What we think about colors, especially what we think subconsciously about them, affects us on some very intrinsic levels. I think most will agree that humans, in general, are highly visual beings. For these and other reasons, I like to do research about colors and their effects on human behavior. Here are some of the fascinating things I’ve learned.
Do you ever feel anxious or uplifted in a yellow room or does it bring cheer to you? Or, do you feel calm in a green room? Artists, graphic designers, and interior designers know that color can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions so naturally, they use these tactics in their designs. However, this is an area of learning that anyone can join in to reap the benefits, so do your research and then apply it to your life and surroundings.
A Few Fun Historical Color Facts
40,000 years ago artists created the first pigments which were a mixture of dirt, animal fat, charcoal, and chalk. This created the first human palette of red, yellow, brown, black and white.
From those five colors have come a history of discovery as the human fascination with color progresses to this day. Whether through organic discovery or scientific advancement, artists continue to push forward with new pigments with each new art movement.
One grand discovery was in 1666, when the well-known English scientist Sir Isaac Newton established that pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colors.
Another interesting fact is that while our noses and ears are inferior to most animals, our color vision is greater than just about every other species on earth. For one reason, our brain uses 30% of its capacity to process visual input and that’s ten times as many neurons than our brains use to hear a sound!
List of Colors & Their Meanings
There are several posts that are published on Beautiful Lives by Susan that include color as a topic or subtopic. I’ve curated them into a list which is below. This list will be updated and this post re-published periodically for your convenience.
The color blue is a soothing and brings harmonic calmness into our lives. It is also the color of the 5th Chakra, also known as the Throat Chakra.
Psychology of Color in Our Intimate Environments
It’s no small wonder that colors have a huge impact on human existence. The psychology is fascinating because it affects mood and actions of people when people view particular colors. Our intimate environment is so important to our well-being that it’s important that we continue to learn about color and how it affects us as human beings.