Fill your life with colour!
Not just beautiful, colours are good for you, too. Find out which ones, and why:
Most of us enjoy lots of colours, and we often have favourites. We fill our homes with certain colours, choose clothes, bags, or nail polish in colours we like, and enjoy quizzes that tell us what our favourite colour says about us.
Children are often very responsive to colour, and colour is well worth thinking about deeply when decorating a child’s room. Colours in general encourage us to become more creative by stimulating different areas of our brains and emotions; children’s toys are often quite colourful to tap into these expressions of creativity.
A giant Luminarium has popped up at the Castle here in Kilkenny during August’s Arts Festival in both 2013 & 2014. You can go into it and be immersed in different colours- it’s loved by both children and adults! There’s no better place to enjoy and experience how colour can elicit joy, playfulness, calm and tranquility.
Ireland’s National Craft Gallery is just across the street from the Castle, and displays some of Ireland’s finest work of glass, pottery, jewellery and so on. Craft is a wonderful way to bring specific colour benefits into your home without overwhelming yourself—the Luminarium is amazing & beautiful, but humans often can’t tolerate such colour intensity all the time! Read on to find out what specific colours can evoke in adults and children, and why intensity and shade matters so much.
Red: Red stimulates the senses and raises blood pressure; it provides a lift and a buzz for get-up-and-go. It can be a great colour in the kitchen or in the crockery you use in the morning to help wake you up & motivate you. Yet too may over-stimulate, and shouldn’t generally be used in large amounts in children’s bedrooms. People in Vegas actually gamble more when plenty of red is around!
Orange: Orange is a colour of enthusiasm. It can have physical effects by increasing oxygen to the brain and stimulating brain activity. Orange is often very positive for kids as it can help boost confidence and independence. It is a happy colour and can encourage social interaction in both children and adults. It is a good colour to have around in a dining room or on dishware as orange also can encourage the appetite, versus blue or purple which can depress the appetite and social chatter.
Yellow: Yellow is a cheerful colour, and is said to help stimulate concentration & learning, but too much bright yellow may create feelings of agitation or perhaps even anger. Yellow is an uplifting accent colour, but many people become uneasy after a while in a very yellow room. Use as an accent colour instead.
Green: Green is a very balanced colour, and is generally neither too stimulating nor too calming/depressing. Green is useful most anywhere in the home. It is quite restful for your eyes as well, and it is very helpful to have green in the area where you or your children are working on the computer or using other electronic screen devices (if you can get them to look up from them!)
Blue: Blue often brings feeling of calm, harmony, and stability; it can help ease anxiety and aggression. Physically, blue has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rates. A bedroom with plenty of blue and green can help to soothe children who are prone to stress or tantrums.
Purple: Purple can be quite an emotive colour, which becomes even more calming the more blue it contains. Redder purples are a bit more stimulating, and both are said to enhance the creativity of our quiet, yet actively day-dreamy mind. Purple can be another good colour for a child’s bedroom, but attention needs to be paid that the shade used isn’t too dark or gloomy overall.
Red, yellow and orange are usually considered exciting colours, while blue, green and purples are calming. But the hue and intensity of a colour’s shade can alter how we respond to it. Soft sky blue can cause us to relax, yet a zingy turquoise is more exciting.
You can also see this at work with red; pink is red that has had white added to it, although we don’t often think of pink as being a shade of red. Pink can have a calming feel—and this goes for the responses of both males and females. Yet the very bright vibrant pinks are more invigorating, and we see more and more sports teams picking up on this.
It is fun to play around with colour, and to add and change colour accents in our home. When you know a few of these colour psychology basics, you can help boost positive effects in different areas by colour use. And of course exposing children to a wide array of colour in their toys and clothing helps to stimulate creativity. Colour is beneficial & enjoyable for all ages, and at Ireland’s Showcase we’ve lots of colourful children’s items, as well a colourful crafts for you to add to your home. Enjoy your colourful life!
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