Gray Walls Kill Sex & More Color Theories

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It's fun to talk about color and, in particular, how different shades shape how we think, feel and behave. Whether it's due to biology or conditioning, there are lots of thoughts about what colors to use in order to elicit desired mood and actions. Here are some of my favorite stories, and the theories behind them:

  • Grey bedrooms are major mood killers, dampening the prospect of sex. If you want to get it on with your honey, paint your love nest purple instead. One survey showed that people in purple bedrooms had sex an average of 3.49 times per week, followed next by red, sky blue, and pink. Gray came in last at 1.8 times per week.

  • "Drunk Tank Pink" is a much discussed antidote to male strength, which is why some police stations paint their holding cells a bubblegum-like color. It's also why the University of Iowa chose to paint their visiting teams' locker room the same shade.

  • When Glasgow installed blue street lights in certain parts of the city, crime and suicide went down in in those areas. While they aren't exactly sure why, it might have something to do with the calming effect of the color.
Have you noticed that certain colors affect you in different ways?

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When Dabney's not writing around here, she's digging through other people's attics for fun and interesting stuff, or running around with her bloodhound Friday. Originally from the East Coast, she's still shocked to find herself living in Missouri.