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Quiz: How does color affect you?
by Staff
When it comes to painting your home, there's more to picking a color than meets the eye. Your choices are often based on deep-seated psychological reactions. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the effects of color on your mind!

What color is typically the most soothing?

  • red
  • green
  • blue

How might you expect people to react if they spend time in a room with red walls?

  • They may concentrate better.
  • They may become more energetic or aggressive.
  • There will be no difference in their behavior; it's just a color, after all.

What color might be best suited for a room that gets a lot of natural light?

  • yellow
  • dark blue
  • white

What's the best color or paint scheme to use to make a room look larger?

  • white
  • a light hue with a darker accent wall
  • beige

What are complementary colors?

  • colors located next to each other on the color wheel
  • colors that are opposite of each other on a color wheel
  • colors that psychology research has shown will elicit the most praise from viewers

Which is the best use of a contrasting color in a room?

  • Never use contrasting colors in room design; they're too jarring.
  • Use the contrasting color on every other decor item to create a rhythm.
  • Design the room to showcase one or two items painted in the contrasting color.

Why do paint stores sell sample sizes of paint colors?

  • They use them to unload excess paint.
  • Sample sizes are perfect for small jobs.
  • Samples allow you to see how the paint looks in your home's natural and artificial light.

What's a good shade of gray to use in a traditional home with conservative furnishings?

  • light gray
  • dark gray
  • shiny, silvery gray

What shade do color specialists advise you make your computer desktop if you want to be productive?

  • green
  • orange
  • white

What's a good color to wear to the gym?

  • black
  • orange
  • yellow

What color should a woman wear on a date?

  • black
  • chartreuse
  • red

What color should a man wear on a date?

  • red
  • blue
  • white

What color is the visiting-team locker room at the University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium?

  • baby blue
  • teal
  • pink

What's a good color to paint your office?

  • beige
  • yellow
  • blue

What's another good office color?

  • green
  • off-white
  • mauve

Which color is most associated with aggressiveness?

  • fuchsia
  • black
  • red

In some countries, white is associated with purity and innocence. What does it symbolize in some African and Asian countries?

  • mourning
  • promiscuity
  • rage

Chromotherapy is the ancient practice of using colors to heal. Which part of the body was orange thought to help?

  • reproductive system
  • stomach
  • lungs

In a study involving different-colored placebo pills, which color pills did participants claim worked better?

  • cool colors
  • warm colors
  • desaturated colors

What color streetlights are thought to reduce crime in some areas?

  • blue
  • yellow
  • orange

One study found that being shown this color before an exam caused poor performance.

  • black
  • red
  • magenta

Why is purple usually associated with wealth and royalty?

  • Versailles had only purple flowers.
  • It was Caesar's favorite color.
  • Purple dye used to be expensive.

What color is the most fatiguing to the eye?

  • black
  • purple
  • yellow

What is NOT a good color to paint your baby's room?

  • blue
  • yellow
  • pink

There is a color called "drunk-tank _____" that is used to calm prison inmates.

  • pink
  • green
  • brown

What shade do color experts say you should NEVER wear to work?

  • brown
  • gray
  • black

Some weight-loss programs recommend eating from this color plate.

  • black
  • brown
  • blue

In the 2004 Summer Olympics, the wrestling competitors were randomly given red or blue uniforms. Which color's competitors won 55 percent of their matches?

  • red
  • blue

A study by color expert Joe Hallock found that this color was the favorite of both men and women.

  • blue
  • red
  • purple

Which two colors showed up as the least favorite colors in the study?

  • brown and orange
  • black and yellow
  • green and purple