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Mood Boosting Colors

Posted on July 09, 2012 by Daniela Fields | 1 Comment


Does your mood need a makeover? The answer can be as simple as giving your home a splash of color. Colors possess the power to move and sway human behavior and emotion, and when properly used can be a vital tool in boosting your mood.  When the human mind processes colors that we see, hormones are released that evoke certain emotions. Depending on the color, emotions can range anywhere from excitement, comfort to relaxation. For example blue is often associated with feeling calm and also happens to be one of the most popular colors used to decorate with. Here’s a quick how-to guide on decorating your mood!

Before you get overwhelmed with all this scientific jargon lets go back to basics and revisit some principals we learned in grade school art class beginning with the color wheel. When decorating I like to follow the rule of thumb that all colors in the color wheel fall into one of three categories:  warm, cool, and neutral. Neutral colors are considered shades of gray, black and white and therefore are usually not seen on a traditional color wheel however, play an integral roll in the world of design. Here is how it works:

The Color Wheel:

Primary Colors: Red, yellow and blue

All colors are derived from primary colors

Secondary Colors: Green, orange and purple

Colors made by mixing primary colors

Tertiary Colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green

Colors made using a combination of primary and secondary colors 


Now that you have a better idea of where your favorite colors fall on the color wheel lets decide what mood you want to create and what colors will help you to get there when decorating.

  • Orange
  • - energy, warmth, enthusiasm and flamboyancy.
Orange is great to increase energy and great when used for exercise or game rooms.
  • Yellow
  • - cheerful, energy, happiness and optimism.
Yellow works great in smaller areas like bathrooms or kitchens. It has a calming effect can make people anxious when overused.
  • Red
  • - stimulation, drama, passion and excitement.
Red works great in living rooms and dining rooms because it is said to raise blood pressure (in a good way) creating energy and excitement.
  • Blue
  • - refreshing, cool, relaxing, stability and harmony.
Blue is said to slow down heart rate and decrease blood pressure, which works great for bedrooms, baby rooms and bathrooms.
  • Green
  • - balance, normalizing, health and renewal.
Green is considered the most restful color on the human eye and a great stress reliever. It works great for almost any room in your home.
  • Purple
  • - comforting, mystery, wisdom and spirituality.
Purple is often associated with luxury and creativity. Lighter purples and lavenders are also considered relaxing. Depending on the shade, purple works great in bedrooms.
Neutrals are the basic when designing any room. You can add and subtract these colors to create depth and highlight any room. Don’t be scared to use black as it can often add dimension to a room and tie together color schemes.
  • Black
  • - strength, discipline, elegance and power.
  • White
  • - pure, unity, cleanliness and simplicity.

Being your own interior designer can be fun, easy and elevate your spirits. Don’t be scared to use colors to mix and match your mood and just remember nothing is permanent!

Happy Decorating!!!  

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1 Response


September 04, 2012

Two ways to go here, both are considered to be royal power coobinatimns. A deep satin blue would follow the French royal palette (blue and gold) but usually a dark red from the English royal palette (blood red and gold) would be considered more masculine. Stay the hell away from purple, even though it is considered a royal color. Good luck.

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