Our eyes can distinguish hundreds of hues and thanks to a century of research, scientists know just how big of an impact these colors can have on our perceptions and emotions.
Color can also help. Here’s our guide to what science says about the hues that can catch the eye of your spouse, set the mood and make for a happy home life.
The Red Effect
Chris de Burgh had it right when he penned the lyrics to the famous song Lady in Red. Studies have found that men are more attracted to women dressed in red tones than any other color. It turns out, however, this is because they think the women have more “sexual intent,” which may not be a bad thing if you’re looking to revamp your bedroom behavior. The same goes for women, who found that guys wearing red were more attractive and sexually desirable.
Set the Mood
If you’re looking for a date location that will spark romance, try finding a place cloaked in crimson tones. A 2010 study led by scientists at the University of Rochester showed that women are more attracted to men when they are against red backgrounds. You may want to avoid spots decked out in orange. There’s a reason fast food restaurants use the color in their décor—marketers use it to stimulate customers to eat quickly and get going. It is also associated with being disturbed, distressed and upset.
Paint Your Bedroom
Shades of blue are perceived as pleasant hues that elicit calm, creativity, tenderness and security. Yellows, greens and blues are also considered the most “arousing” colors. Try incorporating the three colors in wall paint and décor to induce those feelings when you enter your bedroom.
Turns out that seeing brighter and more saturated colors elicits pleasure, particularly among women. Research has also shown that the brightness of someone’s clothes is more important than their facial expressions in how they are perceived, with darker hues associated with aggressiveness.
Keeping Work at Work
Couples that bring home work stress have been shown to be less satisfied with their marriages. In order to boost your productivity while in the office, considering incorporating soothing blues, which stimulate collaboration. Hints of red and orange can provide a pop of energy, but don’t go overboard; too many bright colors can be overwhelming. Stay away from grey and neutral since they have been shown to make women depressed in the workplace.
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