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Color and Emotion Association


How does color effect your mood?

Color has always been a part of our life. Our home décor, the color of our car, your favorite color, our favorite color clothes or shoes. Color is more that an accent to you we are, it can actually expose who we are!!

Color Therapy has been used for many years. From the color you use for your babies room to the color of the inside walls of prisons, hospistals, and even your website,. In this hub we will discover the meaning of such colors and their appropriate use.




The Color Pink

 This color produces a sedative like affect.  It is commonly used in prisons to make prisoners less aggressive and anxious.  Not all prisons have pink walls, they are mostly in cells where prisoners are for a short period of time to calm them down.  It has also been used in Private Mental Institutions where the complete décor is pink or it's sister colors.  Baby girls wear pink as a sign of femininity and gender but it also works well as the color of the nursery for it's calming effect.  Maybe that's why I have never seen a pink gym and why men that wear pink appear somewhat harmless.  Have you ever seen someone rob a convenient store wearing a pink polo?



The color scarlet, mother of the red family. This color shows the emotion of Desire, Friendly Composition and a Believable Personality. Dramatic yet warm like the Christmas Holiday. I would wear this color in court. lol


Bright Red

Bright Red is Dangerous, Exciting and loud. Red is a color of Battle and warns of Danger. I would wear red in the Boxing Ring, maybe somewhere in a Red Formal that you would definitely wanted to be looked at twice. 



Coral represents Wild, fiery and Explosive. This mix of red and yellow appears to be out of control and very noticeable. Standing Out in A Crowd. With these attribultes, I wouln't wear this color if i was spying on my spouse.



 Simply known as a color for hazards.  Road signs, detours.   This color is often used on many Road Construction Websites.  I'd wear that color when I met my daughter's first boyfriend.  Hazard Ahead!



More of an earthy tone of orange, it's mellow. Comfortable yet distinctive. It is also the color of very expensive perfumes. I can imagine a nice Amber colored sweather during the cool days of Autumn.



The color gold portrays and enhances Joy and sunny feelings.  It is also associated with power and age.  That is why my grandmother's living room décor is gold, all this time I thought she was reverting back to the seventies.

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 Yellow is sharp and anxious.  It can appear startling and the overuse of yellow can make the viewer uneasy.  Although I thought it was a neutral color for babies, wrong.  I would add a bunch of yellow pillows and flowers to my living room when unwanted guests were about to arrive. 



 Lime sets your mood as clean, fresh, even naive.  It is a youthful color resembling the sprouts of a new plant.  I would put this color in my guest bedroom, or wear it to meet the "the parents" for the first time.


Leaf Green

 Leaf Green appears healthy, natural and secure.  Green is a symbol of life.  Full of Self Confidence.  What a great color to wear to an interview. Not a Leaf Green suit but an accent such as a tie, scarf or handbag.


Sea Green

 Sea Green reflects Maturity.  It is also strong and restless, like a mature forest of  the evergreen trees or the depths of the sea. I would wear that everyday! Good accent color for office or study.



 Emerald is Brilliant, Expensive and External.  It is precious as the jewel but is also represents jealousy (The Emerald Eye Monster?) and is the color of poison.  I would just take the jewelry.



Teal represents Primitive and Ancient. It is also intuitive and strong, free like an eagle. This color is often used in Southwest Design as Turquoise.  Teal is also used in handmade jewelry and Windcatchers.



 Cyan makes you feel and appear Analytical and Intelligent.  It is cold, direct and to the point.  A very Articulate color.  I have seen this color in a lot of Doctor's offices as wallpaper boarder. A good color for an Attorney's office.


Sky Blue

 Sky Blue is calm, True and Honest.  It is a symbol of peace, tranquility and good will.  Sky Blue is the choice when picking out something "blue" for a bride.  (Also color of the UNC Tarhills, yeah!)


Dark Blue

 Dark Blue is Moving, soulful and compassionate.  This blue has heart and emotion.  Great color to wear if you want to give that impression. 



 Violet reflects serioiusness. It is thoughtful and Reflective.  Violet is a balance between red and blue which represents mediative, soul searching thought.  I good color on your screen saver when you have a writers block!



Last but not least, Purple, my favorite color since childhood. It represents Grand, Royal and Majestic. It suggests excitement. In the Western Society, it was considered to be the color of Royalty.

As one of my adventures in my life I worked as an Assistant Dye House Manager.  It was a company owned by a group of Chinese and they dyed material for Liz Claiborne, DKNY, Mervyns, Talbots, and many more I can't remember.  I didn't begin with this position, I was the Managers Secretary.  One day he had a chinese argument I couldn't understand.  He was able to explain to me the buyer said the color was off.  I looked at and said, it is too blue.  He looked surprise for he was the one with the "eye".  The ability to look at two swatches that looked exactly alike and recite the formulas and they would be completely different.  If you look at all of these colors you will find a hint or more in some of Blue.  Look closely, you will see blue in all the swatches.  Dark Blue is the dominant color and is used to create even the lightest of yellow. 

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sweetstickyrainbo on December 16, 2014:

I have never heard that pink was a sedative. I tend to think of shocking pink.

BizzyLizzy on November 13, 2011:

Thankyou, this really helps with my GCSE textiles coursework (:

thedutchman on March 22, 2011:

This article is very informative. I like it. Good job!! Thanks.

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on November 29, 2010:

Very informative and amusing. Thanks for sharing!

Dawn Michael from THOUSAND OAKS on July 27, 2010:

I really enjoyed your article on color and personality or emotion. In the past they used to paint large dining rooms in red, it is said that they did that to stimulate the appetite, or I suppose that may work in a master bedroom as well…

Nell Rose from England on January 26, 2010:

Hi, great hub. I always go by the colour mood I am in. If I want to be calm I wear blue, I use red for energy and yellow if I want to feel sunny and warm. cheers nell

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on November 23, 2009:


cool, I can't hide I want you to join and post your stuff, will help ya, see ya this afternoon at dinner.

love ya


ps. I was just about to put a pic of you on the one about Writers Forum.!!

