Many people add colorful art to their homes or work space simply to show off their sense of style or to add a little extra color to a room.  Adding color to a room is usually done without much thought on exactly what benefits arise from individual colors.  But science has show that certain colors have health or psychological benefits or just simply make life easier for others.  The following are five scientific reasons to add color to your living space.

Fighting Insomnia

Certain colors will increase or decrease melatonin, which is an important chemical to help people fall asleep.  It is possible to fill specific rooms with specific colors that effectively encourage the body to sleep.  This is particularly important for anyone that suffers from insomnia.  The best way to fight insomnia is to put plenty of red hues in a living room used for evening activities.  Then use dark colors like black or dark blue in the bedroom.  On the other side of the equation, rooms used for daytime activities should be filled with yellow, which will help keep the insomniac more awake during the day.

Health Benefits of Light Spectrums

Every color is part of the light spectrum.  Some colors of the spectrum have actual medical benefits according to color therapy.  For example, the long wave lengths of the color red, and to a lesser degree the color orange, can help assuage migraines.  If anyone in a household has migraines, these colors are particularly helpful when placed in every room of a house.  Similarly, the color yellow helps diffuse blue light.  This significantly curtails night blindness in individuals that suffer from this.  Put plenty of yellow in any house that has someone with failing eyesight.

Colors and Plants

Plants absorb energy from light to grow.  But when it comes to plant growth, not all colors are created equally.  Colors with short wavelengths provide more energy to plants than colors with long wavelengths.  This means purple light is best for plants.  In a room with many plants, purple objects will reflect purple light, increasing the speed those plants grow.  Conversely, if the goal is to keep plant growth in check, surrounding plants with red will slow that growth.

Baker-Miller Pink

The Ph.D Alexander G. Schauss did an experiment in 1979 to identify the effects of a specific shade of pink on mood and behavior.  His research concluded that this common shade of pink had two particularly strong effects.  First, it acted as an appetite suppressant.  Second, he discovered that the color greatly reduced pulse, heart rate, and respiration after intense physical activities.  Taking these facts into account, pink is a great color for putting in any room where one might relax after physical exercise or in a dining room and kitchen when a family member is trying to maintain weight.

Red vs Blue

As reported by the NY Times, researchers at the University of British Columbia did a massive study on the effects of red vs. blue. The results were actually quite unexpected. It was discovered that the color red is strongly associated with increased productivity and a greater attention to detail. This suggests that the color red should be liberally placed around a home office, especially one where homework is done. On the other hand, the color blue is associated with increased creativity and inventiveness. This makes blue a particularly good color to put in the room of young children who are just beginning to stretch their creativity.

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