How Your Color Choices Affect Mood

color psychology

Colors have their own essence and story. Most colors evoke some kind of feeling when we see them. So, when decorating a home and thinking about everything from wall color to throw pillows to rugs, keep the mood of certain colors in mind.

When looking at the psychological connection you have with color, where does it come from? Are you born predisposed to feel a certain way? Or, is it largely based on societal cues?

Color psychology is actually a rather new discipline. Even with scientific research, it’s hard to answer the question of why, but most can agree that experiences, good and bad, shape the way we see the world, including color. Let’s look closer at certain colors and how they might make you feel. Knowing this can help you design a home where the color ignites good vibes.

Blue Hues

Wavercy from Noho by Bashian

When you look up every day, you see blue skies. When you look down at bodies of water, you see blue, too. It’s a central part of the natural world, and you’re exposed to it all the time from your very first days. But blue hues aren’t that simple. On one hand, they can evoke feelings of serenity and calm, but they may also imbue feelings of coolness. In the end, it’s more about personal preference.

Personal preference is overwhelmingly positive for blue. It’s often one of people’s favorite colors and is the most preferred color of men. Because blue is such a favorite, it’s rarely seen as intimidating. Most people agree that being around blue gives them a peaceful and tranquil feeling. It’s even been shown to lower pulse rates and body temperature. It’s definitely a chill vibe.

As a color in interior design, there’s not really a room it doesn’t work in; kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and office all can benefit from some blue. Maybe it helps you sleep better in a bedroom or concentrate better in your office. This blue pattern Wavercy Noho by Bashian rug is an excellent choice for any room that has a little or a lot of blue.

Shades of Green

NF801G from Natural Fibers Jute .5 by Safavieh

Green is another color that is seen regularly in nature, from grass to trees to other plant life. Green has long been associated with vitality, fertility, and growth. After all, you probably describe wooded areas as lush and green. It also has a bit of luck and envy in its story. These are societal implications of green, you don’t really turn green with envy. While it does have a calming effect, research has discovered that green actually improves reading ability.

When used in design, it could be chosen for several reasons. Green might signify a connection to the Earth for some. It could be used as a color that relieves stress and could be seen in a bedroom. Green is a perfect complement to many other colors and may be used more as an accent rather than a wall color. If you decide to use it as an accent, consider a green rug. This round natural jute rug from Safavieh almost seems almost neutral and because of the material has a distinct earthy vibe.

Yellow Tones

Hand Hooked Josefine from Vernada Polyester by NuLoom

Yellow is not a wallflower. It’s bright and bold. Because of the statement it makes, there are strong feelings tied to it. Yellow, because it is the most visible color, is often considered an attention-getter. As a warm color, it conveys feelings of cheeriness, but because it’s so bright, it’s also the most fatiguing color to the lights. So, it’s not a great choice for offices or working areas.

Yellow is also associated with energy. That lends itself to being a good pick for the kitchen, especially in a one that has a lot of windows and natural light. Bedrooms probably aren’t a good fit because it might keep you up. It can certainly be an accent in other rooms, but for areas where you want yellow to be the focus, choose spaces that are active rather than passive. This modern hand hooked rug with floral details would be a great addition to any kitchen.

Purple Pigments

ZHA-4016 from Zahra by Surya

Purple is the combination of blue and red and doesn’t often occur naturally. However, violet does, and for most, it’s all the same. Purple, for hundreds of years, has been associated with royalty and wealth. This dates back to the earliest days of dyeing fabric, which required a lot of effort and expense. Purple was a very exclusive color then, as it was one of the hardest colors to replicate with dyes.

Purple has also been tied to feelings of spirituality and as a representation of wisdom. It’s a color that most people either love or hate; there is rarely an in-between. If you are going to decorate with purple, you should be committed to it. Many times it’s too dark for wall colors, but it can be used well in furniture and other décor like rugs. Adding this hand-knotted purple rug to your design would certainly liven up the space.

Red Tints

MRB275A from Marbella by Safavieh

When someone walks into a red room, they take notice. It’s hard not to because of its overwhelming presence. Renowned designer Valentino once said, “Red has guts”, and it certainly does. Like purple, it’s very polarizing. There’s no calm or peace in a sea of red. Its brightness and warmth envelop spaces. On one hand, it’s the color of love, but on the other hand, red elicits intensity and anger. Terms like “seeing red” and “red-handed” have negative connotations. Like almost every other color on the spectrum, there are good and bad feelings associated with it. Each person brings their own experiences to their views of color.

If you’re going to incorporate it into your home design, a little goes a long way. Very few homes are able to pull off red walls, so why not use it as the pop of color in a kitchen, living room, or family room? These are high activity rooms where red won’t be a disruption. Consider this red striped wool rug that has a nice balance of red tints for your space.

Color just like any other element of design is completely subjective. If you have a strong feeling toward a color, it could be caused by a number of factors. In the end, select the colors that make you feel happy and at home.

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