The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Right Colors –How Colors Affect Your Mood
Psychologists have conducted many studies on colors and how it affects our moods. Researchers say yes, color can absolutely affect your mood, behavior and even stress levels. Of course, that is not to say that all colors affect everyone in the same way. While some muted colors may be more attractive to some, others may prefer bold, passionate colors – colors that make a statement. Regardless of your preferences, the choices you make have a direct correlation to your childhood memories, your personality, and your moods.
Take for example the room on the right–the bright, bold red color evokes strong emotions- while some may find it exhilarating and invigorating, others may find such a bright color overwhelming and even irritable. In either case, the emotions are strong. As you can see, the room was toned down with warm white furnishings, natural wicker, and solid woods. The main color was also the accent color in the pillows, with an area rug capturing all the colors in the room and bringing it all together.
You do not have to be trendy to create beautiful spaces.
Be sure to choose colors that reflect your personality and preferences and blend the colors you like, creating a pleasing combination. One of the most intimidating steps for beginners is choosing the right color combinations. Color is powerful—it can change the shape and size of the room as well as the shape and size of furnishings.
Here we provide you some basic guidelines to help you get started. If you are a do-it-yourself, visit some of the home improvement centers in your area and talk to the specialist on hand to get some insight and advice on their paints and paint properties. Remember; choose wisely—you will have to live with the colors for a long time.
Choosing Wisely – Colors Affect
Colors have psychological value. If you are trying to create peace and harmony in your home, choose wisely; large amounts of some colors might produce the opposite effect. A perfect example is the color yellow – many say to avoid using it in a baby’s room as it is a “colicky” color. Yet, when a toddler’s room or kitchen is painted yellow, it evokes bright, sunny emotions.
Check out images on websites, in magazines, decorating books, blogs etc. for inspiration. Look to your floor finishes, furnishings and fabrics, as well, such as your sofa, curtains, carpets, rugs, and accent pillows. Choose colors to complement and heighten some of those colors.
Be sure to limit the number of colors in a room to 3 or 4. Too many colors create a cluttered feeling. Following are some images and guidelines on different colors and their effects.
The Effects of Room Colors
Light colors make rooms seem larger and brighter; they are expansive and airy. On the other hand, for a sophisticated, warm and intimate appearance, go with dark colors.
Red Colors affect
Red is an intense color and raises the energy stirring up excitement.
- In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation
- In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression.
Some consider it too stimulating for bedrooms. However, most of the time if seen mostly by lamp light, the color will appear muted, rich and elegant.
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. It is energizing and uplifting. When used in halls, entries and small spaces, yellow can create a welcoming feeling.
Avoid using large amounts of this color, as it tends to create feelings of frustration and anger. Be sure to accent with a palette of other colors.
Blue is considered calming, relaxing, and serene, and it is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. If you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues for the furnishings and fabrics.
Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room — but go for softer shades. Refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme as it tends to evoke sadness.
Green is considered the most restful color combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room on the house.
- In the kitchen, green cools things down
- In a family room or living room, it promotes comfort
- Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating
- It relieves stress by helping people relax
Purple – Selecting Right Color
Purple, is rich, dramatic and sophisticated and is most often associated with luxury and creativity. If used as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue.
Orange is an energetic color and evokes excitement and enthusiasm. Use sparingly as it can become overwhelming. Be sure to add other accent colors to soften the orange.
Neutrals (white, black, gray, and brown) are basic colors to use with any color scheme. Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used as an accent in small doses..
Ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower and evoke a cozy intimacy. Get creative with color – check out some of these ideas!