Colors can influence the way you feel. Color psychology studies how color influences your mood and behavior. Color therapy uses this knowledge to affect you positively. Architects and designers have been using this knowledge to elevate their designs for centuries and you can change how a room makes you feel just by choosing the right color.
The first step is to consider what activity you are going to do in each room. Then, you will choose the right color to encourage that activity. For example, if you want a space to rest after a busy day, or on the contrary, you want to be stimulated and focused. Just by following some simple tips, you can choose the right color for each room in your house.
Choosing the right color
Even when color perception is subjective, some colors have the same effect in different people. Red and other colors in the same spectrum like pink, orange, and yellow can provoke feelings ranging from warmth and comfort to anger, and colors closer to the blue spectrum can evoke a feeling of calmness and relaxation but can also cause sadness and indifference. Let’s see some colors and their effects individually.
This color is related to tranquility and depth because it is the color of the sky and the ocean. It has healing, calming, and relaxing effects so it is a great choice for rooms where you want to feel calm. It is a great choice for bedrooms, prayer rooms, and bathrooms. It is believed that blue can slow metabolism and suppress appetite so use with caution or it may cause depression.
It is very used in fast food because it stimulates appetite and movement. Red and other colors of the same spectrum like orange and earth tones like brown and beige work well in foyers and living rooms because they motivate conversation. Red is related to passion, love, and desire but also to danger so used in excess can cause anxiety.
It is in the center of the color spectrum so it has a balancing power and is directly related to nature, so it can restore your spiritual balance and that connection between body and soul. It is linked with the circulatory system, lungs, and thymus gland. It is not necessary to paint an entire room to enjoy its benefits. Indoor plants can do the trick.
It can create an atmosphere of excitement, enthusiasm, and fun. It also encourages outgoingness, sociability, and creativity. Orange is perfect for gyms, art rooms, and kid’s play areas. It is not recommendable for bedrooms or spaces where you want to relax.
It represents joy and intelligence. It can brighten up your space but also promotes memory and concentration, and stimulates brain activity. Yellow accessories, desks, and chairs are perfect to furnish a study room. It is believed that babies are very sensitive to this color so it is not recommended to use it in babies’ rooms.