Can the Colour of your room affect your Mood?
When it comes to decorating your room, there are a lot of factors that people take into account. Some may go for colours that match their personalities, whilst others seem more concerned with choosing colours that compliment other features in the room.
But whatever colour, pattern or design you choose, can it be argued that room colour has the ability to bring out different moods in us and influence our thoughts?
We decided to explore this to see just how much of an impact room colour can really have on our day-to-day lives.
Think of the psychology behind room colour
The psychological value of each individual colour can have an impact on how we feel. If you’re decorating a room that you would like to generate peace and harmony in, choose your colours wisely. Going for bright and bold colours in this instance might not be the best option. Think about the mood you want to create and choose the colours that fit accordingly.
Looking in magazines and decorating books are ideal for this if you are struggling with finding the right colour for you. Once you have chosen the colour, decorating the room with carpets, rugs and furniture will become much easier.
When you have found something you like, limit the number of colours you choose to three or four. Too many colours can look cluttered and can take attention away from other parts of the room.
Room colours and their effects
It’s worth bearing in mind that colours behave in three basic ways: active, passive and neutral. It’s easy to make every room in your house match a different aspect of your personality - the trick is knowing what they all represent.
Let's find out more about what colours could mean and what they can do to your room:
Red is a good way to stimulate conversation and bring people together. This is a great colour to use in a living or dining room area, as it’s great for raising people’s energy and stirring up excitement. It is sometimes considered ‘too intense’ to have in the bedroom but if you’re only in your room after dark then it doesn’t really matter.
Yellow represents a refreshing and uplifting nature and is great for capturing the joy of sunshine. It communicates happiness and is a good colour to have in hallways and small spaces. Not only does it make these small spaces seem bigger, but it also welcomes people into the home. Overdoing yellow can sometimes be overpowering, so make sure you only use it in portions. Studies have shown that babies cry more in yellow rooms and large amounts of yellow can create a feeling of frustration and anger in people.
Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow the heart rate. This is why it is considered a calming colour, which is deemed extremely popular in the bedroom, bathroom and other places where people tend to unwind and have some relaxation time. However, be careful of pastel blues in large amounts. Accessories are OK, but an excessive amount can appear chilly - especially in rooms that receive little natural light.
To encourage relaxation in social areas (family rooms, living rooms and large kitchens) consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle or bright blues such as turquoise. You may want to steer clear of dark blues, as this can promote sadness and have a swift affect on your mood.
Green is considered the most restful colour for the eye. In the kitchen, green cools things down and in a family room, it encourages unwinding whilst being warm enough to promote togetherness. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax so it’s a great choice to be used as a main colour. It’s also been said to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom.
Purple in its darkest values - eggplant, for example - is rich, dramatic and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity. It’s best used as an accent or a secondary colour against silvers and greys. Lighter versions of purple, such as lilac and lavender, bring out the same restful qualities as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.
Orange is a great colour to bring out excitement and evokes vibrancy. It’s not recommended for bedrooms but it is great for an exercise room. In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels so choosing this colour for your exercise space is perfect. Orange is quite a youthful colour and can make you feel more alive.
Neutrals (black, grey, white and brown)
These colours are basic to a decorator’s tool kit. They range in popularity from time to time but their virtue lies in their flexibility. You can add colour to liven neutral colours up or subtract colours to calm things down. Black is better used as an accent, as it can be too overpowering and might evoke a sense of negativity and sorrow. However, using it as an accent can give the room you are decorating depth and dimension.
These guidelines are a good starting point if you’re in search of a colour for a specific room. However, colour choice is a very personal matter so it’s wise to do your research and think carefully about what it is you really want and what room you are looking to decorate.
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