Come to Your Senses
The sense of sight is especially powerful—and colors that mimic nature can be used to energize, calm and help us feel in control, says Sally Augustin, Ph.D., an environmental psychologist and author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley).
The most universally favored color is blue, “probably because blue sky and water were such welcome sights to primitive humans living in the savannah,” says Augustin. Along with blue, green has a calming effect. “Green is one of the most healing colors because it refers to the heart chakra,” says Di Stanisloa. “Visualizing green in your upper-chest area will allow you to feel more connected to all living things.” On the other hand, such warm colors as orange and red increase heart rate, and, in turn, raise energy levels. And according to recent research, wearing the color red even makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
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