Have you taken notice of how your mood can change when you enter a room? Let’s be honest, when I walk into my kitchen and the garbage hasn’t been taken out, my mood changes real quick. If I walk into my bedroom and the bed is made and the curtains are open with the sunlight shining in, my mood will change just as quick, but to my happy, calm place. But what about that other factor that can really change your mood when you walk into a room? Color!
For most of us, when it is time to choose a color for a room, we’re going to go with our favorite. You know I love me some pink, but that does not mean I should pink-a-fy my entire home! Why? Because that’s tacky. LOL. BUT because pink can have a calming effect, I did paint one accent wall in my family room Benjamin Moore’s Hot Lips pink, when I was working through a stressful period in my life a few years back. Color can change every thang. But you don’t want to get schizophrenic with it right? But wait — I’ve seen multiple design magazines where designers do just that. So, what’s a gal to do? You’ve got a few options, but I suggest looking at the psychology of color to help you decide which colors to put in which rooms and why.
According to Very Well Mind, colors on the red spectrum are typically referred to as “warm colors” and these include red, orange and yellow. These colors bring up emotions ranging from feelings of warmth to rage. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are considered “cool colors” and include blue, purple and green. These colors can feel calming or tip towards sadness.
Very Well Mind continues with the notion that colors were used for holistic purposes:
- Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.
- Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
- Orange was used to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.
- Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain.
- Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin problems.
Given all of this background, you can feel good about choosing a color based on more than just your personal taste (which, of course, is important. It is your space, after all!) For a guide, you might want to think like this:
Red: Good for the kitchen and living room to heat up digestion and conversation. Potentially bad for the bedroom where you want to relax rather than rage. I painted the kitchen in the apartment I rented for me and my son after my divorce a hot red. I still remember how vibrant I felt in that space to this day.
Yellow: Good for the kitchen or work space to brighten and cheer. Potentially bad for the bedroom as in some studies it made children cry, and it can provoke anger.
Blue: Good for the bedroom and the dining/sitting rooms to soothe the soul and relax the mind. Potentially bad for kitchens and bathrooms because it can feel quite cold and sad sometimes.
Green: Good for just about any room; cools things down and also has a warming and relaxing effect. Potentially bad? Not so much!
Orange: Good for the kitchen and exercise rooms; this color gets the blood pumping and promotes excitement and enthusiasm. Potentially bad for the bedroom or living room. My son’s favorite color is orange. And when he was younger I painted one entire bedroom wall orange as an accent color. Trust me, a little of this color goes a looong way.
Purple: Good for the living room or office to promote sophistication and creativity (especially those dark, deep hues). Potentially bad for the bedroom as the lighter lilacs and lavender colors can get chilly.
Get more in-depth ideas on color and even a bit of a history lesson on interior design site, Maverick & Bluberry.
Knowing all of this, don’t you sorta feel inspired to start using color more effectively in your home? If you’re about to embark on a home renovation, do your homework now and really work to create a home that uses color to its full potential. If you’re not up for a renovation just yet, get some colorful pieces here and there to accentuate a room and create some feels!