Colors And Emotions -Color Psychology

It is said that colors leave a strong impact on human moods and emotions.They can give you the feeling of freshness or they can make you feel gloomy.They not only reflect your style but also speak up about your moods and emotions.
It is said that colors leave a strong impact on human moods and emotions.They can give you the feeling of freshness or they can make you feel gloomy.They not only reflect your style but also speak up about your moods and emotions. | Source

Pablo Picasso once said “Colors, like features, follow the changes of emotions”

It has always been thought and analyzed that colors leave an impact on your moods; so much so many people conceive colors and their effects as influential forces on our lives. They truly leave an emotional impact and it is not just a thinking only.

Psychologists believe that colors effect human moods and emotions. From brightening up your day to making you feel down, colors do have some important role to play.

Below we will look at some of the very basic, important and the most common colors used and their individual effects on the general human attitude, moods and emotions.


Blue is a color that belongs to a category of cool colors and is widely used and liked by many people no matter of what age. The color psychologists have agreed on the fact that blue color leaves a wide reaching effect on human emotions. As it is a color of sky and oceans, it really brings a soothing effect on human nerves. It also stands for bringing peace and calm. Not only this, blue is a color mostly known best for people with sleep problems. It stands for protection, friendship, truth, and sensitivity.

The color blue is so much popular and admired that many interior decorators also apply the color theme of blue to what they design. It is believed that this color creates a reflective and an intellectual atmosphere. Either it is about to cool down a hot sunny room or creating a comforting space, blue is exactly the color that is often used. This color leaves an impact leaving a feeling of “coolness” all around.


The color red is often termed as an extremely powerful, warm color having a very deep impact. This vibrant color is often used in anything related with the sign of danger or warnings. It also signifies love, passion, ferocity and boldness.

Psychologists have termed it as an exciting color that creates high levels of energy, strength, willpower, and brilliance. Interior decorators use this red color in rooms where they feel like raising a high energy level. It is considered as a good choice in a place where you want to create an excitement. For instance in a living room or in dining rooms, this color is mostly used as it stimulates conversations and add an elegance to the overall ambiance of the room.


It is a color that is responsible for physical tranquillity, femininity, warmth and love. The pink color is loved and admired by many because of the calmness which it provides. Not only it is comforting but also adds grace and classiness to a personality.

Psychologist’s term pink as a color that gives rise to hopeful feelings and positivity. It is always associated with child’s innocence and sweetness.

The interior decorators while designing some room with the color pink always keep the positive effects of this color in mind and combine it with other darker colors to add sophistication, healthy effect, and strength to a room.


The color green is often associated with Nature and is referred to as a very calming color. Color psychologists term it as a color that pleases the senses. It is a source of refreshment, restoration and is known for bringing in the feeling of a balanced equilibrium. It is often advised for people to use this color as much as in their lives who suffer from stress and anxiety. It in fact, will not be wrong to say that this cool color stands for healing and revival.

The interior designers often use this color in places where they need to add a much more relaxed atmosphere and also want to show prosperity and abundance. For garden lovers, different shades of the green color are the best choices.


Yellow is a color that has always been categorized as one of those which stimulates your emotions. It stands for optimism and develops the good feelings of self esteem and emotional strength. The psychologists conceive yellow as one of the strongest colors impacting human behavior so much so that it can trigger the effects like anger or depression. It can also give rise to the emotion of fear and anxiety.

However yellow is a beautiful color that can lift our spirits also in a good way. It is the color of the mind and intellect, often help bringing up new ideas and clarity of thoughts.

Like Red, Yellow is a very prominent color and therefore it is always used at important places like pedestrians crossings.


Often recognized as a glamorous color, black stands as an absorbing color that gathers up all the energy that comes your way. It stands for timelessness and style. Also it leaves an impact of seriousness and it is often associated with mourning and depression. However at the same time this color is known for evoking emotions that can help people feel pure and open.


Simplicity, purity and cleanliness are one of the most notable emotions that are associated with the color white. As the color black is often allied with absorption, the white color stands for reflection. It signifies sophistication and efficiency.

White gives a feeling of protection, encouragement and promotes the sense of order and efficiency.

The color white can also have some negative effects of coldness and unfriendliness. Too much white can create feelings of isolation and emptiness. However the being pure effect of this color cannot be denied and that is the reason why we have seen the usage of this color in rooms where the effect of cleanliness and brightness is required.


The color brown brings warmth and is natural and supportive. It helps develops a mood of seriousness and is a very solid color. Many people find it reliable as it gives a feel of emotional safety and material security.

This color signifies quality and is often used in places which need to show a comfort and a loyal companionship. Psychologists are of the view that this color is practical, sensible and wholesome. There are some shades of brown which show sophistication and elegance, hence strongly giving out a feel of reassurance.


