Psychology, Colors & Your Room’s Mood

picture1Many people don’t spend enough time contemplating room colors. What you may fail to realize is that the colors they choose can affect your mood and ways of thinking for many years to come. Not only this, but they’re also a great reflection of your unique personality. Use color to make your rooms calmer, more cheerful and comfortable. This is why it’s vital to choose your colors wisely when decorating your home.

Choosing Wisely

When you’re considering your colors be sure to also consider the feeling that each color gives you. Do they make you feel at peace or do they make you angry? Your home should feel relaxing and peaceful, so be sure you choose wisely and think of the psychological value each color has.

You can explore decorating blogs, books, magazines or websites to get a wide array of ideas that will help you create your perfect mood. Before you choose your colors, you should buy your carpeting, furniture and tiles first since the range of colors with these items are a bit more limited. However, the last thing you want to do is make your room appear cluttered, so don’t select more than three or four colors.

The Effects of Your Room Colors

Colors can be active, passive or neutral. If you want your room to appear bigger and brighter, go with lighter colors. Looking for a warm, fuzzy or intimate setting? Dark colors can do the trick.

Let’s explore a variety of colors:

  • Red – It creates excitement, brings people together and encourages conversation. It’s great for dining rooms as it encourages appetite. Too much red can make you feel overly excited or agitated so take caution if used in a bedroom.  A little colour goes a long way.
  • Yellow – Express energy, joy and happiness with Yellow. Perfect for use in many rooms including, bathrooms, dining rooms, hallways, kitchens and any other small spaces. But a word of caution, using this color as your main scheme or in your baby’s room it is not a great idea, tempers and frustrations can flare and tear a plenty may shed.
  • Blue – Looking for a calm, relaxing feel, then blue is just for you. You may retire to relax in the comfort of your bathroom or bedroom, so this is the best place for blue. You can use brighter blues to encourage relaxation in your family room, large kitchen or living room. For a calming effect, use a softer blue. Using darker blue for your main color scheme isn’t highly recommended on the other hand. It can create a sad feel, so it’s definitely one shade of blue you want to avoid.
  • Green – Promote comfort, cooling, togetherness, unwinding and warmth with the color green. Use green as your main color to create a calming effect, relieve stress or help with fertility.
  • Purple – Want to create the effect of luxury and show your creative side? The color purple will add the dramatic sophistication you’re in search of. Make use of this amazing accent color to add more depth to your room. Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year for 2017 is Shadow 2117-30
  • Orange – Bring on energy, enthusiasm and excitement for you next workout in your exercise room by using the color orange.
  • Neutrals – Neutral colors will give you the most flexibility since you can add or subtract more or less color as you choose.

If you’re a beginner, you can use the list above as your basic guidelines to choosing your colors. If you still don’t feel quite comfortable, there is always the option to hire a color consultant to assist you. After all, you don’t want to make a big mistake when selecting your colors, these are choices you’ll have to live with for some time.

 

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