Floating, yoga, and other controlled-relaxation environments often provides a soothing experience – and it starts the moment you walk in the door. One reason for this is how such places leverage color to calm participants. Colors have a profound impact on the way people feel and respond to the space. To help maintain a feeling of relaxation after a float session or yoga class, consider incorporating these calming colors into your home, office, and wardrobe. Here is some useful information on the connection between colors and mood, and the colors most likely to promote relaxation.
Colors and Psychology
The power of color on our brains is nothing new – businesses have been using the color wheel to affect the psychology of those around them for decades, particularly in branding, design, and decorating. From the parent who decorates a nursery in soothing colors to the brand genius who contrasted red and white for Coca-Cola, the world has amassed a mountain of evidence suggesting the psychological power of color.
Choosing brighter colors may help people feel happy and energetic, while darker colors tend to encourage learning. A soothing color may decrease intense feelings of anxiety of fear. A harsh, bright color may cause people to react with more strength and quickness.
Though colors do affect the mind, they aren’t a magic potion that will lead to success of failure. In fact, despite what some people think, colors can affect people differently owing to personal preference, life experiences, upbringing, cultural background, context, and more. There is no guarantee that a specific color will evoke a particular feeling from everyone.
Making Colors Work for You
Though it is not universal, colors can evoke certain feelings among the majority of people. Black can foster darker emotions, for instance. However, it’s also slimming, which can boost confidence. Blue tends to promote calmness, boosts productivity, and sleep. In some, green reduces eye fatigue, encouraging a sense of calmness and efficiency, while yellow boosts happiness and creativity. Ever wonder why the exit signs or fire alarms are red? Red grabs your attention, boosts your heart rate, encourages your appetite, and invokes feelings of emotion – something to keep in mind when you paint your dining room and bedroom.
Experts continue to study colors and how they influence the way people react, feel, or perform. While more research is needed, take advantage of what anecdotal evidence has revealed and help your next floatation therapy session at Northwest Float Center be the most relaxing ever.