The color Gold stands for richness and prosperity. It is also a solid color and is mostly associated with the sign of health, endurance and cheerfulness in life. This color also represents prestige and is used to explain a certain high status.

Gold is also linked with abundance and authority, wisdom and a deep understanding about things. This color fills you up with energy and inspires you. Not only this, the color gold is helpful in getting rid of fear and hesitation regarding certain ideas in your mind.

The interior decorators use the color gold in places where they want to show or enhance a certain level of energy and warmth. The golden picture frames to brass objects truly gives you a compassionate and revitalizing effect and appeals to the senses in a positive way.


Like the color Gold, color psychologists have also termed the silver color as a symbol of prestige. It is often termed as a color which represents dignity and practicality of a person.

It has been observed that people who like to wear silver color are modest, persistent and reliable by nature.

Silver also stands for peace and calm. Interior decorators use the color silver for highlighting a certain area or a point in a room. It adds a sleek, cool look to the room and enhances the overall calm effect of the ambiance.


Each color has many aspects. Some signify optimism while some make you feel low. There are different kinds of energy associated with each and every one of them on both conscious and subconscious levels. There is no doubt in this fact that colors do play a vital role in effecting human sentiments. The color psychology has greatly helped to learn and understand the true meanings of colors and their impact on human moods and emotion that effect our lives.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I like yellow, especially because it is called the Colour of Insanity. I love that idea. I just made myself a T-shirt... and a hub... all in yellow.

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Yellow is a nice color filled with refreshing energy to the height of insanity at times :)

Thank you for stopping by kallini2010 :)

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Sue B. 5 years ago

I liked your hub! I have written about the meaning of colors in dreams before and the psychology of colors, of course, is similar. I find it fascinating how much color impacts our emotions and how often colors are associated with similar emotions in people. I like that you added some of the opposite meanings for people for each color.

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Hi Sue B. Thank you very much for the appreciation.It is true that the impact which colors leave on our general moods and thoughts is so varied and vast that it is hard to mention each and every one of the feelings in one single Hub. Overall i really liked the idea of studying how each color leaves a very distinctive effect on our thoughts and how our personalities react to it.The color psychology is indeed an interesting subject!!

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catrus 5 years ago from Philippines

My favorite is green. It is very light to the eyes and gives a very calming effect.

Awesome hub, learner!

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Thank you catrus for your appreciation :)Green is a cool color indeed and is really pleasing to the eye.Thanks again for taking out the time to read and comment !!!

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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This was a fun read! I never know what to say when asked what my favorite color is. I guess that means I think variety is the spice of life? Anyway, I vote this up and awesome.

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Hi rebeccamealey ...I am glad you enjoyed reading the Hub. I also have a situation similar to yours when someone asks me about my favorite color leaving me wondering which one exactly i like :)

Thank you for your votes and stopping by :)

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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City

I bookmarked this one, I'll be back later to read it in full. I love the concept that's unfolding here with the usage of colors. Brilliant idea! & I'm even voting up ahead of time prior to reading it, because obviously you went out of you way to make it look extra pretty. Nice!

Oh and thanks for your comment as well.

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Hi CloudExplorer... Thank you very much for stopping by and your appreciation. i hope when you will read it back later you will not only enjoy it but will also find the article useful for you :)

Thanks again !!!

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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City

I returned to complete the reading of your awesome hub here, wow is all I can say, and I've seen the meaning of colors before in books about the subject, but not displayed on the web or on hubpages for that matter.

Awesome in depth meanings for each and every color you've displayed and I know your presence on hubpages will be a powerful one indeed, if its not already being felt by others worldwide as well.

This article will remain in my bookmarks, some day I'll have the need of decorating my home, so it will definitely be put to good use.

Its truly useful indeed in every way, for it helps people to discover the many hidden meanings of colors and puts in worded form that is simple to understand.

Since I've voted it up already I will also share it outside of hubpages, lets hope others can find use of such a hub as well.

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learner365 5 years ago Author

CloudExplorer...Thank you so much for your very kind words and so much of the appreciation.I am really glad to see that you found all about colors very useful. It really makes me feel good to learn that whatever i am sharing with my readers is actually helping them out in one way or another.

Thank you once again for your very positive feedback.I appreciate your generosity much :)

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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City

No Probs @ Learner365 :)

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novicemuse 5 years ago

Neat hub. I remember doing a science fair project on colors because my friends and I thought it was easy and we were lazy and the only thing I remember from it was that we figured out why other school painted even boys away locker rooms pink — to make them tired since its so tranquilizing! But anyway, it was very interesting and I learned much more from this than a month of surveying people!

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Hi novicemuse....yeah colors do have a strong impact and haha it is really "interesting" to imagine boys locker room as pink ...:) Learning about colors is indeed a fun thing to do.

