Green Color Theory

How to use Color Psychology to Create an Emotionally Healthy Home

Anna Sotnik

“Good design means choosing the right colors to go with your existing furnishing, and not buying everything new and throwing out all your applies possession.”

Green it’s a wood element that encourages a new beginning, development of self-expansion and growth. This color will make you feel alive on days when you would rather stay in bed.
We have all seen a tree or a soft plant that pushes its way through hard rocks with its roots. These are the examples of the life forces that wood element represent. It encourages penetration, perseverance, motivation and purpose.

Green is considered an emotionally calming color. It symbolizes universal love, safety and peace. Green brings a sense of hope, health and renewal, as well as self-control, compassion, balance and harmony.

Psychological studies suggest that green color strongly increase memory for positive words and actions.

Researchers have also found that green can improve reading ability. 

Because green has the power to help people adjust to new environments, skillful designers use lots of plants and other forms of green in hotel lobbies, offices, and restaurants.

Green used to be the colour of medicine since 1900s. Harry Sherman, an American surgeon, found traditional whites too bright. Using colour theory, he developed a “spinach green” environment, as the colour complement to hemoglobin red and created an entirely green operating theatre, complete with green walls, floors, sheets and towels. He discovered that his eyes could rest on the details and texture of the wound without competing with “extraneous light.”

Around the same time, green also entered hospital culture through Color Therapy. William Ludlow, an architect advocating color in hospitals, stated: “White is negative; the convalescent needs the therapeutic reaction of the positive colors that nature has spread so lavishly for her children. 

… Our eyes were made to find rest and contentment in soft greens, pale blues, an occasional touch of red, but above all, the glorious golden yellow of the sunshine.”

People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to calm down. 

“If you ever hit it big – write a best seller, make a name for yourself on TV, give birth to octuplets – you’ll inevitably end up in a green room.” – William Hageman

In proper amounts, green can be used successfully in almost any room. 

In living and dining room green can be on furniture, decorative pillows, rugs, accessories, paintings, lighting, vases, but not on the accent wall. 

If you want to use green color on larger areas, use it for bathrooms and bedrooms, as it has relaxing and calming properties. But not on the floor and wall tiles. Glossy green is unnatural and can create a feeling of discomfort. Green is perfect with soft, mat, natural materials and surfaces.

In fact, green does work anywhere, just by bringing plants into the home you bring in positive life energy and reconnect with nature. 

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