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Color Can Enhance Your Mood

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* Colors symbolize certain emotions culturally
* Colors can reflect our personality and impact our mood
* Make use of color psychology in your own home

Why not use the power of color to add your own personality to your home and improve your mood

6 Home Decor Colors to Enhance Your Mood

Red

Red’s wavelength can trigger the adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline, which may explain why the color is commonly associated with passion, romance and vitality. Scarlet reds can have a stimulating effect on the senses and the appetite, making it a nice addition to dining areas. Red is also great addition to bedrooms, powder rooms, or as an accent color to liven up a neutral space.

Blue

Blue is one of the most well-liked colors, associated with tranquility, balance and security. Many office spaces often use blue in interior design because it’s thought to encourage greater productivity. It’s also one of the least appetizing of colors, which is why some diet plans suggest eating off of blue plates to aid portion control. Pale blues are great in the bedroom to promote relaxation and restful sleep.

Purple

Associated with wisdom, royalty, and intellect, purple is linked with increased creativity and contemplation. It possesses the strongest electromagnetic wavelength, so it’s often used in optical illusions. Historically, purple was once the most expensive color to make, perhaps explaining why it’s commonly associated with luxury, wealth, royalty and the like. Deeper shades of purple like wine and eggplant will add a rich texture to your space, while lilac and lavender will add a whimsical touch.

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Orange

A popular hue of the popular Mid Century Modern style, orange conjures feelings of heightened awareness, energy and excitement. It’s a great color choice for areas where social engagement takes place, as it’s linked with promoting conversation. Gyms also embrace orange as a motivational tool, because the warm tone helps spike alertness and is thought to increase energy levels.

Green

Green is considered to be one of the most relaxing colors to the eye because of its connection to nature and the environment. Like blue, it’s a low-wavelength color, so it may promote relaxation, calmness and safety. In fact, the U.S. Intelligence Department used green to signify a low threat level for terrorist attacks. Culturally, green is associated with money and financial security, which adds to its calming effect to the senses. Because green is a mix of yellow and blue, however, it’s associated with balance and stability. Hence, while it can be soothing, it can also promote greater concentration and focus.

Pink

In the past, pink was associated with femininity and childhood, but thanks to the millennial pink trend, this calming color has proved that it’s all grown up. Kendall Jenner reportedly painted her bathroom pink, citing it’s appetite-suppressing effects, but research has pointed to its possible ability to reduce aggressive behavior. Some prisons and correctional facilities have even painted the cells baker-miller pink to harness the color’s relaxing effect. If you’re intimidated by a vibrant bubble gum hue, try a more refined dusty rose or an on-trend blush.

 

Color Psychology

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What is Color Psychology?

Colors are all around us and they affect us in many ways. They can trigger certain emotions and moods. Research explains how colors can affect your customer or visitor behavior towards a brand. In simple terms, we can influence the way people respond to our design.

Let’s look at some popular colors and the impact they tend to create:

1: Blue

Skype uses saturated blue and green to evoke a sense of trust, calmness and energy

Inspires: Trust, Responsibility, Security and Friendliness.
Used By: Facebook, PayPal, Skype, Ford

2: Green

Inspires: Nature, Money, Balance, Energy, and Health.
Used By: Starbucks, Animal Planet, John Deere

3: Orange

Inspires: Joy, Excitement, Aggression and Action.
Used by: Fanta, Nickelodeon, Soundcloud

4: Brown

Inspires: Comfort, Organic, Friendliness, and Dependable.
Used By: Hershey’s, Organickidz, UPS

5: Black

Inspires: Power, Class, Elegance, Grief and Prestige.
Used by: Johnnie Walker, Chanel, Nike

6: Pink

Inspires: Femininity, Love, Gentleness and Romance.
Used by: Victoria’s secret, Barbie, SUPRÉ

7: Purple

Inspires: Creativity, Dignity, Authority and Wisdom.
Used By: Yahoo, Hallmark, Cadbury

8: Red

Inspires: Passion, Anger, Danger, Energy and Attention.
Used by: CocaCola, Canon, Levi’s, Virgin

Now we can get a sense for how the emotions we evoke using colors could help to increase the conversion rate of our design.

Blueseed

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MDC is just re-informing on Blueseed. Our original post was written back in 2011, and just recently CNBC jumped on the new startup. A little late, but we are here to inform and educate.

A genius startup called Blueseed recently announced that Paypal founder Peter Thiel has offered to help secure financing for a visa-free floating city off the California coast. This environmentally-sensible “Googleplex of the Sea” will provide living and office space for exceptional entrepreneurs and techies who are unable to work legally in the United States because of archaic immigration policies. Who can apply? Basically anyone who has a passport and wishes to add to a “culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and fruitful collaboration”.

Blueseed’s venture aims to incubate ideas generated by foreign nationals who otherwise face mountains of legal battles to get a foot in Silicon Valley, and they aim to do it in style. The vessel will be parked approximately 12 nautical miles off the California coast in the contiguous zone and will be overseen by all the relevant border control authorities as necessary. Rooms will accommodate 1-4 people, and residents will have unlimited access to internet and gym services, food and medical facilities, and various kinds of entertainment.

And here’s the best part. The startup has committed to finding sustainable solutions for waste disposal and water management, and is searching for clean tech companies interested in floating alternative energy generation projects so that this city will not have an undue impact on the marine ecosystem in which it will be parked.

At most, interested tenants will need to secure a B1 business or B2 tourist visa, but other than that, they will be free to work and play as though they were on home ground. Rent will start at $1,200 a month, which in San Francisco is pretty much a steal!

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