Colour psychology


Every colour has a meaning when you think about it. Even without purpose, our brains attach meaning to the colours that we see everyday. And our brains’ association of the colours that we see is pretty much entirely unique. Colour can even affect the way that we feel in certain situations. That is why people may have their bedroom a certain colour so that they can stay calm. It makes me wonder why such a thing could possibly happen.

As I have already mentioned, colour can have a great influence on our mood or even the way that we see things. In 1666, when Isaac Newton discovered that refracted pure light separated into the array of all of the visible colours. From this we discovered that each colour has its own frequency, or wavelength. So, what is colour psychology? Well it is the study of the effect that colour has on the human psyche and behaviour, but behaviour more specifically. It is the idea that certain colours produce certain responses within the brain, with each colour having its own meaning and affect. Warm and cool colours have different effects and even the colours that fall within those two categories have different effects. Just because a colour is warm, however, does not mean that it is naturally a positive feeling that it evokes from those who see it. The same can be said for cold colours as well, it does not naturally evoke a negative emotion, but can instead evoke positive ones. 

  With green being one of the most common colours that can be found in nature, it is easy to guess that it is believed that green has a calming effect. Nature has always had a calming effect on those who immerse themselves in it. This colour brings joy and harmony as well to the person. Another colour that is seemingly common is yellow, which is a warm colour, is also a positive colour, promoting optimism, inspiration and can even remind people of the summer time. Brown is the colour of the bark on the trees and therefore likely too has a positive connotation because of its inherent link to nature. It is a representation of the earth and therefore can provide a feeling of safety and contentment. 

Everything in our world has meaning, whether it just be our grass or our skin or even our whispered words. Maybe we do not see them, or maybe we see it every where. There is meaning in the smallest things that only we ourselves can determine. Meaning is subjective. It is all up to us how we see the world around us and I can’t wait to interpret the world some more.


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