Using Colors Throughout Your Home To Set A Certain Mood

by Staff Editor on May 17, 2013

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Interior designers use color to breathe life into spaces that would otherwise be drab and uninviting, but they’re keenly aware of the effects colors have on the human subconscious. For instance, certain colors can affect your mood dramatically.

Whether you want to lift your spirits, energize your body, or calm your frazzled mind, there’s a color that’ll work for that exact purpose, so when you’re working designing the various rooms throughout your home, you want to keep these concepts in mind before choosing your color schemes. The last thing you want to do is add the wrong colors to the wrong rooms, which can result in you feeling energized in your bedroom instead of calm, or bored in your office where you should be creative and alert.


Red is a passionate color, and no matter what shade of red you choose, it can energize people and bring them together. Therefore, it’s a great choice for any room in which people will gather for a fun time and great conversation, such as your living room or your dining room. Red tends to make your body come alive, pumping your metabolism and energizing your heart. The brighter the red, the more intense this effect will be, so choose darker, more elegant shades of red if you don’t want this effect to overpower you.


Orange is another energizing color, and the color ranges from subdued burnt orange to vibrant bright shades of orange. Choose this color if you want to feel stimulated and alert, and if you’re looking to awaken your creativity. Therefore, it’s a great color for your office space, your art room, or even your fitness area.


Yellow is a bright color that evokes a sense of joy and happiness, as it is reminiscent of the sun on a cloudless day. Use it in entryways, dining rooms, kitchens, and other rooms where you want to feel happy and welcomed. But just be sure that you don’t overdo it when it comes to yellow, as it can have the opposite effect on people, creating tension and anger instead. Also, avoid using bright yellow in nurseries, as it may be too aggravating to babies who need a calm, serene space.


Green is a color that works in just about any room. It’s a tranquil color that lessens stress and helps one to relax. Therefore, wherever you want to create a quiet and relaxing space, such as in your bedroom or bathroom, consider using green as much as you want.


Blue can be a calming color, much like green, but opt for medium to light shades of blue to get this effect, as dark blues can create feelings of depression instead. Blue works in any room that you want to experience a sense of calm in, such as bedrooms and living rooms.


Purple is an excellent shade if you want to add a sense of luxuriousness to a space, especially if you opt for darker shades. If you prefer paler shades of purple, they can be relaxing and perfect for rooms where lighter shades of blue would be too cold.

About the author

Jenny Wakeman is a professional interior designer and all round trend setter. When checking out the latest in household accessories, Jenny visits

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