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7 Ways Room Colors Affect Your Mood

Colour has the power to change the shape and size of furnishings as well as the room itself. People tend to have similar reactions to certain colours, depending on the different shades or tones used in the room.

Colours have three states of emotion: active, passive and neutral. You can make every room in your home match your personal taste and the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colours are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance.

Red Raises a Room’s Energy Level

The most intense color, it pumps the adrenaline; it can raise blood pressure and speed up your heart rate. It is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression.

Yellow Captures the Joy of Sunshine and Communicates Happiness

It is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. Even though yellow is a cheery color, it is not a good choice for main color schemes. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Babies also seem to cry more in yellow rooms. In large amounts, this color tends to create feelings of frustration and anger.

Blue is Said to Bring Down Blood Pressure and Slow Respiration and Heart Rate

That is why it 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. To encourage relaxation in social areas, consider warmer blues, or bright blues. Dark blue has the opposite effect, evoking feelings of sadness.

Green is Considered the Most Restful Color For the Eye

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 encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. Green also has a calming effect, it is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax.

Purple, in its Darkest Values (eggplant, for example), is Rich, Dramatic and Sophisticated

It is associated with luxury and creativity; as an accent or secondary colour, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.

Orange Evokes Excitement and Enthusiasm, and is an Energetic Color

While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for an exercise room; it will bring out all the emotions that you need released during your fitness routine. In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

Neutrals (black, gray, white and brown) are Basic to the Decorator’s Tool Kit

All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add colour to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the colour scheme and give it depth.

Deciding on colors for your home can feel like an overwhelming chore, but with these tips you can create a color palette that best suits your mood for each room in your home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and use colour. With some planning, you can find the colours that will make your home an expression of your family’s personal style.

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