Psychology of Colors and the Impact They Have on Us

Psychology of Colors and the Impact They Have on Us

When it comes to home décor, many people do not think about the psychological effects of color. But the different shades and tones in the color palettes you choose for your home can have a big impact on your mood and how you feel in your space. Take a look at some of the most common options used in home décor and how they can affect your mood. When you plan your next remodeling project, consider the long-term benefits of your color combination choices.

How Color Palettes Affect Our Moods

Everything you see affects how you think and feel. You know that different things in your home affect your mood already. A big, pillow-topped bed makes you feel relaxed. A cluttered living room makes you feel anxious or grumpy. Different color combinations affect people psychologically too. When it comes to long-lasting things like floor tile or wall paint, thinking about the emotions sparked by the colors make sense.

People have favorites, and most homeowners take things like resale value into account when choosing materials, but color psychology should also play a role in your remodeling plans.

Warm Tones – Red, Orange, and Yellow

Vibrant shades in the hot color palette are not frequently used for flooring or anything more than an accent wall. They are high energy and elicit strong emotions. Red may feel romantic of passionate and thus perfect for the master bedroom. Sunny yellow energizes and can wake you up alongside a steaming cup of coffee in the kitchen. Be careful with orange in your home décor. It can either ramp up the energy or denote caution.

Cool Tones – Green, Blue, and Purple

Many people choose green tones to impart the same type of relaxation and rejuvenation found in nature. The specific shade determines the mood, however. A bright mint green sparks the idea of freshness and ambition to mind while deep pine is super relaxing. Blue is considered the most peaceful color but is also associated with wisdom and integrity. Purple ranges from pure royal luxury to a more creative and even mystical vibe. As with all things in color psychology, the vibrance and exact tone of the one you choose makes a difference.

Neutral Palettes – White, Black, Brown, and Gray

These colors are incredibly common when it comes to built-in fixtures and architectural materials like floors, walls, and trim. They have an emotional impact too, however. White is clean, fresh, and calming while black has a more dramatic vibe. Brown induces a steadfast type of calmness and stability that can ground you at the end of a busy day. Many people consider gray the perfect neutralizer when paired with other colors. It has its own emotional impact, however. From peaceful fog or dove grays to stately charcoals, the one you choose can affect your enjoyment of your home in truly remarkable ways.

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