5 Ways to Boost Your Mood Using Color

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Are you lacking in motivation? Today, this week, or maybe even this month? This is a common side effect of living through an extremely stressful time (ahem, phase 2 of lock-down and a global pandemic) – but it’s still not nice to experience. I am focusing on being kind to myself, which means it’s okay to feel these things – but I don’t want to dwell too much. So I will be turning to my rainbows for a little pick-me-up. I’ve put together this guide on colors and how to boost your mood using color therapy (kind of).

Have you heard about color therapy? Everyone has heard the theory about hospitals being painted in pale blues to keep everyone calm. We’re all naturally programmed to react to color, which is why poison frogs are usually neon! While I don’t prescribe to the strict theory of Color Therapy – I do agree that (for me, at least) having bright colors around soothes my mind and helps to boost my mood.

Picture this: you’re out shopping and the whole shop is beige and boring. Out of the corner of your eye, you spot a pom-pom adorned rainbow cushion. It’s whimsical, it’s camp, it’s the brightest thing in the shop, and it makes you smile. I know where I’d be heading (straight to the checkout with the damn cushion!)

Rainbows make people smile. It’s hard to deny this – just look at all the rainbows adorning windows up and down the country. Rainbows have been used to boost morale and lift spirits from the very start of lockdown in the UK. They’re even painted on the roads in front of some hospitals now!

There’s also something called Color Psychology, see this from Wikipedia:

“Color psychology is the study of hues as a determinant of human behavior. Color influences perceptions that are not obvious, such as the taste of food. Colors have qualities that can cause certain emotions in people. Colors can also enhance the effectiveness of placebos.”

Your feelings about color will be personal to you and rooted in your own experience or culture. While the color of “mourning” is Black in most Western countries, whereas it would be the color white in many Eastern countries.

There are some theories about particular colors, which I will highlight below. There aren’t any hard scientific facts to back these, but I feel like it’s fun in a “mood-ring from your childhood” kind of way!

Red represents drama and anger. But it can also be a friendly color that makes you feel warm and loved. Contrary? No, never.

Yellow is a bright and cheerful color – reminding me of sunflowers and sunny days. It’s great if you want to grab attention but use sparingly as it can cause “visual fatigue”. Ooer.

Pink is generally used to represent all things feminine and romantic. There are so many variants of pink – pale pink can be calming, while neon pink will be energetic. I love pink!

Green represents the outdoors to many – grass and trees and nature. It’s proven that being in nature is good for your well-being, so green is an ideal color to make you feel good.

Purple is seen as a magical, mysterious color. The color purple doesn’t occur very often in nature (note: have you ever seen a vampire crab? They’re purple and amazing!) so it’s seen as a rare color.

Orange is similar to yellow, in that it’s a bright and energizing color. I love a bit of 70s orange, especially next to brown

Blue is the ultimate uplifting and calming color – think of a bright blue sky or a shimmering blue sea. Bet you feel better already, eh?

…I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, too!

5 Easy Ways to bring more color into your life:

  • Take a walk – you’ll be surprised how many colors you spot along the way. Try to count all the rainbows in people’s windows, or how many different colored flowers you can see. Notice the blue sky and green grass – the whole world is a rainbow.
  • Home improvements – Making a few small adjustments at home could increase your daily color intake dramatically! Could you get hold of a tin of paint and spruce up a wall? Browse Etsy [3] for rainbow tapestries, or crochet rainbows, and support small businesses.
  • Crafts – Why don’t you try my pom-pom tutorial here? Or maybe you have some spare fabric to make cushion covers or a wall banner! I’d recommend browsing eBay for bright fabrics – cotton is easy to sew with for beginners!
  • Print out your photos – do you know you can get 50 free prints a month through Photobox [4]? You just pay postage. Choose your favorite holiday snaps and get them ordered – hanging up photos of better times will brighten up your space and boost your mood.
  • When you next do your essential food shop, why not pick up some flowers? This could be bedding plants from Aldi or a bunch of roses from your local greengrocers – but they are guaranteed to boost your color intake and your mood.
  • I hope you feel a little better now!

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