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