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Colors and your Mood. How do They Relate?

by Dean Gemmell

Posted on August 06, 2017 07:00:00 AM

If you’re struggling with a decision on color for your new countertops, there’s a good reason. Color influences everyone and research indicates it can impact our moods and our behavior.


Considering the amount of space given over to the kitchen, bathroom or outdoor grilling station countertops, it’s easy to see how the color you choose may set the tone for the entire space. It’s not all good news either — certain colors are associated with increased blood pressure, eyestrain, and increased metabolism. (Wait, a boost to the metabolism? That may not be bad news at all.)


Whatever the case, color psychology is a burgeoning field of study, and scientists are taking a closer look at it. At its most basic level, studies divide the color spectrum into Warm colors — red, orange, yellow — and Cool colors — blue, purple, green.


Colors in the Warm category are thought to spark emotions, whether they are positive feelings like comfort and security or negative ones such as anger and hostility. Colors in the Cool category are believed by some to be calming, but also with the potential to create feelings of indifference or sorrow.


Tan Brown Granite Countertop


Hmm. Now, surely nobody wants to introduce anger and hostility into their home, or indifference and sorrow, for that matter. And none of this covers black or white, two of the most popular choices when it comes to bathroom or kitchen countertops. Black, of course, has long been associated with less-than-ideal things, but it also has power and an undeniably sexy edge. White, in contrast, is thought to represent purity or innocence, and while some people find too much can be stark or cold, many feel like it has a bright, positive energy.


Okay, so what to do with all this information? First, you should understand that many psychologists remain skeptical of any lasting impact when it comes to color and the human mind. Numerous studies have found that a specific color may evoke certain feelings initially, positive or negative, but those emotions dissipate quickly.


With conflicting information, it makes sense to choose countertops based on how the color affects one person: you. If bright, white spaces make you feel creative and energized, a marble countertop island could be exactly what your kitchen needs while keeping in mind that marble is more ideal for lower traffic area due to it’s higher maintenance and porosity levels. If black is a color you like to both wear and surrounds yourself with, you may want to consider something like Atlantic Black granite countertops


Atlantic Black Granite


Of course, while most choices for countertops will have one dominant color, most feature a spectrum. For example, if you want to a countertop of Quartzite, Fantasy Brown quartzite is a swirling mixture of white, brown and grey veins with black spots. If you love the properties of granite, Tan Brown granite has beige speckling but often features notes of red and blue as well. Butterfly Green granite, a stone sourced from Brazil, has a fairly uniform forest green color but white and amber is typically found within it.


Whatever you choose when it comes to color, remember that natural stones like granite and marble will have variations from one slab to another. Engineered materials like quartz, however, are made to specific color specifications. The bottom line is that when you choose to work with a supplier with a vast inventory, your color options are virtually limitless.


Fantasy Brown Quartzite Kitchen Countertops


Your countertop choice, whether it’s for a kitchen, a bathroom, an outdoor area, or anywhere else in your home, is a personal one. Think about how you’ll be using the space — that will help guide you to a specific material. Then, when it comes to color, think about how different hues make you feel. Trust your instincts, and choose a countertop color that sparks good feelings whenever you walk into the room.