What do you know about the psychology of color?
I’ve heard that grocery stores and boutiques paint their walls so that we’ll want to buy more and restaurants choose colors that will make us hungry. Oh my! No wonder we get into so much trouble spending too much money and eating too much food.
We all have our favorite colors.
Usually if you ask me I’ll say that my favorites are yellow and red. However, in my home decor I will put together green rooms or blue rooms and my winter walking parka is a lovely shade of sage green. So I guess I’m not a single color girl.
My feel good color… the one I dream of using to redecorate my home (in my mind) is a pale yellow.
But, today the most interesting thing happened when I entered pale yellow rooms in my Pinterest search. Instead of swooning over the rooms that came up… I was put off by my favorite shade of yellow… pale butter… as well as every other shade… but especially the bold and bright yellows.
I have to tell you that totally surprised me. I wondered… why does my favorite color stress me out?
So… I went to Google and searched the psychology of yellow.
This color [yellow] relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception.
Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.
In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.
—Empower Yourself with Color Psychology
So why would I be repelled by beautiful pale buttery yellow?
The color yellow can be anxiety producing as it is fast moving and can cause us to feel agitated.
Yellow has a tendency to make you more mentally analytical and critical – this includes being self critical as well as critical of others.
Yellow is non-emotional, coming from the head rather than the heart. Yellow depends on itself, preferring to not get emotionally involved.
Yellow is related to the ego and our sense of self worth, to how we feel about ourselves and how we are perceived by others.
—Empower Yourself with Color Psychology
I’ve never thought of yellow as being anxiety producing or causing agitation. What I did learn is that if you’re going through a lot of change in your life… which I am… you might not tolerate yellow well. But it will pass. Evidently yellow vibrates too fast for you and makes you feel stressed. Introducing green or soft orange (really??) will help restore balance and energies.
I don’t know about you… but that was eye-opening for me.
What I did notice… was that I was drawn to pale or soft turquoises and aquas. They give off a soft soothing feel. One of my favorite places has always been the beach. I guess, I’m immediately transported in my spirit to that place of calm.
I discovered this terrific paint color chart…
The beauty of this color family is that is can simply be paired with white and cream but will easily take the company of accent colors in deep reds and navy blues and oranges and warm yellows.
Are you drawn to any of the shades here?
Today I’m feeling the need for even more lightness and brightness.
Humor me and let’s go for a tour of my imaginary light and bright pale aqua or turquoise home.
What a grand entrance! These French doors just put a smile on my face.
This living room is quite formal, but it’s lovely and bright with all the tall windows. The drapes make the room come alive with the serene shade of turquoise.
Such a peaceful bedroom. How wonderful it would be to enjoy a fireplace during the long cold winter months.
Such a relaxing and soothing bath with a glorious soaking tub.
How fun to sit here and dream and read and stare out the window.
What a happy kitchen…. so light and airy and fresh. The tile freshens and grounds the space, yet gives depth and dimension.
What a great spot to start the day! I think I could turn this breakfast table into my office.
I’m totally smitten with the stone and the textural interest with the faux pergola and the gorgeous shutters.
So… in lieu of my favorite butter yellow… I’m calm and relaxed and my spirit feels freer after “living” for a while midst the shades of turquoise. I’m not sure if I would create a whole house around this color family. But, it sure was nice for today.
Does it work for you?
And, who knew that yellow vibrated and would impact my psyche the way it did?
Oh… before you go… be sure to share your favorite color.
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P.S. I know that I mixed styles in this post. But, don’t worry… my home is more cohesive… today’s mix was just for fun! And I do hope it was as fun for you as it was for me.