Using Color to Boost Your Mood
Did you know that blue plates make you eat less because it tricks your brain into thinking the food is less appealing? (something to think about when you register for china) You can create different moods in your home by using different colors.
20 Ways to Use Color Psychology
Yahoo! Homes posted a list of 20 ways to use color psychology in your home.
- Create the illusion of space with bright colors
- Appeal to a highly educated crowd with complex colors
- Build appetites in your kitchen with red
- Use foyer blends to naturally combine interior and exterior paint
- Warm up your home with deep tones during the winter
- Cool off in the summer with colder colors
- Use colors from your past
- Use relaxing colors in relaxing rooms
- Stay away from red if you have high blood pressure
- Flatter yourself with a familiar color in the bathroom
- Combine moods for an aggressive workout room
- Concentrate in your home office with green
- Inspire optimism with yellow
- Don’t be fooled by purple
- Blend brown for a natural look in your den
- Black isn’t just for a teenager’s room
- Use pink for tranquility in a meditation room
- There’s a reason bathroom fixtures are usually white
- Trust orange for a sick room or asthmatic child’s room
- When all else fails, look to nature
More Information on Color Psychology
- Saturated colors from the yellow/orange/red section of the color wheel tend to raise our energy levels, while colors from theblue/green section calm us down, both physically and emotionally.
- This is not always true for less saturate shades/tints of these colors. Look at the picture below and test it for yourself: How do you respond to this vibrant, put-your-eyes-out geranium red, compared to the muted brick red (with yellow, brown and gray in it)? And what’s your take on that bubble-gum pink?
- Neutral color schemes are generally found relaxing (and boring, by some – it does take a bit of practice to make a neutral color scheme look stylish.) Click here for ideas on how to create neutral color palettes – they can work in any room in the house.
- Dark colors generally make a room feel smaller; it doesn’t really matter if they are ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ colors. (On the other hand, it takes more than light wall color to make a room seem larger than it is.)
No two people see color in the exact same way. How will you update your home to make it feel more like home for you?