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Sunshine. Daisies. Sweet lemony pie. All cheerful images we usually associate with the warmth of yellow. And yet, studies show that babies cry more often in yellow nurseries and that married couples argue most inside kitchens painted in, you guessed it, the “happiest” color.
As bright and energetic as yellow is, its intensity can also evoke negative emotions that bring out frustration and loss of temper – just ask any parent who’s stepped barefoot on a yellow Lego brick! The truth is, attention-grabbing yellow is not only the most eye catching (that’s why road hazard signs are universally yellow), it’s also most likely to overstimulate short fuses and cause eye fatigue because of the large amount of light it reflects.
That’s no reason to shy away from yellow, which is complex but certainly still has its good traits. After all, yellow is known to be an energy-booster for the five senses, internal organs and blood circulation; stimulates memory, heightens mental sharpness; assists in concentration, memorization, communication; and sparks creativity.
However, the secret to using yellow is knowing how to harness its power. Here are some tips:
Disclaimer: There are no bad colors, only poor design choices. Many of the moods and reactions associated with certain colors are directly linked to past personal experiences and influences. Side effects may include relying too much on favorite or “safe” shades and the inability to try different hues. We firmly believe that every color has uniquely positive traits and, when used as directed by a professional, the potential to inspire and elevate really great living spaces. Ask our design team for details.