What color comes to your mind when you read the words: sunshine, warmth, cheer, and happiness?
Have you been feeling down and when the sun started shining you felt suddenly much happier? Why is that? Well, there’s a reason for that. You may be surprised to discover that psychology has a solid answer to this question.
Why yellow makes you happy and energetic
- Research has suggested that yellow helps you lift your mood and improve your outlook on life. This association implies that the brain is programmed to associate yellow with these positive impacts of sunlight and stimulate your nervous system.
- Yellow is a color that stands out from the other colors of the spectrum, and scientists believe that by standing out, yellow has a mood-lifting effect. The ability of yellow to stand out from other colors helps to connect the color yellow with positive memories.
Some positive effects of yellow color include:
- Increased metabolic rate
- Increased energy levels
- Heightened awareness
- Increased mental activity
- Yellow helps unclog our thinking processes
So if you need to study vigorously, find an answer to a tricky problem or you just need to understand something, try to put some bright yellow object or light near you to see if that helps you out.
Businesses that use a yellow color to make you more energetic
Yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect, and it resonates with the left, logical side of the brain. You may have felt more creative and come up with new ideas and new ways of doing things when you’re surrounded by yellow colors.
You may have noticed that marketers have taken this scientific research and applied yellow to link pleasant feelings and positive memories to products and businesses. Walmart, McDonald’s, Ikea, and Lay’s are some of the companies that use yellow in their logos.
How to apply yellow colors to your home
If you’re planning on decorating with yellow one thing to remember is that yellow tends to reflect more light and can irritate your eyes. And if you apply too much yellow color, it can be upsetting and should be used sparingly.
Yellow pairs best with very dark woods or light woods. Deviate away from yellow if you’re working with mid-tone woods that already have warm undertones since yellow walls or decor will lead out the yellow in a mid-tone wood. And then you’ll end up with a floor to ceiling yellow space.
You can use yellow light to grab attention in a comforting and energetic way when designing. By using a smart bulb you can choose from many different yellow colors and pick one that suits your style of decorating. If you choose a bulb with a narrow beam angle you can avoid getting too much yellow color in your design.