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Some of the most fascinating research ever done offers insight about how colors affect our perceptions and behaviors. Because the world is a very colorful place, understanding more of our surroundings lets us be aware of why we may be acting the way we are. Of course, this understanding can also be used to help us avoid stress and encourage positive outcomes. Flowers are an easy way to incorporate colors into your life. Unlike painting walls or purchasing new furniture, floral arrangements don’t require a big commitment and can be changed often to suit your needs. So what colors do you need a little more of? Check out the color guide below to find out more about how each color affects you.
Red is the color of passion and often evokes powerful feelings. As most people know, red roses are symbolic of love, making them a popular romantic gift for Valentine’s Day or anniversaries. Try placing a crimson bouquet in the bedroom and see how it spices up your love life or surprise your partner with a collection of scarlet blossoms to communicate your love. Research has also found that the color red can stimulate the appetite. Have kids that are picky eaters? Use a cherry colored centerpiece to cox them to eat.
Yellow is often seen as a cheery, happy color. It can also warm up a room, so choose goldenrod bouquets for entry ways to help guests feel welcome. Sunshine hued blooms may also help cheer up a friend of loved one who has had a hard day or who is grieving. Beware, though, congratulating new parents with canary arrangements: research shows that too much yellow can cause babies to cry more.
Blue is the color of calm and peace. Azure tones remind people of flowing water and can reduce stress. Because blue is non-intrusive, it can also enhance productivity. Place an indigo toned arrangement on your desk at work so you can stay focused and cool under pressure when you are working on a big project or have a deadline coming up. Blue also decreases appetite, so use a cobalt centerpiece on your dining or kitchen table if you’ve been trying to lose weight.
Green is the color most associated with nature and health and can also enhance tranquility, making grassy tones ideal for get-well bouquets. When visiting a friend or family member in the hospital, take a few sage blossoms with you to help speed up recovery time. Muted olives and pines can also turn your bedroom into a sanctuary by helping you feel more at peace and by encouraging good health.
This bright color evokes excitement and warmth. Tangerine blossoms are a great party accent, but be careful about going overboard. Too much orange can lead people to be overly cautious because the hue is often associated with warnings or caution signs. Just take orange construction cones or barrels, for example. They’re hard to miss, but after so many, anxiety can start to set in. A few coral accents here and there will catch eyes without being overwhelming.
Associated with wealth, power, and wisdom, purple is the traditional color of royalty. Dramatic bouquets with eggplants and violets can be majestic and help you make a good impression when grandstanding is called for. Need to sway potential clients? Put a plum colored arrangement on the table. Just remember that lighter purples, such as lavender, speak of relaxation more than authority.
Knowing how the colors in your floral arrangement may affect your behavior and that of others gives you some powerful tools to subtly influence the outcome of many occasions. Use red to express love and passion. Take advantage of yellow to brighten a room. Keep blue blooms around to quietly enhance productivity. Promote better health with green bouquets. Amp up excitement with orange blossoms, and impress with purple arrangements. Whatever mood you’re looking for, the right colored flowers can help you achieve it.
Disclosure: Article courtesy of Pro Flowers