Let Colours Paint Your Mood

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The colours that you see around you are not merely distinct layers separating one object from the other. The colours have a deeper impact on you than what meets the eye. In fact, each colour has a very specific role to play and impacts you only in a particular way. If you were to know the varied roles of colours, you could be more judicious while choosing the colour for your different environments, like one for your bedroom, another for living room, a specific one for your kitchen, a distinct one for library and so on. But one thing that is to be known about the secret of colours is that, white is the colour for all seasons. Like it suits the dresses for all seasons and events, so does the colour, for all environment. You could just pain your house all white and rest assured that all its requirements will be fulfilled but if you want to add a little colour to your desires, then this list is for you as we bring you the colour for each of your moods. And it is also important to note that our preference of one colour over the other is because the feeling it generates in us, it is thus that our favourite colour can say so much about the kind of person we are, our preferences etc.


White- It is the colour of reflection and total reflection on top of that, which reflects the full spectrum into your eyes. This symbol of purity is sterile, a messenger of uncompromising glory and pride. It is known to heighten your perception of space and hence adds to your comfort. However, one shortcoming on its part is that in comparison it can make the other colours look gaudy and brassy. But I think with so much goodness in one colour, this last smidgen of its shortcoming can be overlooked. The essence of white is in the fact that a lighter colour contains lower level of VOC as these shades of colour do not require much tinting. When a company is promoting their paint as a low-VOC product, they are usually referring to their lighter shades of colour, especially the untinted white.

Black- Like white is total reflection, black is total absorption. In fact, black can be understood as a protective barrier that takes to absorbing all the energy coming towards you, and has an effect similar to the absence of light, enshrouding your image. As the colour does not reflect any wavelength, it has gradually become a colour to fear or distance yourself from…signifying isolation. However, do not take for granted the uncompromising stance of the colour as it is a mark of sophistication, attitude and excellence, especially when teamed with white, it is the groundwork for breathtaking opulence.


Grey- Now, this can be a very depressing colour as the pure grey, signifying the absence of any colour can be really suppressive, I will be very honest about that. But again, even this hallmark of depression when teamed with white, will again give the effect of sophistication redefined, much like black.

Red- Okay, so here is the colour with the longest wavelength and is a symbol of power, valour, ambition, strength, anger, aggression and everything ‘soldier’. Strangely, this is also the colour of love, bridal attire in India, signifying marital bliss and conjugal happiness. Red, of all the colours, is the first to grab our attention with an effect of appearing to be nearer than it is and is used to denote priority in the hierarchy of things, emergency, importance etc.


Pink- Pink is a counterpart of red but instead of stimulating us or increasing our pulse rate like its counterpart, pink has a soothing effect on our mind and body. It is the symbol femininity and is a fertile colour endowed with the essence of compassion, love, trust, friendship and the very principle of survival of our species. It is the colour of nursing and caring and is therefore a very powerful colour.

Yellow- Can you call it the strongest colour, emotionally? Well, you might just very well do that because it has a relatively longer wavelength and is quite stimulating as against the other colours. However, the stimulus here is not so physical, but more psychological as it stimulates your emotion. The bright shade of this colour is lively and potent enough to cheer you up, infusing a sense of self confidence in you and you would just want to have fun. So, this colour is made for your games room.


Orange- This colour is the product of the fusion of red and yellow. As a child born to two very stimulating colours, orange itself is quite stimulating being a powerful combo of the emotional and physical force. This too however is a fun colour and does not vie for competition like red but much like yellow, it is a symbol of shelter, comfort, happy get together and such similar things.

Green- This extremely striking colour can be quite alarming. From the very definition of it, it may sound like a colour for emergency or something denoting tremendous urgency. But far from being that, this colour is actually a mark of safety, rest, trust, faith, peace, balance, brotherhood, harmony and oh, the good adjectives are never ending. Being the symbol of evergreen, it denotes comfort and is a soothing companion of your inner soul. On a very physical level, it denotes the presence of water.


Blue- Should I say cleanliness? Well, more like perfection, yes. This champion of favourite colours, is the symbol of tabula rasa or the clean slate and signifies fresh beginning. It is the symbol of safety like no other colour can make you feel and obviously, trust, belief, faith etc. It has a calming effect on you just when you look at it and can help you concentrate, refraining violence, impatience or chaos to enter the temple of your thoughts. Hence, while choosing the colour for the room of your little ones, look no further than light blue.

However, when you are choosing the colours, it is not the shades alone that you have to consider. There are a few very important things that you have to consider when it comes to VOC or volatile organic compounds. The paints which are lower in VOCs are generally healthier and safer. The paints with even zero-VOC emit a certain amount of fume but the paint will have less odour compared to other general paints. The VOC level better be checked with the manufacturer. There are certain paints which carry the “green label” but usually have more than 50g/L of VOC after tinting while they may already be certified low-VOC by certain independent organisations like EcoLogo. Some people go for oil-based alkyd paint rather than water-based latex paint but the former is known to contain more VOC than the others many a times. However, there are brands with lowest VOCs and they are Benjamin Moore’s Advance as they use VOC-free colourants for their paints. Even most stains reportedly contain high level of VOC. Aiming for a flatter sheen is one way of ensuring lower VOC levels. As mentioned above, lighter shades of colour guarantee less VOC. Using milk-paint helps, whereas using synthetic-free milk paint almost ensures zero-VOC after tinting. But what is most amazing about it all is that low or zero VOC paints last as long as the other traditional kinds of paints. Lastly, be aware that some products marked low or zero level VOC are actually referring to the level of VOC in the paint’s white base before tinting, which makes it imperative to contact the manufacturer regarding your doubts with the labelled information. Though black is not an option if you want to choose green living, it has been mentioned to highlight its properties and it is recommended that only the lighter shades of the other colours be used.