Color - the key to our mood

The Effect of Colors

Colors have an impact that by far exceeds purely aesthetic concerns. “The truth is,” states British color psychologist Angela Wright, “that color affects us physiologically as well as emotionally.” Since colors stimulate our nervous system, they are able to influence mood and provoke certain reactions. As a consequence, the use of color can be exploited to make an environment seem less intimidating and, certain situations or procedures become less anxiety-provoking. Less anxiety and a more positive mood may translate into a better physical state, fostering the body’s own healing process.

Stimulating Emotional Reactions

Each color stimulates us in a different way. Depending on their intensity and their color temperature, colors can induce specific feelings. Red, for example, has a very energetic effect while green can be used to evoke a sense of balance. Use the mouse to explore the following color circle and discover the various moods that individual colors can evoke.

  • Red symbolizes activity and passion; it can also stimulate appetite.
  • Pink is the color of feminity and has a physically soothing effect.
  • Orange is a strong stimulus – it is very sensual, but also contributes to activity.
  • Peach – a mixture between orange and pink – contains the positive psychological effects of both colors (activating and soothing) without being as female as pink.
  • Green is the most reassuring color and can create a feeling of stability – however only when used in soft tones.
  • Turquoise is the color of inspiration: containing both green and blue, it is a hue that most people respond positively to.
  • Blue has a mentally calming effect and serves perfectly to sooth anxiety – especially when warmer tones of blue are used.
  • Purple can provoke a feeling of spirituality, but may be perceived very differently – positively or negatively – by different people.


Colors in the Radiology Suite

In the radiology suite, colors can be used to positively influence patient mood and promote relaxation. Colors can drape the clinical environment and the modalities in a friendly, soothing light, easing fears and making the examination procedure less intimidating. The effect of color can be extremely helpful when dealing with patients who are anxious or claustrophobic., Since a calmer patient moves less, the risk of possible motion artifacts will be reduced, therefore the color of light contributes to a higher imaging quality.

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