Secretlab tops all brands with over 45 chair styles to choose from. This diverse palette provides the perfect means to explore furniture color psychology. This area of study covers both the mental and physical effects of different hues. To demonstrate, we’ve photographed the best Secretlab styles at high-end workstations. Keep reading to grasp gaming chair color psychology while browsing vibrant, colorful styles.
Light is a type of electromagnetic radiation. Color is the only form of this energy visible to the naked eye. Visible wavelengths of light range from around 400 nanometers (nm) at the violet end of the spectrum to 700 nm at the red end.
The three primary colors are red, green, and blue. Mixing these together in varying amounts produces the other colors on the spectrum.
This article uses Secretlab Titan gaming chairs posed at desks to show how different hues trigger unique biomechanical reactions.
How Colors Influence Body And Mind
Light energy directly influences physiology — but its effects are wavelength dependent. Different colors send different inputs to the hypothalamus. (1). That part of the brain controls your appetite, body temperature, and sleeping patterns.
As an example, blue light facilitates alertness. This is because blue light energy activates the melanopsin photoreceptor system. That, in turn, activates brain structures involved in higher-order attentional processing(2).
At night, exposure to blue hues will suppress melatonin, making it hard to sleep. But at a desk, that effect is a perfect way to jazz up the senses and maintain focus.
Pictured is the Secretlab World of Warcraft Alliance chair. Its royal blue base will stimulate your attention levels. Meanwhile, the golden accents recall opulence. That adds an extra touch of motivation to keep grinding to the rewards you deserve.
Chromatic vs Achromatic Colors
Chromatic hues on the color spectrum produce a range of cool to warm effects. As the nanometer count gets higher, the color gets warmer.
Meanwhile, achromatic neutrals are off the color wheel as (technically) non-hues. Black is the absence of light. White is the absence of color. The most common neutrals are back, white, and gray.
Putting these concepts together gives us a 3-part color wheel. Cool hues are on the left, neutrals in the middle, and warm colors on the right.
These are defined as such because colors influence the body (and mind) on a biomechanical level. When light strikes the eyes, it converts into electrical impulses.
Warm colors reflect more light energy, yielding a more vibrant dynamic. Bright reds and yellows (like McDonald’s colors) stimulate appetites while evoking energetic optimism. Meanwhile, cool colors stimulate creativity while fostering calm.
All chromatic colors speed up the heart rate to a degree. In contrast, achromatic (neutral) colors slow the heart rate. As a result, neutral hues give off a more formal and harmonious dynamic(3). That’s a perfect fit in shared corporate spaces.
Chromatic Chair Color Psychology
Most of the light energy action happens on the chromatic scene. In a nutshell, green is the easiest on the eyes. To the left of green are cool, calming, creative blues.
Veering to the right yields warm, energetic yellows and reds. These bring both uplifting and menacing airs that help stimulate focus.
- Green gaming chair: easiest on the eyes for primordial reasons.
- Red gaming chair: so intense that it scares the brain into paying more attention.
- Pink gaming chair: softened red with a positive, calming dynamic.
- Blue gaming chair: produces cool hues that spark creative thinking.
Green: Easiest On The Eyes
Green exists in the middle of the color spectrum at around 550 nm. The human eyes perceive this color almost instantly. In contrast, warm and cool hues require more processing time before recognition. That makes green the easiest on the eyes and also the brain(4).
Notably, green also enhances the perception of blue and red light waves. Some speculate that this quality has primordial roots. In hunter-gatherer days, being able to differentiate between berries and foliage was crucial.
That gave humans an edge over other mammals on the foraging scene. In modern times, green is believed to deliver a calming effect for a few reasons.
First, because of its ancient connection with food sources. Second, on a biomechanical level, the body needs less strain to perceive green. That eases strain on the nervous system. Combined, these aspects deliver the calming effect of nature at its most serene.
Red: Most Visually Intense
Because of its long wavelength, yellow is the most visible color on the spectrum. Red is second: a vivid attention-grabber with both negative (blood, fire), and positive (sex, food) connotations(5).
More energy means more stimulation, including to the appetite. That’s why so many fast-food restaurants are decked out in red and yellow. On a chair, this combo delivers the most energetic design you can get.
Replacing the fun yellow accents with black ones gives a menacing air. For instance, the Titan Warcraft Horde chair has embroidered barbed wire wing accents. These depict the grim rooftops of Orgrimmar, the capital of the brutal Horde clan.
But in fact, the Horde have developed their fierce ways because of outside threats. They are family-oriented folk who like to work hard and play harder.
On a biomechanical level, a red and black gaming chair reflects the Horde’s ways. This study(6) found that blue colors stimulated out-of-the-box thinking on a computer. In comparison, red boosted performance on detail-oriented tasks (like proofreading) by 31%.
Part of the reason is because of the menacing air that red connotes. Think: stop signs, emergency vehicles, and teachers’ red pens.
That explains the appeal of a red chair despite the jarring first impressions. For those doing detail-oriented work like memory recall, a bright red chair will keep you on your toes!
Pink: Soothing & Fun
Color saturation refers to the purity of the light. With more saturation, colors become stronger. In its strongest form, red is a warm color that conveys fiery intensity.
Adding white dampens that intensity. As more white gets added, red becomes less saturated until it turns pink.
Colors with low saturation convey a sense of calm(7). When blended with non-contrasting colors (like white), the calming effect intensifies.
On a psychological level, pink is revered as a calming hue with a nurturing, loving dynamic. It recalls childhood and sillier, more carefree times.
