Businesses that use grey carpet and walls in their decor are not without taste– they are making strategic decisions to influence the temperament of their employees. Grey keeps us calm and passive and helps to mitigate outbursts that may otherwise erupt in a crowded workplace. Cool blue colors have the same effect, while warmer tones are said to ‘stimulate’ moods.
I gave my five-year-old daughter the option of picking colors for her room, with the caveat that I would provide a little guidance. Her first choices were a mid-tone purple and Pepto-Bismol pink. I told her if we painted her room bright pink I wouldn’t be able to hang out because it would probably make me barf. She took this to heart and we picked out a much lighter shade of pink that we can all live with.
This ‘whole environment‘ vs. ‘individual objects‘ aspect of coloring your environment is good to keep in mind when planning out your workspace or your day. Using objects or paper for small pops of color are beneficial because you can remove or change them depending on your mood and needs. They also provide a dose of color ‘therapy’, whereas if you are stuck in a room with walls that are a color that doesn’t work for you, it is oppressive (and probably even nauseating).