Paint the Town Red! Or Maybe Not…
Who remembers the 90’s? (It’s okay to admit you do). And, let’s be honest, the 90’s brought us some of the coolest trends. In what other decade could you come home from school and plop down on the couch with a pack or two of Dunkaroos to play Mario tennis on your GameBoy Color? Sure, maybe some of the fashion trends we never want to see again (please leave your hammer pants and frosted tips in the past), but there was one fad that transcended the typical trend-life cycle. The mood ring. EVERYONE had to have one.
I mean it was such a cool concept right? If your ring was green, it meant that you were at your equilibrium. If it turned blue, perhaps your crush just walked into homeroom. Or, right before you walked into that AP history test I bet your ring was bright yellow. It got to the point where you felt your ring knew you better than you knew yourself! Of course, these rings were activated by changes in body temperature, which can correlate to a number of emotions, so it’s no exact science. But, as it turns out, there is some truth behind the correlation between colors and our moods.
When you’re taking that step to redecorate your home, the colors you pick for your walls and furniture are of utmost importance. Why? Because the colors you choose can actually have a direct effect on your mood. While we all perceive colors differently, studies have proven certain emotions to result from certain colors.
For example, colors such as red, orange, and yellow are warm colors. What emotions would you consider to be “warm?” Psychologists suggest that colors on this end of the spectrum can evoke emotions ranging anywhere from comfort to anger.
The cool colors, on the other hand, such as blue, purple, and green, evoke emotions ranging between tranquility and sadness.
Color and Mood in Your Home
The way in which you choose to use these colors in your home can affect the way you and your guests feel in various rooms. Blue rooms evoke a calming feeling, and have even been proven to lower blood pressure. Blue hues may be a good choice for a living room, where your family gathers to relax and unwind.
Similarly, purples also instill a sense of relaxation, but with an additional luxurious feel. The bedroom is a great place for purple, as it ups the romance and comfort levels. Imagine lying on your Emma mattress surrounded by lovely lilac or violet decor. Très magnifique!
In rooms where you want a higher energy vibe, I would advise you to dabble in warm colors. While red is a little too harsh on the eyes and raise blood pressure with continued exposure, pink can have the opposite effect. Pink, while calming, also instills a light energy in the room due to its warmer feel.
Yellows are often used in foyers or kitchen areas, as they provide a burst of light to any room. Yellow is a great color for socializing rooms. It will make your guests feel welcome and ready to party. Green is also a common color for a feeling of comfort due to its association with nature. It is a great color for offices, to make employees feel at ease and thus, more productive.
Perhaps all of these colors seem a bit too bold for you. Whites and greys are popular mood regulators as well. While white puts guests slightly more on edge (due to the threat of dirtying the room) grey provides the same calming effect as blue. Grey could be a nice option for a bathroom or other calming spaces.
No matter your interior design taste, I hope you take this into consideration as you choose the colors (and the moods) of your home. Happy painting!