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Vivid colors stimulate people to activity. Color has been known to increase productivity in industry, to speed recovery time in hospitals, to cause you to overeat. The passage of time can be over or underestimated depending on the color of a room. Time is perceived as moving more slowly in a red room and more quickly in a blue or green one.
Visually red represents nearness and warmth; blue distance and coolness. The eye actually sees more warm colors than it does cool. Light bright colors expand size while dark cool colors contract. Colors that get our attention the fastest are the ones at the warm end of the spectrum.
Color Preferences and Personality
Read further to discover what your color preferences tell about your personality.
Dislike You dislike mystery. You like real people and are not dazzled by celebrities or dignitaries.White
Like Your home and clothes are usually neat and clean. A thrifty person, you are a cautious buyer and shrewd trader. You are self-sufficient, critical and fussy. You like everything to be perfect or as near to perfect as you can get it.
Dislike You have never been obsessed with order. Things that are off center are more appealing to you than things that are perfectly arranged in a line. A little dust on the shelves doesn't really bother you and you are relaxed and easy to be with.
Color and Physiology
Color effects us physically. Different colors cause reactions in our bodies and minds. Interestingly both blind and sighted subjects were equally effected by color changes.
Red is stimulating and blue calming. Bright red and yellow increase blood pressure and muscle tension. People feel warmer in a red room and cooler in a blue room of the same temperature. Blue rooms decrease blood pressure and lessen aggressive feelings. Studies have shown an increase in fertility in blue rooms.
Different values of pink have different effects on peoples emotions: light dull pinks cause calmness and decreased pulse while the deeper pinks have the opposite effect.
Orange is an appetite stimulant. Peaches brick and coral colors have a slightly less stimulating effect than bright orange. Brown also stimulates appetite especially when combined with peach or strawberry pink. Violet depresses appetite.
A Color Quiz
The purpose of this quiz is to help you examine your thoughts about color and to open yourself to new color choices.
Under Color Association, quickly write down the first thing that comes to mind. Be honest now, don't go back and change your answers! Under Reactions write like, dislike or don't know.
What country were you raised in?
What area of the world are your parents from?
List your favorite colors?
List the colors you dislike?
Look over your answers in the reaction column.
Total up the number of likes_______ Dislikes_______ Don't know_______ Mostly likes?
If so then you have a generally positive attitude to colors. You are enthusiastic, well-adjusted, flexible and open to new experiences. If the pattern says use blue and you don't feel like painting that area blue you have no problem changing the color.
Mostly dislikes? You tend to be conservative, opinionated, and have a hard time changing colors from the pattern. Perhaps someone criticized you in your choice of colors in art class or you were always comparing yourself to a more talented sibling.
Mostly don't know? Maybe you haven't played around with color yet or haven't given color preferences much thought. Perhaps you are indecisive in other areas of your life. Now is the time to take the plunge and experiment to find out what colors you do like. What colors do you find easiest to work with? You may wonder what it would be like to deviate from the colors someone else has chosen but you are afraid to make a mistake.
Equally divided between like, dislike and don't know? You need a little encouragement to experiment with color combinations.
Let's take a look at the Associations column. Your answers to color association can usually be explained by events in your past. If you react negatively to a certain color try to remember what happened in your past to cause that reaction. You can overcome your color prejudice by associating something a positive with that color now.
I really don't like bright yellow. This wasn't always the case. In fact as a teenager I loved it. I loved it so much in fact that I painted the walls of my room a color close to Cadmium Yellow Medium. Was it bright! Everyone who visited my room commented on the color. A year of looking at those walls and hearing those comments was enough to turn me off that color for years. To this day I can only stand yellow in small doses.
It is fun to think about the positive color associations as well. Deep burgundy is a favorite of mine. It was the color of the carpet my favorite aunt's living room. The color always makes me feel happy and warm.
What are your color memories?
Many color associations are rooted in religion or mystical symbolism. Some are derived from primitive responses to color. The following chart is what many people associate with a certain color. You can use it when you want to evoke a certain mood in your paintings.
The region of the world that our ancestors come from and the color traditions passed down through the generations influences our color preferences.
prefer pure bright color.
Color and Climate
We often choose colors to decorate our homes that are close in temperature to the ambient temperature of our environment.
In the US warm colors are preferred in the West, Southwest and South. Cool colors are favored in the Northwest, Midwest and East. However, color preferences do change with temperature extremes. If it is hot (over 100 degrees Celsius, most people prefer cool blues. If the temperature is in the 60s or cooler, red is the first choice.
Color is a powerful force in our lives, especially for artists. Color affects our minds and bodies; it can change our moods and feelings. Surround yourself with colors that you like. Being unhappy in your surroundings leads to frustration and even weight gain! Don't try to stifle your creativity and basic feelings about a color, you won't be able to fool yourself for long.
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