The right color of yellow can help with this. It can be uplifting, offering hope, fun and cheerfulness. It also creates enthusiasm for life and can generate optimism and confidence.
Yellow is the color of the mind and intellect. It resonates with the left, logical side of the brain, stimulating mental abilities and creating mental perception and agility. It inspires original thought and inquisitiveness. Although it helps to inspire new ideas and new ways of doing things, it is from the practical side rather than the dreaming, right side of the brain. It helps with making decisions as related to clarity of thought and ideas. It can help us focus and recall information as well (think about legal yellow paper pads).
On the downside, yellow can create anxiety and agitation because it is a fast moving color. It can also make someone more mentally analytical and critical. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, and it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow, like red, has a negative affect on some people, making it easier to lose your temper and cause upset in babies.
It enhances concentration and speeds metabolism, making it a good color for kitchen and dining areas, as well as offices.
Yellow accents are easier to add into a room than picking the perfect yellow paint. If you do want to paint a room with the color, my recommendation is to stay with a yellow that is closer to a soft butter color rather than an intensely bright sun yellow.
Lisa Poundstone, PhD is a scientist, interior designer and spiritual visionary. She has united her knowledge, skills and passions of science, interior design, color theory, space planning, feng shui and spirituality to create Sacred Soul Space Design.