Alice on November 22, 2009:

Hey Dori! I wanted to finally leave you a quick comment to let you know that i have been browsing your hubs, and this one really caught me! I like it!

Good job, Dori!

homey on November 11, 2009:

that was very homey

Carolyn Augustine from Iowa on October 29, 2009:

I love color and enjoyed your article. I also think you have a very cute avatar! Happy day.

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on September 20, 2009:

Thanks for stoping by Matthew, Gold is powerful!


MatthewSM on September 20, 2009:

Great compilation of different colors and what they represent. I like gold :)

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on September 19, 2009:

Thanks Caleb, yeah they should paint prisons pink and yellow!!


Caleb Anderson on September 19, 2009:

Great hub, it is truly fascinating to learn how our internal states can be linked to color.

mike king from california on September 15, 2009:

dori, thanks for becoming a fan. I can see we share much in common. I like you already and I am looking forward to reading your stuff. you are quite a writer I see and very creative. I guess I can write, I'm working on the creative. Without the internet we would never hear and see the amazing array of talent and humanity out there. Thanks again and here's to Bill w

mike king from california on September 15, 2009:

dori, thanks for becoming a fan. I can see we share much in common. I like you already and I am looking forward to reading your stuff. you are quite a writer I see and very creative. I guess I can write, I'm working on the creative. Without the internet we would never hear and see the amazing array of talent and humanity out there. Thanks again and here's to Bill w

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on September 15, 2009:

so I guess it may be true, huh? Thanks for stoppong by.


Flightkeeper from The East Coast on September 15, 2009:

While I was reading the descriptions of the colors and looking at the colors I found myself either agitated or calm. A very nice hub.

Kim Garcia on July 31, 2009:

fortunerep!! Enjoyed this Hub very much!! It is amazing how much color plays a vital role in our human psyche. My mother and sister are both interior designers and I've heard some of the most funniest horror stories of how they've decorated various client's homes using colors they despise only to please the client. They grin and bear they try to instill as much of their own professional preference. But color is subjective, and is part of the cosmic makeup. Thanks again for sharing, quite interesting!!!

Be Blessed! Kim

Sioux Ramos from South Carolina on July 31, 2009:

Just browsing and found this great color hub you wrote. I work a lot with color vibrational therapies, definitely bookmarking to share. Thanks for a great hub!

Gennifer from Minsk, Belarus on July 31, 2009:

nice hub! I've noticed that colour really influences my mood and emotions. And I'm completely agree with your description of colours. They are true to life! I personally adore LIME, this colour brings something fresh in you and your mood, that's why a lot of clothes in my wardrobe are of this colour.

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on July 18, 2009:

yea that would def. be bad to be colorblind, make it pink and purple. calming, yet royalty.


Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on July 18, 2009:

I feel so sorry for all the colorblind folks. Very interesting. I was hoping to find a reason to change the color of my theme on my computer home page. Now I'm not sure which of the traits I want to see every time I check back to it. Too calm, too excited, getting more uneasy? Now what am I going to do? Great hub.

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on July 11, 2009:

not sure about tan of course it is a neutral color or earth tone.


Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on July 11, 2009:

not sure about tan of course it is a neutral color or earth tone.


pretttyyyyytyytytytyuiol on July 11, 2009:

what about tan??

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 11, 2009:

thanks for information. It help me to know the meaning of many color.

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on June 28, 2009:

An excellent hub with lots of interesting details, very informative - thanks a lot :)

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on June 19, 2009:

Very interesting! This hub is bookmarked!

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on May 22, 2009:

Thanks Ripple, I love lavender and soft tones. I am fair skinned so dark colors don't look right, even with a tan.


Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on May 22, 2009:

My favorite color is blue..I love tranquility and peace :-) Hehe But come to think of it, I am a lover of colors and definitely from time to time experiment and try the other colors.

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on May 17, 2009:

Thanks Candie, great idea!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on May 17, 2009:

Great hub, I get what you say about yellow, but it's become a fav, the sunny daffodil yellow. I always get comments about how wonderful it is, all summertime and warm.. I love purple too, warm purples, reds, are best on my skin one on skin tones/color shades.. I will read it!!

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on May 17, 2009:

Thanks for all your comments

Jill: I made sure I had uploaded the correct color swatch and I too thought coral was a lighter color, but it is lighter that the red, less blue.

jill of alltrades from Philippines on May 17, 2009:

This is very interesting and informative. I am having problems distinguishing between the bright red and coral swatches though.

When the day is dark and dreary, I always wear bright colors to help brighten up my day.

Apostille on May 16, 2009:

Good details about colors.

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on May 16, 2009:

thank you as well, lovezan!

Might Mom, I am having trouble with the white swatch, of course. It's reflects innocence, purity and unscathed. Black is the opposite but can appear to make you look smaller. I wear black a lot!!

cashmere from India on May 16, 2009:

I do tend to wear colours that relate to my emotions. When I'm feeling down in the dumps and want to cheer myself up I wear red.

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on May 15, 2009:

maybe that's why they put it in prison! lol

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on May 15, 2009:

BTW, I am a bit surprised about the uses for pink. It definitely does not calm me. It makes me think of PeptoBismol. Bleh!

Dori S Matte (author) from Hillsborough on May 15, 2009:

I will do that, thanks!!

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on May 15, 2009:

This is a really well done hub. I love the addition of the color swatches as well as the "wear this for..." examples.

But I have to ask: what happened to white, brown and black?

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