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Interior Design & A Better You (Part 1)

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

How Color Affects Your Mood

Color plays more of an influential role in our lives than we realize. It can affect our minds, bodies, and overall mood. How color is perceived is subjective for some, but we have colors that are widely recognized for certain things worldwide. Colors close to the red spectrum are warmer colors, including red, orange, and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Whereas blue colors like purple and green are known for evoking feelings of calm, sadness, or indifference.

Room color psychology is an integral part of your daily life, affecting your moods and energy levels with just the room color you choose for your walls. The colors of the rooms in your home also serve as a direct reflection of your personality. The people who live in a home make it beautiful by choosing colors that reflect their preferences and personalities. Color has the power to change the shape and size of furnishings, as well as the shape and size of the room itself.

Color is a powerful design tool that can make the rooms in your home feel more calm, cheerful, comfortable or dramatic. Color makes a tiny room feel larger, or a spacious one feel more intimate, without the time and expense of actually moving walls. You can make a den feel cozy by painting the walls with a warm color, or make a narrow space feel wider by using different colors on opposing walls. The paint colors you choose, as well as the color of the furniture and accessories, all create a mood.

Red is probably the most intense color available to choose for a room. Red raises a room’s energy level and can stimulate love, passion, anger, and power. It has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration, and increase heart rate.

Blue evokes feelings of calm and freshness and represents strength and dependability. A high-energy shade of blue, like sapphire, can add a bold punch of energy to a room, while a light sky blue on the walls can make a space feel tranquil. Darker shades like navy can offer drama, while paler shades can make small spaces feel larger. The effect depends on the tone of blue.

Since blue is associated with calmness, it works well in a bathroom, bedroom, and all rooms where one goes to relax. Different shades of light blue can be used for ceilings to mimic the sky, making a room feel larger. If you love the color blue as much as we do, be sure to check out our favorite shades here. There are colors that work for certain home styles, but don't be afraid to be creative!

Deciding on colors for your home can feel like an overwhelming chore, so don't be afraid to experiment and use color. With some planning, you can find the colors that will make your home an expression of your style. Are you more into earth tones and neutral shades for your home? We put together a list of our favorite shades of dark brown and neutral earth tones just for you. We're so excited to see what colors you decide to use in your own space and how you personalize your home. Comment below your favorite color for a specific room in your house!

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