How Color in Design Affects Your Mood

We have been taught from an early age in our art classes that different colors emanate different feelings. Have you ever realized that when people say a room has an “earthy vibe” or is “warm”, they usually are talking about the colors incorporated into the room? We have some some great examples of what to keep in mind before you choose paint colors!


White: Helps with Clarity

It‘s associated with cleanliness and brings a sense of clear and organized thinking. Have you ever felt a little nervous or uneasy, then clean your space and feel much better? White walls can achieve the same feeling of clarity and peace. It will open up a space, bring more light into dark corners and will make your artwork and plants pop.

Black: Sophistication and Mystery

It provides a dark and deep feeling that incorporates a strong willed atmosphere. It has subtle elegance without being too conservative. Many designers may use this color to enhance the sophistication of different interiors. Use it as an accent wall in a dining room to amp up the drama or in your bedroom as a makeshift headboard. When done right, it can be magical!

Red: Stimulates and Warms the Body

It elevates the heart rate, brain wave activity and respiration. It increases enthusiasm and raises the room’s energy level. You tend to be more productive in a room this color and is a good choice for the people who love to entertain. Use it in a living room if you want to draw people together and provoke conversation. We usually do not recommend red in spaces where you want to calm down, like your bedroom since it will be too stimulating. But if you are in that room primarily after dark, dimly lighting the room will make it appear muted, rich and elegant.


Yellow: On the Happy Scale

Yellow is known for being a memory stimulator. It is primarily identified as a happy and welcoming color and is a great choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is energizing and uplifting. Although yellow is a cheery color, it is not a good choice for a main color scheme! Think small with this color!

Orange: Brings Energy

It sparks all of the emotions that you need to release in physical activities and believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels. Some interior designers use this color for fitness purposes, though it also fits the climate of the state. Have you noticed your gym has some walls painted orange? We sure have!

Blue: Relaxing Effect

It has opposite effects of red. It has a calming effect on the body and is often used in bedroom and bathrooms. To encourage relaxation in social areas such as family rooms, living rooms or large kitchens, consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Off-set the cool color with warm accessories such as throw pillows and fabrics. Interior Designers may use this interior color for humid, weathered places as a cooling effect.

Still need help choosing colors? Don’t fret! We offer color consultations where we will provide a list of rooms in need of fresh paint along with thoughtful recommendations of colors that complement each space, contact us for more info and to set up your consultation!