We all have our own personal taste when it comes to color. Some people are drawn to bright, bold colors while others prefer softer, calmer colors. While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. This month, we celebrate National Color Therapy Month, and we are all encouraged to take a closer look at how color affects our mood.
Let’s start with the basics of color. In 1666, English scientist Sir Isaac Newton discovered that when pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colors, meaning color is simply light of varying wavelengths and frequencies.
Colors can be classified as “warm” or “cool.” Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility.