Personalities and perceptions of others’ personalities are structured in people’s minds by psychological archetypes believed to be biological remnants of ancient ancestors. The ways that specific experiences blend with these archetypes creates social personas and intimate, private personalities. Colors can match these personalities and reflect them to the world.
One response to understanding how colors can represent personalities might be to paint your apartment’s walls in your favorite colors. On the other hand, not every first apartment renter will want to paint their walls because, well, it’s a lot of work. With or without paint, here’s how you can use color psychology to base your home decor on your personality type.
Color and the mind
The study of hue as an emotional, behavioral determinant with subtle effects on perception is called color psychology. Colors toward the blue end of the color spectrum are seen as “cool,” while those with more red balance as “warm.” Introverted people are known to favor cool colors, while extroverted ones gravitate more toward warm color choices.
Lighting plays a crucial part in how color feels in a room. If you have windows, choose drapes that will color the light in the room to your liking. If you have no windows, try LED lighting in any color you like to spice up your space.
Color evokes physiological changes alongside conscious and subconscious emotional shifts. Think of what color scheme related to your inner world gives you peace, then try to bring it out into your personal space.
The primary colors
Red is associated with energy, strength, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. It can enhance your metabolism, increase your respiration rate, and increase your blood pressure. The color red also attracts attention more than any other color, sometimes signifying danger. That said, a deep, dark red hue in a space can make it feel like a comfy room with some edge.
Blue is the sister primary color to red. It is associated with uniqueness and authenticity. Those who choose blues as their favorite are often enthusiastic, sympathetic, personal, and seeking meaning or significance in life. Idealistic, spiritual, and sincere, they typically value unity and integrity in their dynamic interpersonal relationships. Bird’s egg blue walls might be the perfect choice for you if you’re among these natural romantics and nurturers.
The color green can help you tap into your relationship with nature and the earth. It symbolizes growth, harmony, vitality, and fertility. Green is considered therapeutically beneficial and can slow down your metabolism, producing a calming effect.
White walls can be tranquil and relaxing. White is a creative absence of color, inviting reflection and openness. It can be perfect for those dealing with anxiety who want to declutter their minds and spaces. White represents purity, order, and the offering of comfort and hope.
Colors and textures
Texturized and mixed-color fabrics can provide the accent your room needs. Choose something reflective of your inner self that also meshes with your thematic color scheme and breathes life into your space.
How do you use color in your apartment? Sound off in the comments!