• McKenna Hutchinson

Color Psychology: How Colors Affect Your Mood

Have you ever painted a room before, or swapped out your living room pillow color scheme and noticed that it changed the feel of your space? Turns out there's actually science that goes behind that feeling! That means its important to put some thought into the colors that you choose to bring into your home.


To start from the basics, there are two different color schemes that will influence your mood: warm and cool colors.


Cool colors give a feeling of calm and relaxation, while warm colors generally bring more energy into a space. Using earth tones will also make your space feel more calm, while using bright vibrant colors will amp up the energy.


Thinking about how you want to feel when you're in a certain room is important when you're thinking of what to do to your home. Always ask yourself how you want to feel in a space when you start picking colors.


Let's jump in to talking about specific colors!


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Yellow


Looking for a cheerful and optimistic color? You've found it with yellow! It's hard to be sad when you're surrounded by bright and cheery yellow tones. Yellow has been known to also help increase your focus, so it'd be good to use in a study room or office.


Fun fact: Yellow is the first color your eyes see. So if you're using it as an accent with decor, or painting a whole room, the yellow will be the most bold element in the room. We recommend using yellow as an accent in most rooms, or as a bold statement in smaller rooms.


Avoid using this color in a nursery, since this is the color that makes babies cry the most!



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Orange


Bring on the fun and the energy with orange! Some people say that orange makes you feel younger, and more content. This color is great for motivation, spontaneity, being social, and optimistic.


We love all the earthy oranges that are trending lately with the clay and desert tones. These colors help you feel grounded but are still energizing.













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Blue


Trust, strength, dependability, and stability are what blue symbolizes. Maybe this is why so many people choose blue as their favorite color! It also helps you to think clearly and be productive, so this color would be great for an office or study area as well as a bathroom or bedroom.


Blue is said to slow your heart rate, and help lower your blood pressure. It also is known to be an appetite suppressant, so don't use this color if you're looking to have lots of friends over to try your food!


Combining blue and green together will bring more calm to your space, while combining blue and yellow will make it feel cheery.


Think about the shade of blue you're using since a bright and saturated blue will bring more energy, and a softer blue or navy will be more relaxing.



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Green


This color is known to be one of the most relaxing colors. You'll maybe notice that a lot of spas and bedrooms have a lot of green for this quality. It also is known to convey growth, balance, restoration, positivity, equilibrium, clarity, safety, and prosperity.


Green is created by combining yellow and blue, so it carries the calming effect from blue, and the cheerfulness of yellow.














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Purple


We've noticed that purple is a very polarizing color. People either love it or hate it. It symbolizes luxury, wealth, and power. Traditionally it has often been connected to royalty.


It also can bring creativity, stimulation, respect, and fantasy.


We recommend that purple is used sparingly, and more as an accent if you do decide to go purple!












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Red


Using red in your home is a bold move! Use this color sparingly because it can quickly get overwhelming. Red is going to definitely add energy to a room, stimulates your appetite and conversations, but also raises blood pressure, your heart rate, and respiration. Lots of restaurants use red because it is good for business!


Red symbolizes passion, activity, bold energy, confidence, power, and ambition.









Pink


Blush tones have been all over Pinterest the last two years and we are loving it! Pink has been shown to promote calm and reduce aggression. It still has the cheerfulness of a warm color, but brings about a calm feeling.












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