There is a reason why humans perceive color, it’s an evolutionary advantage in comparison to other species who don’t see them; for thousands of years, we have developed and sharpened very strong emotional associations with specific colors, and these associations trigger an emotional response and affect our mood.

There is also space for individual variation: during my Mindfulness courses for kids, I ask them to tell me which color in their opinion represents happiness: the answer goes from blue to red, all through pink, yellow orange and white.

Anyway, some colors have universal effect on our mood and even on our health.
One of the first experiments on this topic was conducted in the 1960s by psychologist Alexander Schauss. Schauss painted the walls of several prisons into a pleasant pink color, now commonly known as Baker-Miller pink, named after the first room he painted in a correctional facility in Seattle.
The idea behind this was that looking at the pink color, it will influence their behavior, and it did. The color had both a psychological and physiological effect on the prisoners: they were less aggressive and violent, and even had lower blood pressure and heart rate after just looking at pink walls for some time.

This experiment paved the way to a new subdiscipline in psychology, and now scientists believe that it is possible to help patients with specific conditions, such as anxiety or depression, by introducing colors they associate with positive emotions into their homes.
There is also some general agreement in the scientific community as to which colors have a positive effect on our mood:
Warmer colors and tones are more uplifting, whereas cooler ones will have a more calming effect. So, think blue for calming, and red for energy.
The second rule of thumb color psychologists usually give to clients is that the color has to be quite vibrant to have a marked effect on your mood.
This means that pastels, light peaches, and beiges will most likely do next to nothing, but these colors can be a great complement or base in your interior, and in this case, the bright elements in the interior will stand out beautifully and do their job at boosting your mood equally well.
The third thing to keep in mind is that color associations can be dependent on the society you’re part of as well, the most eye-catching example being that in Korea white is the color of mourning, whereas this role is reserved for black in virtually all European countries.

Note which colors affect your mood and in which way, and let me know!
Next week we will talk about how to introduce the right colors in your homes.