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Seeing Red Or Feeling Blue? Find Out How The Colors You Put In Your Home Affect Your Mood

Hi all, Alex here today talking about the affects of color on our mood, which include making us feel anxious or depressed, or increasing our blood pressure and our metabolism. Most of us wouldn't think that a detail as simple as color could have considerable affects on our psychology and physiology, but for this reason color is a factor well worth considering when designing our homes. Having a clearer understanding how colors affect us can help us design our homes in ways that will empower us in our everyday lives.

The Best Color for Your Space

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While colors may affect us in various ways, depending on circumstances such as age, gender, and ethnic background, most of us tend to exhibit the same kind of reactions. Shades and tones have proven to make the greatest impact on people's reactions overall, which means we need to make our color decorating selections with care.

Each color performs in an active, passive, or neutral function. These functions can help you determine which color might best fit in which room of your home. Here are a few examples of colors and there affects in a room:

Red Intensifies Our Existence

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This color enhances the energy of a room, making it a great selection for social areas of the home like a living room or dining room. Studies have also shown that red can increase blood pressure, respiration and heart rate.

Is Yellow Really Mellow?

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Yellow emulates the sun and inspires joyful feelings. Contrarily, too much yellow can make people feel irritable and angry. For this reason, yellow is not recommended to be used as the main color scheme of a room, but is great in smaller amounts for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms.

We Prescribe Blue to Slow You Down

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Blue is thought of as a calming and tranquil because it slows respirations and heart rate, and also reduces blood pressure. It is usually a recommended color for bedrooms and bathrooms. If choosing a pastel blue, it is important to mix in some warmer colors for furniture so even out its icy feeling. Warmer  blues, like periwinkle, cerulean, or turquoise, promote relaxation within social spaces, like family or living rooms and bigger kitchens. But be careful with blues because dark blues can cause sadness.

Green to Revive Your Senses

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Green is an acceptable color to use in any room because of its revitalizing qualities. It is thought to reduce stress and be a very tranquil color to have in the home.

Purple Creates Opulent Appearances and Relaxed Feelings

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Light hues of purple can create peaceful bedroom spaces, but can also be cold. Darker shades of purple are said to promote creativity and create a sense of luxury.

Orange Stimulates Enthusiasm

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Orange is a perfect color for a workout room because of its lively and energetic qualities. It is not recommended for living rooms or bedrooms, however.

Neutrals (Black, Grey, White, and Brown) Are Perfectly Flexible

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Neutral colors can be brought into a room to make it more tranquil or removed to give a room more energy. Black is recommended in tiny bits. Painting an entire room black is likely to create sadness, similar to using dark blue.

Now that your have a better sense of your psychology and physiology you can make a more educated decision about how you're going to incorporate color into your home. Having this knowledge will enable you to better consider if the aesthetics of your color choices to know if they are really meeting your needs.

This blog was inspired by the thoughts of Kendra Cherry and Mihai.

For more information about how to decorate your home using color check out our other blogs on the psychology of a happier home and splashing the hottest paint colors on your walls!