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!
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-greenColors 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 is great to increase energy and great when used for exercise or game rooms.
- Orange- energy, warmth, enthusiasm and flamboyancy.
Yellow works great in smaller areas like bathrooms or kitchens. It has a calming effect can make people anxious when overused.
- Yellow- cheerful, energy, happiness and optimism.
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.
- Red- stimulation, drama, passion and excitement.
Blue is said to slow down heart rate and decrease blood pressure, which works great for bedrooms, baby rooms and bathrooms.
- Blue- refreshing, cool, relaxing, stability and harmony.
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.
- Green- balance, normalizing, health and renewal.
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.
- Purple- comforting, mystery, wisdom and spirituality.
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!