How Room Color Affects Your Mood

Color affects us more than simply appealing to our sense of sight. It can also affect the way we feel. Different colors can change our mood, which can have either a positive or negative outcome. Therefore, before you make any final decisions regarding the color you would like to make the focal point of a room, you need to carefully consider how the shades you prefer will impact your mood, for better or worse.

A futon cover color, such as one of these colors shown here, is an excellent way to add a colorful accent to a room to lift your mood.

A futon cover color, such as one of these colors shown here, is an excellent way to add a colorful accent to a room to lift your mood.

To give you an idea of the type of influence colors have in a space, the following is a brief list of common colors that are often featured on room walls and how they can make you feel:

  • White/Neutral tones – This is a very practical color because it does little to alter your mood. It is a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it easy to spot dirt and stains and it looks clean. White represents purity and can have a cooling or warming effect depending on the shades that are used as undertones (I.E. you can obtain a white with a blue or yellow hue). In addition, other neutral shades, such as cream, taupe, sand and diverse tones of brown are also very balancing and are suited to almost any room.
  • Yellow – This is a very cheerful, energetic and warm color that is often associated with happiness. It is ideal for places where many people gather, such as family rooms, kitchens, hallways, dinning rooms, etc. On the other hand, it is not the best choice for a bedroom because it can make a person feel restless due to the fact that it is lively.
  • Blue – When most people think of blue they feel relaxed and a sense of tranquility. Due to the fact this colors has such a calming affect it is a wonderful choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. On the other hand, it isn’t suited to rooms where you need to be mentally or physically active (I.E. office, dining room, kitchen, etc.).
  • Green – This is actually the most relaxing color and can be quite peaceful. It promotes health and rest, and has actually been found to lower blood pressure in some people. Green is suitable for most rooms, but is typically a popular choice for living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms and offices.
  • Red – This energizing shade is very warm and enticing but is often too vibrant for most environments. It is ideal for entertainment but those seeking comfort and relaxation will not find it with red. It is far better used as an accent than the main color.

Thus, it is often in your best interest to choose neutral tones as your base color and then add bolder shades in the furniture and accessories to bring the room to life and reveal your personal taste.

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