Updated: Jun 27
Do colours actually have an impact on our feelings, emotions, choices and personalities?
How do we interpret colours into warm and cool?
There is no doubt that colour stimulates our brain in one form or another and most of us know the colours which affect our individual emotions. For example, purple is made up of red and blue (warm and cool colours) which provides a nice balance between stimulation and serenity that is supposed to encourage creativity. Light purple is supposed to provide a peaceful surrounding, thus relieving tension.
I read this article about a school which repainted all walls in vibrant colours. The result was interesting as the students' behaviour changed. Class attendance increased, grades improved and much more. This is quite impressive because that school was a school for the blind.
Can colours actually have such an effect?
Scientific studies demonstrate that when colour is transmitted from the eye to the brain, the brain releases a hormone affecting the emotions, mind clarity and energy levels. It is said that blue has the biggest positive effect on the physical, mental and behavioural patterns. It is typically a calming and serene colour, said to decrease respiration and lower blood pressure.
A colour is a form of energy with a certain wavelength and frequency which affects the mood of people, both adults and children. There is no doubt in my mind that colours could be used to help children with learning difficulties, e.g. ADHD, autism, etc. and I believe there are many studies that have been done in this field. How successful have these studies been in actually using them to improve learning and what are the results?