Do colors influence our emotions

How colors affect our feelings

Why does a blue room make us shiver and a red one not calm down? Read here which colors affect us and how. With color type advice: which color suits me?

About visual cells and wavelengths

Lisa has recently started feeling uncomfortable in her room. She cannot concentrate on homework, is always energized, and feels cramped. Funny - problems don't bother her and until recently, her room was a beloved retreat for Lisa. Her friend Merle has an idea: "Is it perhaps because of our painting campaign two weeks ago? The new wall colors are probably not doing you any good."

Merle might be right. Because every color affects us - and every color has a different effect. But how come?

The colors of light

Visible light consists of light waves of different lengths. And a color corresponds to a wavelength. If light with a certain wavelength hits our eyes, certain light-sensitive cells (cones) are stimulated there, which assign the light to the respective spectral color.

Lisa's wallpaper reflects light that has a wavelength of around 600 to 700 nanometers - that is, each individual "light wave" is around 0.0006 to 0.0007 millimeters long. For Lisa's eye, her wallpaper is red and orange.

In addition to the pure sensory perception of the various wavelengths, we automatically link certain meanings to colors that influence our perception of colors: orange-red is the color of the fire, the ice of the cold poles shimmers with a bluish tinge. A wide, calm ocean is blue and a fresh meadow shines bright green. Such impressions resonate when colors in rooms influence our mood.

Red - energetic and expressive

Our eyes are extremely sensitive to this color - therefore traffic lights and stop signs are red. Red attracts attention and has a stimulating effect: it's no wonder that Lisa doesn't calm down.

When it comes to the bedroom, a slight change in color can work wonders:

For example, if Lisa chooses "Baker-Miller-Pink" as an alternative to the bright red tones, she should be able to relax better - the color even calms rioting rowdies within 15 minutes!

That is why there is even a pink cell in a Swiss prison in which aggressive prisoners are temporarily put.

In general, restrained pastel tones are well suited for a place of retreat such as the bed or the wall next to it: They soothe and bring calm.

Blue - serene and relaxed

As a relatively short-wave color, blue also helps with sleep disorders - it exudes calm and serenity, but also longing and trust. Blue is even said to relieve pain and tension.

In addition, a room painted blue appears larger, it is "opened". From that point of view, a shade of blue for Lisa's room wouldn't be wrong either.

Yellow - cheerful and optimistic

As the color of the sun, the color shines positively for us like no other - we associate joie de vivre, happiness and optimism with yellow. Those who paint their room bright yellow rely on the exhilarating, brightening effect of this color.

Green - refreshing and hopeful

Light green immediately makes us think of spring. No wonder: green is the color of fresh leaves and in western cultures it stands for nature, hope, freshness and fertility. Apart from that, green exudes friendliness, creativity and security. Green can also have a strengthening effect on the stressed and tired minds among you.

Warm or cold? It's all about the color

Colors also influence our perception of temperature: red, orange and pink tones have a warm effect: if you blindfold a person and lead them into a red-painted room, their body temperature rises.

If, on the other hand, the room is blue, the body temperature drops. Blue, but also turquoise and green, have a cool effect: We perceive it to be colder in rooms whose walls so to speak "shine with a cold shine" - and automatically turn up the heating.

That means: if you freeze quickly, it is best to paint your room in warmer tones.

So Lisa has to decide which positive power of colors she wants to use for herself:

The relaxing, the creative, the warming, the cooling, the expanding, the calming, the optimistic, the refreshing, the invigorating effect - if you have the choice, you are spoiled for choice!

How colors make us work

Colors can make other people out of us. They make us work - shiny and fresh or dull and pale. Any guy can wear any color, just not every shade

Colors for the spring type

The Spring type has light, porcelain-like skin, light to reddish blonde or red hair, maybe freckles and blue, green or amber eyes. These colors look particularly good on you:

  • Red tones: salmon, orange, coral red, rust red
  • Green shades: lime green, apple green, pea green
  • Blue tones tend not to - marine or petrol could make you shine, however
  • rather warm gray, brown or beige tones instead of white and black

Colors for the summer type

The Summer type is the most common. A light, pink to bluish skin tone is characteristic. The eyes are gray-green to gray-blue, the hair ash-blonde to -brunet. With these colors you put yourself in the right light:

  • Reds: cherry red, wine red, rose and pink
  • Shades of green: mint green, blue-green, dark green
  • Shades of blue: denim blue, gray blue, lilac
  • In addition: muted yellow and light gray, beige, all soft pastel colors

Colors for the autumn type

If your hair has a warm red cast, is it brown or golden blonde, your eyes are amber, golden brown or brown-green and your skin has a warm, yellowish undertone, you are one Autumn type. Then warm, earthy tones suit you best:

  • Red tones: orange, burgundy, rust-red
  • Green tones: dark green, olive, petrol
  • Definitely not black and white, but shades of brown, corn yellow and warm gold

Colors for the winter type

The hair of the Winter type is (black) brown, the skin has a bluish undertone and the eyes are pungent blue or brown. You especially like the bright, strong colors.

  • Reds: bright red, bright pink
  • Shades of blue: ice blue, turquoise, purple, blue-green
  • Lemon yellow, black and white

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