When most homeowners decide on the color or decor they want to use in a room most tend to lean towards what appeals to them visually. Very few take into consideration the psychology behind the color they are choosing and how it may affect your mood when you’re in a particular room. See below to learn how researchers believe each color can have on the effect of peoples minds and moods.
Red can evoke strong emotions and even cause headaches if used too much. It is recommended to paint only one wall red or use it in accessories. It does however encourage sociable and lively feelings as well as stimulate appetite, which makes it perfect for a dining room.
People tend to be more productive in a blue room because they are calm and focused, making it an ideal color for an office. Additionally blue is believed to keep hunger at bay so it may not be a fitting color for a dining room. Blue has been thought to help prevent nightmares which could make it ideal for a bedroom. Blue however can make a room look cold and unwelcoming so it is recommended to choose a blue with a warm undertone.
Green is a calming color that relieves stress and allows relaxation. It is a perfect color for a bedroom or living room. Green is also thought to help with fertility. Additionally research has found that green can improve reading ability. Too much green can make people too complacent or laid back. It is suggested to use some red or orange accents to counteract these feelings.
Yellow is recommended for a kitchen as it can increase metabolism and gives people energy. It also causes the brain to release more serotonin causing people to be more optimistic. Yellow can also stimulate conversation making it a good color for the more social areas of a home.
However studies have shown that yellow is the most likely color to make babies to cry, so it should be avoided in a nursery.
Orange evokes excitement and is not suggested for a living room or bedroom. It is however suggested for an exercise room to help get your blood pumping. Orange is also a good option for a dining room as it is thought to aid in digestion.
Lighter shades of purple like lavender can create an atmosphere that calms the nerves and allows relaxation and is suggested for a living room or bedroom. Additionally brighter shades of purple can stimulate the brain activity used in problem solving so this could be a good color for an office or other workspace.
Pink recommended for bedrooms as it is a peaceful and restful color. Hot fuchsia can be thought to evoke passion. Prisons have been using lighter pink rooms for years due to its ability to reduce angry behavior.
What do you think? Have you ever painted a room a certain color or used it to decorated due to its effects on moods? What was the result?