It’s called color psychology and it’s the idea that and study of colors as a determinant of human behavior. Taking it one step further, the color you paint the rooms in your house can actually have an effect on how you feel and act in them. Here’s how each color makes us feel and what rooms in which they fit best!
The color of confidence, excitement, and energy
Red is the most intense color; it’s been shown to raise blood pressure, respiration speed, and heart rate. So it’s safe to say painting a room red definitely raises its energy level. This means red is perfect for rooms where you want to stir up excitement. Since red draws people together, it’s great for living rooms and dining rooms to help stimulate conversation. When you paint your entryway red, you’re creating a strong first impression of your home.
Because red is very stimulating, it’s not recommended for bedrooms. Unless that is, you’re typically only in the room after dark. When seen by lamplight, red appears muted, creating a rich, elegant feel.
The color of balance, warmth, and vibrancy
Orange is another energetic color, evoking feelings of excitement and enthusiasm. In ancient cultures, it was believed to increase energy levels and even heal the lungs. But as a secondary color, orange can sometimes produce an overwhelming combination of red and yellow, so it’s best to use orange as an accent. Although if you have a home gym or exercise room, orange is great here: it brings out all the emotions you need to release while working out.
The color of happiness, optimism, and inspiration
Yellow communicates happiness; it captures the joy of sunshine; it’s energizing in an uplifting and welcoming way. In chromotherapy, it’s believed yellow stimulates the nerves and purifies the body. In rooms, yellow reflects light, so it’s best to keep your hues lighter and softer since they’re easier on the eyes. Soft yellows are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms as well as hallways, entryways, and smaller spaces.
The color of nature, harmony, and joy
Restful to the eye, green has a calming effect and is believed to relieve stress. Indicative of nature, green is also believed to help with fertility. Green combines the refreshing quality of blue with the cheerfulness of yellow, so it’s suitable for just about every room in the house. In the kitchen, for instance, green helps cool things down. And in the living room, green allows you to unwind with enough warmth to encourage comfort and togetherness.
The color of trust, relaxation, and serenity
Blue is another color that many find soothing and relaxing. Blue has also been shown to improve focus and productivity, as well as reduce blood pressure. And the hues of blue can range from calm and cool to warm and heavenly. Because it’s so versatile, it’s perfect for everything from a bedroom to an office or child’s study area.
Keep in mind when choosing blues, it’s best to opt for lighter, softer shades since darker hues can evoke feelings of sadness. Additionally, blue can come off chilly, so it’s best in a room with warm, natural light.
The color of royalty, luxury, and imagination
Through its darkest hues, purple evokes dramatic feelings of sophistication; whereas, with its lighter hues, it presents a restful warmth indicative of the blues and reds combined to make it. Purple is often associated with luxury and creativity and adds depth to any given color scheme.
Of course, it’s important to point out that the influence of color is not always so obvious and can differ between different types of people. So what color rooms are you most comfortable in? Are there any rooms you’re thinking of repainting now? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.