These qualities aren’t sex-specific. For instance, prison cells painted in pink make inmates less aggressive(1).
As a result, in modern times, rather than being considered a ‘girly’ color, its loving tones can soothe the most savage of beasts.
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Blue: Creative & Intellectual
We’ve already covered how blue light energies trigger alertness. As well, compared to red, it produces a calming effect. While red triggers attention-to-detail, blue facilitates creative, out-of-the-box thinking.
Researchers attribute this to associations with the sea and sky(6). These trigger connotations of openness, peace, and tranquility. These benign cues make people feel safer about taking creative risks.
So what happens if you smash blue and red together in one design? The Superman edition chair shows what’s possible. The base color stimulates the creative intellect. But just in case you get too loose, the red accents are there to keep your senses vigilant.
But if you find the rich Superman blue too much, the Frost Blue fabric chair dials the intensity down to almost zero. Light blue threads mixed with white ones yield a very faint bluish hue from a distance.
Neutral Gaming Chair Color Psychology
Black is an absence of light. It absorbs light energies like a vortex. White is pure light that reflects every color of the rainbow. Gray fits in between, giving you the best of both shades — with less intensity.
I’ve tested several neutral-colored Titan chairs in-house. My experiences are fairly consistent with the science behind each neutral hue.
- Black gaming chair: absorbs all colors and reflects none. Formal, with a menacing air.
- White gaming chair: reflects all colors. Produces a sterile, barren feel with a hint of winter.
- Gray gaming chair: popular lockdown decor color for its drab, uninspired look.
Black: Blends In, Absorbs Light
Black is a vortex that absorbs all colors. This has psychological implications. For one thing, by soaking up ambient light energies, it acts as a sort of barrier, enshrouding a chair user.
Since no wavelengths are reflected, black is an absence of light. That also has a menacing effect. One study found that NFL and NHL teams wearing black ranked near the top of their league in penalties(8).
Another found that boxers wearing black or red trunks were perceived as stronger. As a result, they generally performed better on the judging scorecards(9).
In my experience, the vortex effect is the most profound part of using a black chair. I’ve spent almost a year each in a 2020 Stealth and Omega SoftWeave Black. Both slotted seamlessly into my workspace like butter.
The absorbent quality prevents clashes with other colors in your battle station. It also draws attention away from your chair to more colorful things – like your computer screen.
White: Reflects ALL Light
White is the opposite of black. Instead of absorbing light, it reflects all colors of the spectrum. For instance, if you shine green RGB lighting on a Stealth vs Ash Titan chair, the absorption vs reflection is clear:
Beyond reflectivity, white conveys cleanliness, reliability, and integrity. One reason that doctors wear white is so that they are easy to spot in a hospital.
Another is because dirty white clothing is easy to see(10). As a result, a clean white color is also associated with cleanliness and purity.
My time spent in a milky white Titan Ash supports this. Compared to my funky yellow Cyberpunk chair, it yielded a sterile feel at my workstation.
The biggest biomechanical reaction it triggered was a desire to keep my workstation as clean as the chair. Interestingly, adding contrasts to a white chair veers the effect away from sterility.
For example, the black accents and Stark wolf sigil give the House Stark chair a chilly, wintery feel. Even so, white isn’t ideal for everyone.
Too much color stimuli can alter breathing patterns and blood pressure. On the flip side, white produces too little. That can cause anxiousness and a loss of concentration(11).
Although I didn’t notice such extreme effects, a sterile, barren vibe always exists when I use my Ash chair. That’s a bonus when I’m feeling sharp and productive. At other times, it makes me feel like I’m at the dentist.
Gray: Dull & Uninspired
Smashing white and black together gets you gray. This was one of the hottest home decor colors during the 2020-21 lockdown era. During that time, this study(12) found that hot, flashy colors fell out of favor.
In their place, subdued grays, browns, and beiges trended hard on the interior design scene. That makes sense given the color psychology perspective on gray(13). It’s basically a non-committal, conformist color for dullards with no charisma.
Because it lacks emotion, gray doesn’t invigorate, empower, or energize. For example, Secretlab’s Cookies and Cream chair is one of the jazziest gray chairs on the market.
The black bits add absorbent qualities; the white adds reflection. Even so, from a distance, it yields a subdued speckled gray effect like a college sweatshirt.
Faded gray is said to give off a formal, mature, restrained sense of duty or obligation. That’s consistent with my experience using a Cookies and Cream chair.
Gray is indeed a boring color — but that’s a big part of its appeal. After around 6 months of use, mine feels like a super-reliable friend who avoids attention.
It always blends in and never looks out of place. While it might bore hipsters, it’s sure to delight locked-down, computer-loving introverts.
ChairsFX review: Titan Cookies & Cream 2022
Small & Medium chairs cost $569; XL versions cost $619.
This article explains how different-colored light energies trigger physical and mental reactions. On a gaming chair, these effects are relevant but not profound.
For instance, the thrill of a vibrant gaming chair won’t last forever. In my experience, you can expect around six weeks of delightful swooning (worth it!!!) before the effect wears off. Then, your ride will fade in with the rest of your room’s decor.
The bottom line is that gaming chair colors will impact the senses but not physical comfort. For this reason, it ranks last on our list of gaming chair comfort ranking factors. Colors are relevant — but not as much as the type of chair or its ergonomic factors.
Suggestion: if shopping for a new chair, keep your color preference on the back-burner. After deciding on other key ranking factors, choose a hue for your preferred effect.
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