View Full Version : The effect of colors on moods/gender

11-18-2001, 04:35 PM
Hi gang. I received the following message from a young student by the name of Victoria, who is doing some research into colors and the effects on people's moods. Let's all give her a hand and help her get an "A"! :D

I've sent her the link to this thread, so she can check in and see what a community of practicing artists has to say on the subject.

Post your comments here, and remember to vote in the poll!

Dear Mr. Scott,

I am an 8th graders at St. Leo's the Great School. I am doing a project on colors and how they effect people's moods. I am going to test 50 guys and 50 girls. Do you think men are effected more then women? Please write back and tell me what you think and if you are willing to be my contact source and try to answer and questions I may have. Thank you very much for your time!




11-18-2001, 05:06 PM
I don't know what to tell you, I haven't given this much thought but this is a very intresting site.
color matters (http://http://www.colormatters.com/khouw.html)

11-18-2001, 05:09 PM
That link didn't work for me MissMouse - but here is a link to the main site:


Interesting article on Color and the Brain! The info there looks pretty helpful - Victoria, you should find lots of good information there.


11-18-2001, 05:16 PM
Thank you Scott I was just going to fix it........

11-18-2001, 05:34 PM
I think the link that MissMouse is after is to this article:
The Meaning of Color for Gender (http://www.colormatters.com/khouw.html)

I think it is saying that men and women respond differently to different colours.

11-18-2001, 05:34 PM
Hi Victoria
I have two common rooms in my house. In one the walls are an off white and the furniture, (which is quite comfortable) is a cool blue.
The other room has warm yellow walls with warm green/blue furniture.
Even though the first room is larger and there is more furniture people (males and females) prefer the second room and will even sit on the floor.
It really does feel warmer and more inviting.
Good luck on your project :)

11-18-2001, 05:57 PM
Most definately.
My mood is OFTEN affected by the environment I am in.
I HATE blue, it makes me feel cold and miserable, and I brighten up seeing nice bright warm colours.
I think women are more moody - full stop, its nothing to do with colours with them

;) ;)

11-18-2001, 08:58 PM
I think that color affects men and women to the same extent, however, I do not believe it affects them in the same exact ways. I find subtle warms to be comfortable, intense bright warms build tension, while subtle cools can calm, and intense bright cools can be invigorating.

11-19-2001, 05:15 AM
This is getting interesting. Something about what Joe said: when I was a teenager I wanted to paint my entire room black. Parents (thankfully) didn't let me so I did it blue instead. We always hear of blue colors being soothing, yet it gave a cold, unsettling, uneasy feeling. Kindof like living in a damp cave or something. QUite the opposite of an open sky feeling. The darkness also made the romm seem much smaller. I feel the same way about green.

Blue (and green) itself are nice colors, but I don't like them in interior decor. I much prefer more subtle neutral or warm colors for that.

11-19-2001, 09:57 PM
My children both have blue rooms, but they both have warm coloured murals on the walls as well. I think that colour affects people equally, but women may be more aware of what they like and dislike.