ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Color as Therapy

Updated on May 7, 2013

A popular question new friends ask each other is “What is your favorite color”. We often use the similarities in our color preferences as a bond-forming commonality. We will even choose gifts for that friend with their favorite color in mind as a sign of our affection for them.

What is color?

As most of you know, color is light and energy. Color is visible because it reflects, bends, and refracts through all kinds of particles, molecules and objects. Light affects our mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression which affects many people during the winter months, especially at the North and South Pole where daylight and night last for months at a time.


Chromotherapy or light therapy (also referred to as color therapy) is a type of holistic healing that utilizes the visible light spectrum of color to affect a person’s physical and/or mental health. Every color has its own specific frequency and vibration. Even though we know that light enters through our eyes, light can also enter our bodies through our skin. Studies suggest that certain colors entering the body can activate hormones leading to chemical reactions within the body, which can then influence emotions.

Do you ever feel particularly irritable or particularly calm in certain settings? Well, it is quite possible that the colors in those settings are causing that response. There are certain mood responses that colors are commonly thought to cause.

These are some of them:

o The color red is thought to stimulate, excites and warms the body, increases the heart rate, brain-wave activity and respiration. Persons who suffer from high blood pressure are actually discouraged from decorating their living spaces with the color red. My home office is red, but my time spent in there is definitely limited!

o Pink is thought to have a soothing effect. Pink is often used prison entrances, hospital rooms and drug centers. I didn't even notice that!

o Orange stimulates the appetite and reduces fatigue. It is often used in kitchens – my kitchen is orange! Avoid when trying to lose weight! :-)

o Yellow is a memory stimulator and also raises blood pressure and pulse rate, but not as much as red. I love yellow and often wear my yellow dress to work on a day that I want to lift my mood.

o Green is reminiscent of new beginnings. It is said to cause feelings of calm and hope and it soothes and relaxes the body and mind. My bedroom is green! I LOVE taking drives out of town and just looking at the grass and trees is SO soothing.

o Blue is also a relaxing color. It calms the body, lowers blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, and also has a cooling effect.

How color affects your mood

Knowing how these colors affect our moods can be very important information for when we are decorating our homes and especially rooms that we spend a lot of time in like our bedrooms and offices. Experiment with color for yourself. You may find that a calmer, more relaxed state of mind is just a tin of paint away!

Color affects my mood

See results


The text on this page, unless otherwise indicated, is owned by happiness coach (karen mcgibbon) who hereby asserts her copyright on the material. Permission must be granted by the author in writing prior to copy or republish this article in print or online. Thank you.

© karen mcgibbon


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • happiness coach profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen McGibbon 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Denise, you bring up a good point! I can envision the standoff feel of the office that you describe. I too, much prefer the way a room looks and feels with the 'non-energy saving' bulbs that we grew up with. Thank you for mentioning that because that 'feel' could determine whether someone visiting our home or office feels welcome or not!

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Color definitely has an affect on my feelings and moods. When I first started working at my particular employment, we were changing the light bulbs in my part of the office. My boss asked if I liked the cool blue light better or the warm yellow light. My first impression was to go with the blue cool light because I like cool colors. After they put the bulbs in, I walked into the office and it just didn't feel right. The decor of the room took on a standoff feeling and was not like it was previously. I told them to change the lighting back to the yellow light, now the room is warm and welcoming, the way it was before.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)