How to Colorfully Control the Mood in Your Home
You may be skeptical about the impact of color psychology. But as psychiatrist Dr. Julia Shugar of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center explains, “Room color, particularly in your home, can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions.” Our minds are easily influenced, and most of the time we aren’t even conscious of the effect things around us have. Colors are one of those things. We’re going to talk about the best way to use color when decorating according and the color psychology of common colors.
It can be challenging and slightly overwhelming to try and decide on a color for a room, let alone trying to tie in pleasing complementary colors, shades, and tones. Getting to know the color wheel and how it can help you when choosing paint and décor will make the process much easier for you.
To create a harmonious color scheme, it’s best to use the colors that sit next to each other on the wheel. For example, blue and green are both considered cooler colors. If you desire a relaxing, fresh theme in your room, you want to use green, blue-green, and blue.
For a bold, lively color scheme, you want to use more vibrant colors. Using the color wheel will help you find colors that naturally pair well together. These are called complementary colors, which are opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, yellow’s complimentary color is violet. Pairing these two will create that dynamic and vibrant look you want.
Neutral colors are your best friend when decorating. Whites, browns, and shades of black are great colors to use to offset your brighter shades and add depth to the room. Using neutral colors on your walls will also give you more room to experiment with colorful shades and patterns in your decorations. And when it’s time for a change, it’s much easier to switch out decorative pillows and throw rugs than it is to repaint the entire room.
When decorating our home, we tend to gravitate toward colors that we favor. We may not spend a lot of time thinking about a room color, but the truth is, colors can have a substantial effect on us. It’s important to know what these effects are since you’ll be living with these colors every day. Color psychology is all about the influence that color has on our mind and behavior. Most people react similarly to certain colors, but the reactions begin to vary depending on the tone or shade presented. Room color will also impact more than your mood; it has the power to alter the appearance of the shape and size of the space. Lighter colors expand your room, making it seem larger and bright. Darker colors make the room seem smaller, creating a more intimate atmosphere. Let’s take a look at some traditional colors and learn about the effects it can have on us.
Despite the impact of color psychology, perceptions of color are somewhat subjective. Your personal feelings about a color are going to be influenced by deeply personal experiences or culture. Ultimately, you want to find the right shade for you. Give yourself enough time to analyze the color you want, to see what emotions it brings out and experiment with brightness and saturation levels to find the perfect fit. After you have found the best color and you’ve decorated to your heart’s content, check out our blog for tips and tricks on keeping your beautiful home clean. We even share a few secrets on Raising Children Who Clean Up! You’re not going to want to miss out on those.