Colors And Emotions | What Colors Make You Most Productive?

Explore the connection between colors and emotions, and discover which colors can boost productivity and enhance your work environment the most. 06.17.24

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What Color Should You Paint Your Room?

Throughout my adult life I've always just spontaneously chosen a color based off my mood at the time. It wasn't until a few years ago when I started to actually think about how the color of a room can affect my mood or behavior. Makes total sense when you think about it, I've just always chose to shoot from the hip instead. Ignorance is bliss they say. Yeah until you paint a room black and it takes over your life secretly plummetting you into the depths of despair. Okay overkill, but still it matters!

As it turns out, the color of a room can have a significant impact on our moods, behavior, and overall psychological well-being. It's almost coming back to the idea that we are merely a product of our environment. By combining colors thoughtfully, we can create a balanced, harmonious environment that has a positive influence on our day. We can choose something that will cater to the use of the room and maximize the potential. It can accentuate the purpose.

Psychology Of Colours And Use Cases

From psychological associations to cultural influences to personal experiences, specific colors have specific impacts on us. When used correctly we can create an atmosphere that'll influence our mood in a positive way. After the pandemic working from home became a commonality. Never before has there been more time spent at home. So why not make it enjoyable? I've gone with some hideous color choices in the past, and of course it's always twenty twenty in hindsight. I couldn't see the negative impact my decision had on me. I wasn't aware of the toll it was taking.

In our day to day lives we can see that certain colors have been used repetively to achieve a reaction. Like red for instance, because it can stimulate the senses and increase one's heart rate and blood pressure, we chose it for stop signs. In many western traditions, black is associated with death and mourning, whereas in China the color of death is white. Green is also thought to relieve stress and help heal. So you'll often find it in the decor of medical facilities. We start to become more cognizant of how colors are used to convey emotions. Brands oftentimes choose specific colors to help promote their market.

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BLUE Is The Most Productive Color

As it turns out blue is the most productive color. It produces the most efficiency, because of its calming, stress-lowering affects. It is a gender-neutral color oppose to something like pink where we immediately associate it with females. Deep blue can be a little melancholic though so you have to be careful.

YELLOW Is The Most Creative

Yellow brings about an uplifting feeling, one that provokes creativity. Maybe because all life comes from the sun and the sun itself is...well yellow. It's friendly and positive just like the sun. It carries enthusiasm with it and can invoke productivity.


Moods: Passion, Fire, Anger, Danger and Sexuality
Best Use: Dining rooms, Living rooms, Entryways
Notes: Accents with red are best. It's considered to be a color of intense emotions so be careful.


Moods: Renewal, De-stress, Tranquility, Restoration
Best Use: Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Home Offices
Notes: Green can create a nice balanced setting, promoting freshness, peace and harmony.


Moods: Energizes, Uplifting, Happiness, Positivity, Optimism, Creative
Best Use: Kitchens, Dining Rooms, Hallways
Notes: It's no surprise yellow is linked to such positive emotions, the sun is yellow and does just that. Don't overdo it though, too much yellow and you might find yourself over-stimulated or overwhelmed.


Moods: Creativity, Enthusiastic, Warmth, Fresh, Youthful
Best Use: Kitchens, Playrooms, Exercise Rooms
Notes: Like red and yellow too much and you might find yourself over-stimulated. Communicates activity and energy.


Moods: Elegance, Depth, Sophistication, Bold
Best Use: Accents, Statement Walls, Living Rooms
Notes: Can make rooms feel smaller immediately, use it wisely to avoid a gloomy environment.


Moods: Productivity, Calmness, Relaxation, Serenity, Royalty, Nature, Business
Best Use:Offices, Workspaces, Bedrooms, Bathrooms
Notes: Beware of dark blues, too dark and it can provoke sadness. Stick with the lighter shades for a more open, tranquil feeling.


Moods: Purity, Simplicity, Cleanliness, Openness
Best Use: Any Room
Notes: Too much and your room might wind up feeling sterile. White is a classic choice because it makes a room feel much larger.


Moods: Comfort, Stability, Security
Best Use: Libraries, Living Rooms, Home Offices
Notes: Compatible with other colors to help create a cozy space.


Moods: Soothing, Love, Compassion, Nuture
Best Use: Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Nurseries
Notes: Brighter pinks an be energizing while softer more subtle pinks can promote calmness


Moods: Inviting, Tranquility, Sense of Calm, Neutral
Best Use: Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Offices
Notes: Great for pairing with other colors to create versatile atmospheres.


Moods: Neutral, Calm, Sophistication, Balanced
Best Use: Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Offices
Notes: Too much can be too dull, so best to use accent colors alongside it.

Choose Your Colour Wisely

We all want to live our best lives and be happy. Lifes too short for poorly chosen room colors and bad moods. Tiny little changes can have a big impact on your overall life. It's all about the details. Like the color of a room you spend a lot of time in. By altering the color, you can make a massive difference in the flow of your day. Happy choosing.

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