The Positive side of white creates barriers (different from black) but it can be a strain.  White carries a touch me not feel.  White has been perceived as purity and sterility and gives a heightened perception of your space.

The Negative side of white are the perceptions it is sterile cold has barriers and can feel unfriendly even elitist.  White can make other colours seem garish. If you’re using “winter” colours, strong bold and dramatic, stark white is the answer.  If you’re using “spring” or “summer” colours then a softer white is in order creating a unified effect. Having said that, as I mentioned previously, I used stark white with “sage” green and the green popped. For me, this is very much a personal choice. Since white has many nuances, again, choose one paint company and stick with them throughout so your white won’t change colour and become “off” white comparatively.


The Positive implications of brown (which usually consists of red and yellow with a large amount of black) creates the same seriousness as black but warmer and softer. Brown can also create warmth and is perceived as solid reliable since it’s the colour of the earth and the natural world.  (Oh, did I mention fun? Chocolate, coffee)

The negative impact of brown is the perception by some that it is suppressive rather than supportive because again, it is perceived as lacking in humour, heavy and lacking in sophistication. “Winter” people often detest brown and any shade thereof while “summer, spring and autumn” people welcome its versatility and find it warm and soothing.

In the past, centuries ago, the following examples are how colour was used.

Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and increase circulation

Yellow was thought to stimulate nerves and purify the body

Orange was used to heal the lungs and increase energy levels

Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain

Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin problems

I can only speak from personal experience to say, I find red stimulating, yellow (unless a specific yellow unwelcome), orange energetic, blue soothing and calming while Indigo I am in love with (all its shades).

I hope that when you’re surrounded by colour, you’ll delve deeper into how it makes you feel whether its effect is positive or negative.  If negative emotions prevail, perhaps a colour change is in order.  Enjoy your

I hope this look into colour assists you in choosing your best colours and helps you surround yourself with colours that create a positive effect and introduce a little bit of fun to your environment.  If you are still concerned regarding colour, perhaps massive vase of flours, a few of each colour available will spark an interest and captivate your attention.  Besides they are always a wonderful way to liven up a room.

19 thoughts on “Colour Psychology Part 3

  1. This was an interesting read.

    My husband has synesthesia. When he hears certain words, he has a color appear in his mind. Certain words have certain colors associated with them in his mind. He has a blog here too. I hope he writes about his experience.

        1. Thank you very much. I look forward to reading about it. I read your blog a few minutes ago. Please call me Phyllis btw. I have to say, I’m exceedingly proud of your honesty and vulnerability in discussing something that is very personal and I find that endearing. It is especially wonderful as it open dialogue and understanding.

          1. Phyllis, you are so nice to to write this.

            I am not only working hard to fight the stigma of mental illness, but to help others find help. So little is known about mental illness in the general public. There are a lot of mental illnesses out there, too.

            A lot of people with mental illnesses suffer beyond just the illness, but from others’ ignorance, fear and hatred. People who love the mentally ill sometimes don’t know what to do to help them, and to keep themselves well, too. They also need support.

          2. Wow! Couldn’t have put it better. You definitely hit the nail on the head on all counts! I was impressed to see Howie Mandel speak up about mental illness publically on the show. There are too many who stigmatize and brutalize people for something they have little control over. they desperately need support!!!

          3. I will have to look up Howie Mandel’s talk.

            I shouldn’t criticize anyone, but it did put a sour taste in my mouth when Katherine Zeta Jones said (in response to her bipolar type 2) that she would “Not be a poster child for bipolar disorder”.

          4. I can’t remember which show it was on, X factor usa most probably, but he was talking on two occasions about dealing with a mental health issue. I thought it very brave considering he’s in the entertainment industry which denies anything less than perfection. so kudos to him for that for sure.

    1. I read a little about synesthesia, but it used clinical words which were beyond me. Having said that, I’m confused about why it’s considered a mental illness. I watched a video about a man who had never played music in his life, suddenly creating unimaginably beautiful music on the piano, and he said he could see music, or sound in his head and was now writing and composing exquisite new music. There was no explanation for what happened, other than he had a head injury.

      1. I mentioned to my hubby that you were interested in his synesthesia. I have encouraged him to write a bit about it from the perspective of a person with synesthesia. I can’t guarantee he’ll actually write the post, but if he does I’ll definitely let you know. I’ve made note of this and your WordPress address.

        That is interesting about the man and the music. I wonder what that is about. I own a DSM-5 (the manual basically listing all mental illnesses and their descriptions0. I should read it more.

  2. I’m not especially fond of white, Phyllis. So hard to keep clean. Brown, especially a golden brown, are very pleasing to me! 😉 xoxoM

    1. I agree with white, although I use soft white a lot. I, being a summer, love dark chocolate brown but unless it’s specific, I would choose black over brown nine out of ten times. I believe colour speaks to each of us individually. That and heritage plays a part. What we grew up with and what specific colours represent to us.

      1. Ancestry is mixed, Phyllis. Very dark brown hair with plenty of gray and hazel eyes that run the gamut from gray to blue to green depending on what I’m wearing. Very, very green when I’m very, very angry, lol! 😉 xoxoM

          1. Thanks, Phyllis! I usually wear yellow as an accent color. Probably because I haven’t paid much attention to the shadings. I’ll look for a scrumptious lemon yellow something to wear! 😉 xoxoM

          2. Winters would wrap black or stark white around their face, while summers would use powder blue or dark chocolate brown, springs a peach and autumns orange (like the orange) Whichever makes you look younger while hiding “flaws” that’s you!

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