We tend to design our homes based on aesthetic preferences, choose our furniture based on our personal taste, and select a paint color based on what looks good to us.
However, researchers involved in color psychology believe that the colors we use in decorating our houses can actually impact our family’s moods and overall emotional well-being.
A study from the University of Georgia asserts that colors can be linked to creating positive and negative feelings. Leslie Harrington, an American color consultant, also says that what color you paint your wall is not simply a matter of aesthetics. It is a tool that can affect emotions and behavior.
Here are a few more facts about color theory:
Warm colors register feelings of happiness and comfort. Vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange will help stimulate the mind. These shades provide an invigorating effect on the body. Both effects are great for growth and development.
Warm color paints on large, open spaces can also help create a more intimate and cozier atmosphere in the room. Moreover, red, orange, and yellow are also known as appetizing colors. They are great for highlighting your dining area walls. Many restaurants and fast food chains have these colors on their logos and marketing collaterals for this reason.
While warm tones are suitable for some areas of the house, they aren’t as suitable for bedrooms especially if you have an overly energetic child who doesn’t go to bed easily.
Vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges are best used in moderation. A designer tip would be to paint one accent wall in the room with a bold red or bright yellow and decorate it with matching accessories. You may also want to pair warm tones with cooler ones for better balance.
On the other end of the color spectrum are cool colors. While warm colors are energizing, psychologists say that cool tones can provide a relaxing effect on the mind and body. For instance, think of how crystal clear blue skies or rolling waves on the sea make you feel.
Light to moderate shades of blue, green, and purple make the smaller rooms in your house feel more spacious as well. Darker ones should be used in moderation as they can evoke sad and gloomy feelings the way an impending rain or storm would.
Moreover, cool colors are also not as inviting because they can leave a feeling of coldness. The best way to soften the reserved feeling is to pair the room with creamy neutrals, and soft fabrics.
Color psychology can enable you to have more control over the feelings, and moods that you want to encourage inside your home. Start thinking about all the colors that can create a better atmosphere in the house may it be a soothing green shade for the bedroom, or a hint of bold reds in the living room.
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