When discovered, color is magical and mystical and can affect our mood on a day-to-day basis.
Vibrant colors can get you to feel excited and ready to go and do something, for example, while duller colors tend to make you calmer and more passive.
I've been thinking about the effects of color and how they play out in the world around me.
Even the shade of color can make a difference. When light blue fills a room, it tends to make one feel cold and unpleasantly chilly; however, when too dark of a blue is present it creates sadness.
Blue of any kind tends to make you lose your appetite in the way that it makes you feel as if the food is artificial or gone bad. Not many blue foods exist in nature. If you are having a hard time with a diet, sit in a blue room for a while and maybe you'll discover you won't want the Big Mac you had wanted 10 minutes ago.
In my room, two walls are an orangish red and the other two walls are a peach or really light orange color. I chose those colors because they went well together in the color scheme and the red color really caught my eye.
But one must be very careful with how red is used. For instance, when I see red I feel wrong. In elementary school, all the teacher would use was red for correcting papers. That burned the connection in my brain, so now that's how I see it; however, my sister Sarah sees red as anger, and she sees people with angry faces.
Red can mean excitement and love, but it can also mean danger and aggression, and it also stimulates your appetite. Some restaurants use different shades of red in their color schemes as a way to trick you into building up your appetite.
Orange doesn't really have a bad side effect. It works well for craft rooms and such because it gives you the need to do something creative. It creates feelings of expansiveness and flamboyancy. It is also a wonderful attention-getter which is why it's used in construction and such. Orange tells you to take precaution and watch for things to come.
In the room next to me, purple and green share equal space among the walls. Both colors are dark and bold. Purple can make a person feel sophisticated, creative, dramatic and enlightened. Neither of these colors have a downside to them as green creates an aura of comfort, relaxation and youth. Green is also helpful in relieving stress.
Hospitals and doctors' offices always have white as the prominent color. I have noticed that some doctors have gotten bold and used darker colors for accents, but never too much. White creates an atmosphere of sterility and cleanliness.
Pink is a soft color usually and it's associated with breast cancer with good reason; pink is quite calming, but it also makes you feel as if you're losing energy. A fun trick played by some sports teams is painting the opposing locker room pink. The team will grow weary and won't play to the best of their abilities, which is nice for their opponents.
Yellow is an interesting color. When used in moderation it can produce feelings of happiness and joy. If you paint a whole wall yellow; however, it's hard on the eyes and makes a room too bright. People are more likely to lose their temper and get headaches easier in a yellow room. Yellow might be a cute color and it makes you smile, but it's also proven that babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.
Based on a person's background, experiences and culture, color can affect people differently. Gray makes my sister feel trapped, while white makes her feel safe and cozy.
No more than six different colors should be used in a learning environment, such as a classroom, because it's straining to the growing mind. You could not possibly use your brain to focus on the teacher because there is so much going on in the room.
Good colors to use in a classroom would be white, gray and green. White represents completion and wisdom to stimulate constant learning and understanding, and should be accented with gold and silver to convey control. Gray shows sharpness and a reflection into the subconscious which frees your mind from distractions that block your mind. Green is a sign of nature and represents growth; it allows the mind to expand and think in a serene environment.
Avoid red and purple at all costs in a classroom. They distract the mind in ways that are exactly opposite to the desire to learn, understand and focus.
Start noticing the colors around you and realize that they mean something. When you walk into a room look at the walls. If the walls are green, for instance, simply think to yourself, "No matter what happens in this room I am less likely to have a nervous breakdown."
Use the colors to your advantage! All you need to realize is that every color has psychological value.
Taylor Deem will be a junior at Fremont High School. Email her at email@example.com.