Thank you for coming by and taking your time out to leave your feedback.I appreciate :)

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GoGreenTips 5 years ago from Indianapolis

Very interesting hub, I can see how in designing rooms it would be beneficial to have these colors, I also wonder if like there is any thought into what emotions should be evoked in like website design? Great hub and thought provoking. My favorite color is blue, calm and tranquil.

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Hi GoGreenTips...Thank you for coming by and your appreciation. I think colors may leave an emotional effect in website design.That is an interesting thought that you have put and i will also try to explore this idea further :)

Thanks again :)

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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

I enjoyed this article about colors. Blue is my favorite color, but I try to surround environment with yellows to stay upbeat and energized and I wear a lot of black. It's interesting to see what the colors are indicating.

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Cyndi10...I am glad you liked this article.Colors do leave an interesting impact on our moods and it is fun to note that with what energy they affect us !!!

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merchantdoctor 5 years ago from Reno

Great HUB Learner I really enjoyed it. It is amazing how much color can influence someone's mood or actions!

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Thank you very much merchantdoctor,i am glad you enjoyed it :)

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moonfairy 5 years ago

interesting hub learner...color absolutely affects me in different ways and I purposely select certain colors when decorating my home and yard to give me the feelings and the energy that I'm looking for.

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learner365 5 years ago Author

Hi moonfairy....It is a good thing to keep the specific selection of colors while decorating your home or yard.Colors play a significant role with regard to your energy levels.

Thank you for coming by and your appreciation :)

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Another entertaining hub concerning colors from you! I too have heard of how colors affect our moods (it depends). This is a well-explained hub and it included interesting facts about roads (danger - red, pedestrian - yellow) and interior designing ( I notice that some girls' bedrooms are painted baby-pink - it reflect their femininity)!

My absolute favorite colors are blue and green. I also liked gold and silver!( please can you explain about gold & silver and their effects on human moods to me?). I would like to read more color-based hubs from you!

Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up.

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learner365 4 years ago Author

Hey ishwaryaa i have updated the info about the colors Gold and Silver above.You can check them out :)

Thank you very much for your appreciation and votes.I will try my best to come up with more color based Hubs.Thanks again for coming by and leaving your feedback :)

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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

I love your hubs because they are always so informative. Great work! I remember as a kid with a large box of crayons, Silver and Gold were my absolute favorites - your hub reminded me of that.

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learner365 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much Jlava.I am happy to know that you find the Hubs informative.You're always appreciation is very much appreciated :)

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Thank you so much for explaining to me about gold & silver - very informative. Happy Hubbing! Take care.

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learner365 4 years ago Author

Thank you for reading. You too take care :)

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uzma shaheen 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

blue and green are my favourite colors, i am really glad to read so interesting facts about my favourite colors,thanks for sharing.

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learner365 4 years ago Author

My pleasure uzma shaheen that you liked reading about your favorite colors.Thank you for coming by :)

lala 4 years ago

i reeli luv live ur hub its awesome

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learner365 4 years ago Author

Thank you lala :)

jonribu 4 years ago

Yes...ppl love to wear diff. Color. But from my childhood till now whenever i go for shopping my first sight goes to red color and also i do wear red color mostly and sometimes green and blue also.

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learner365 4 years ago Author

Hi jonribu...It often happens that you tend to select the same color over and over again...Red is indeed a nice color giving out a vibrant,energized feeling . The greens and blues are cool shades as well. My personal favorite has mostly been blue and in the past year i was going for so many red and red related shades. So color choice varies from one to other at times.

I appreciate your leaving your comment on the Hub.Thank you so much for dropping in :)

Anntb 4 years ago

Awesome! I really enjoyed reading this hub.

I am doing my dissertation about 'Sound and colour' and I researching about color emotions. I have found many articles which relate frecuencies music tones with colours but nothing with other kind of sound and noises. I think the reason is because only few people see colours when they are listening sounds, more with music (especially with synesthesia).

Have you read something about it?

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learner365 4 years ago Author

Hi Anntb...Thank you for dropping in your comment.I am glad to know you enjoyed the reading.

It is also cool to learn that you are doing your dissertation about 'Sound and color'. I am afraid i haven't read much about whether people see color while listening to sounds. But perhaps after you have mentioned, i will like to observe and learn about their interrelation .

All the best to you for your research !!!

wesley. 4 years ago

Your colors and mood was not really bad its really awesome and it was quite of funny. You should put more. There are so nice to read and laugh at it....Nice top girl your so smart, but its true, you are smart.

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learner365 4 years ago Author

Thank you wesley,i am glad that you liked to read about colors and thank you for dropping in your feedback as well :) 4 years ago

I loved how you put those words in such a great way.

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learner365 4 years ago Author

Thank you for the appreciation j-jo :)

Jannah :D 3 weeks ago

I think red is the best (3! It describes my personality a lot, and I love the boldness of the colour (3!

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learner365 4 days ago Author

Indeed red is one of the most vibrant and energy giving colors. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment Jannah :)

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