March 27, 2012 in The Glass Lifestyle
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Different people are affected by color to various degrees, but the general impact of color on our attitude and mood is significant. Most people are aware of what a color represents, even though they themselves may not be emotionally impacted by it.
(Imagine someone wearing a red dress to a Western-style funeral – it’s wrong not just because it’s customary to wear black at funerals, but also because Western cultures associate red with passion, energy, and anger. It’s too much emotion in an already emotion-filled place.)
So how would you use color to control your attitude and mood for the better?
Well, it’s spring, and no other color could be more suitable for spring than yellow. It’s the color of warmth, cheer, and happiness.
Here are more details on how you can use the color yellow.
1. Use yellow to add cheer to your everyday life
Yellow stands for optimism. If the day is cold and rainy outside, having bright yellow objects around you can cheer you up.
If you recently moved from a sunny place to a cold, rainy place, have more yellow decorations around you before you feel depressed because of the sudden lack of sun. Similarly, dressing in yellow can give you energy and confidence.
2. Don’t overuse yellow – it’s fatiguing to the eyes
Yellow reflects light a lot – using yellow too much is like looking into the sun directly. Mix it up with other colors to avoid eyestrain – especially if you work a lot with computers, avoid using yellow wallpapers so you can work more efficiently.
3. Get attention with yellow
Yellow is used for traffic lights because it catches attention. If you want to get attention, definitely wear yellow shoes or carry a yellow bag.
However, some people find yellow irritating because it is overly eye-catching, so balance it with a darker color.
4. Do babies really cry more in yellow rooms?
Believe it or not, it is said that yellow can be so intense that babies cry more in yellow rooms. It probably depends on a lot of other factors besides just the color of the room and whether the babies are color-sensitive.
But regardless of that, decorate baby rooms with pale-yellow tones closer to beige rather than bright yellow. It will create a warm sun-filled atmosphere without putting too much strain on the eyes of the baby.
Even adults are said to become more excited and angry in yellow rooms, somewhat similar to common reactions in rooms painted in hot red. So it’s wise to use bright yellow only sparingly in kitchens (with all the knives, stainless steel equipments, and fire) to avoid accidents.
Photos from Mirakkul Glassware Amber Collection.
5. Place yellow decoration items as accents
Placing a vase or bowl as centerpiece in an otherwise bleak room can greatly lift up the atmosphere. You can also use smaller yellow objects, such as cups or pencil holders, as accents.
6. Use yellow for increased productivity and creativity
Yellow speeds up metabolism and awakens your confidence. It stimulates your logical creativity, without making you feel too dreamy-creative. It keeps you organized and helps your memory, and encourages communication.
So it’s the ideal color to use if you are feeling stuck during a project.
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7. Know the variations of yellow
Yellow can be pale, golden, bright, neon, dark. Depending on the different type of yellow you see, you will get different effects. For example, golden yellow is associated with wealth and luxury, while bright yellow is more childlike and cheerful. By using the right shade of yellow at the right time, you can create totally different moods.
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