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Colorful Shifts of Moods, Feelings and Emotions

Updated on March 21, 2013

Moods that are dictated into our lives through environmental experiences

Life has a way of compelling us to respond to situations that confront us each day with varied emotional responses. We are left fighting these emotions and wondering how we got into such situations in the first place. Little do we realize that we have the ability to control our emotions, feeling or moods by improving our environment to limit negative mood swings?

How often do we realize a sense of joy, happiness, sadness, anger, touchiness, jitters, and irritation whose source cannot be established? Do you ever wish to change your emotions or moods with better feelings? Can you imagine changing sadness with joy or dullness with brightness? It is all in your power and within reach if you know how to play around with colors.

Color Palette


Controlling your mood through colors

Time has proved that we often feel better waking up to bright sunny days compared to dark, dull or gloomy mornings. One’s productivity is pepped up with a dose of sunshine to the effect that modern architecture readily embraces the use of natural lighting against artificial lighting.

The colors we choose to deck our rooms with further enhance our environs positively to reflect intended moods. Movie scenes and studios have routinely been designed to elicit this bit of psychology for ages to create artificial setups that influence cinema-going audiences, thereby striking the most appropriate moods for intended occasions and scenes.

Horror movies are often the most spectacular with regard to design of scenery and use of color. Comedies strike merry in our hearts with obvious shiny colors to brighten our experiences. Movies with sad lonesome tones are accompanied with equally sad choices of shades of color to add leverage.

The more stage managers are able to influence their audiences’ moods the better the effect and hence attraction to what the production has to offer.

Color and occasion: Official functions

Official occasions and premises call for prim attire whose wearer looks the part. This is why some work places, institutions or organizations insist on uniform attire for all workers. This eliminates shades and styles that are likely to portray negative images of the organization, thereby affecting its image, reputation and hence, sales. Workers are often dressed up in institutional colors.


Weddings are merry occasions where each guest wants to be happy or jovial. One is wise to choose colors that strike both onlookers and wearers positively. Traditionally, white has been the color of choice until recent times when variations have found acceptance. People feel free to select the entire rainbow spectrum of colors depending on one’s orientation and choice. However, lighter shades of color relay a sense of cleanliness, purity, neatness and virginity that brides would like to portray.

Parties and shows

Party people are loud people. This is due to the fact that such occasions are characterized by loud sounds, noisy pop music, merry-making, loud decorations. This is not restricted to the environment but also shows on participants. In modern times, a party may be misconstrued to be a fashion show. The primary colors in use tend to be rather loud during parties.


A funeral is an occasion where no one wants to relay the wrong message. It is a sad, somber, dull, gloomy occasion where glitz and merriment are least expected. It owes to the fact that guests and all are grieving over the loss of a loved one. Attire should be chosen to reflect the occasion. Darker shades are usually opportune.

Colors that influence one’s moods

The world is resplendent with a myriad of colors that greatly dictate how we feel or react towards each other, not to mention our environs too. Whether we do it consciously or unconsciously is a matter of further debate and research. Does your spouse’s attire influence your moods positively or negatively? Do you feel more attracted to them or repulsed? Do they look dull, inviting, daring, ridiculous or even outrageous? Are you more attracted to other men or women through their chosen attire without a notion of the contributing factors? You might just discover the reason why by perusing through the table below. The table alphabetically shows how each color, shade or tone influences our moods for better or worse. Single words have been conveniently used to explain emotions and feeling elicited by some popular colors in a terse sense.

Colorful Moods

Color or Tone
Mood, Emotion or Feeling
Calm, serene, comfort, balance
Subtle elegance, stability, structure
Peace, tranquility, refreshing, acceptance, trust
Somber, gloomy, dull, cheerless, depressing
Stability, warmth, structured
Strength, firm, rich, friendly
Subtle elegance, stability, structure
Wealth, rich, bold, advanced, glamour
Cool, respect, quality, exclusive, receding
Cheerful, wealth, health, comfort, balance
Calm, serene, comfort, balance
Bright, sunny, warmth, friendly
Comfort, balance, health, tranquility
Inviting, welcoming
Active, friendly
Sophistication, daring, heavenly
Soft, feminine
Excitement, bold, live, energy, charm, warmth
Subtle elegance, stability, structure
Peace, tranquility, refreshing, acceptance, trust
Sophistication, daring
Cleanliness, purity, neatness
Bright, sunny, warmth, friendly


Care should therefore be exercised when choosing the color of the day’s attire, depending on the occasion in your daily itinerary in order to feel right and also relay the right message. There are times when you don’t want publicity but would like to disappear into the crowd. There are specific colors you can choose from in the chart above.


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