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Using Color to Boost Your Mood

November 6th, 2012

Using Color to Boost Your Mood

Did you know that blue plates make you eat less because it tricks your brain into thinking the food is less appealing?  (something to think about when you register for china)  You can create different moods in your home by using different colors.

20 Ways to Use Color Psychology

Yahoo! Homes posted a list of 20 ways to use color psychology in your home.

  1. Create the illusion of space with bright colors
  2. Appeal to a highly educated crowd with complex colors
  3. Build appetites in your kitchen with red
  4. Use foyer blends to naturally combine interior and exterior paint
  5. Warm up your home with deep tones during the winter
  6. Cool off in the summer with colder colors
  7. Use colors from your past
  8. Use relaxing colors in relaxing rooms
  9. Stay away from red if you have high blood pressure
  10. Flatter yourself with a familiar color in the bathroom
  11. Combine moods for an aggressive workout room
  12. Concentrate in your home office with green
  13. Inspire optimism with yellow
  14. Don’t be fooled by purple
  15. Blend brown for a natural look in your den
  16. Black isn’t just for a teenager’s room
  17. Use pink for tranquility in a meditation room
  18. There’s a reason bathroom fixtures are usually white
  19. Trust orange for a sick room or asthmatic child’s room
  20. When all else fails, look to nature
Go to the web page to read the reasons behind these tips.

More Information on Color Psychology

Once upon a time, pink was the correct color for baby boys, and blue for girls even as recently as the ’30s.  It was supposed to show off the healthy color.  We dress in certain colors that accentuate our coloring and moods.  For an additional resource on learning about the effects of colors on interior design, go here.
There are click on areas for colors like white, grey, black, brown, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, and yellow.  Further down, you’ll see general guidelines for applying color in your home.
  • Saturated colors from the yellow/orange/red section of the color wheel tend to raise our energy levels, while colors from theblue/green section calm us down, both physically and emotionally.
  • This is not always true for less saturate shades/tints of these colors. Look at the picture below and test it for yourself: How do you respond to this vibrant, put-your-eyes-out geranium red, compared to the muted brick red (with yellow, brown and gray in it)? And what’s your take on that bubble-gum pink?
  • Neutral color schemes are generally found relaxing (and boring, by some – it does take a bit of practice to make a neutral color scheme look stylish.) Click here for ideas on how to create neutral color palettes – they can work in any room in the house.
  • Dark colors generally make a room feel smaller; it doesn’t really matter if they are ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ colors. (On the other hand, it takes more than light wall color to make a room seem larger than it is.)

No two people see color in the exact same way.  How will you update your home to make it feel more like home for you?

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