Using colors for wellness
The Psychology behind colors.
While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange, and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple, and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.
Can colors influence our decision making?
Color can play an important role in conveying information, creating certain moods, and even influencing the decisions you make. Color preferences also exert an influence on the objects you choose to purchase, the clothes you wear, and the way they adorn their environments.
How do colors affect our mood?
Colors are inherently from the nature surrounding us, there are five families of colors and each of them is associated with one fundamental natural element. Each natural element coveys specific energy which affects individuals in different ways. This is a human-centered Design science.
What are nature's fundamental Elements?
There are 5 basic elements.
The five basic elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal are represented by the family colors: black, green, red, yellow, and white. These elements will create harmony if grouped in a positive, creative sequence. Thus, water nourishes wood, wood feeds fire, fire burns to make the earth and from the earth comes metal.
When designing a space; try to incorporate or blend the colors of the elements that feed and enhance each other. The result will create a much greater sense of peace and serenity.
Additionally, each individual is born with a favorable element. When selecting colors, try to use your personal Element's color palette. The year of birth, male or female determines your own personal element. Many times, people are naturally drawn by that element and color spectrum. You can find your personal Element by clicking the link below.
Always keep in mind these combinations when designing a space.
WATER nourishes WOOD: Black (blues) and greens color combinations
WOOD feeds FIRE: Greens and Reds color combinations
FIRE burns to make the EARTH: The Reds and Yellows (Browns) color combinations
and from the EARTH comes METAL: Yellows (browns) and white (greys) color combinations