Happy Home 101: Colors & Your Mood (#1)

Are you thinking of what colors to paint your blank walls? Do you have a room in your house that feels a little “off”? Maybe it has something to do with the color of the room. Modern research has shown that when our eyes connect with a color, our brains release different chemicals that impact us on a level that is both physical and emotional. By using this knowledge, we can manipulate our moods by painting our walls a certain color.

Though there are a ton of different options on the color wheel, but don’t get too overwhelmed! There are 6 distinguishable colors that we can choose from that have lasting effects on mood, according to Lisa Byrne, the author of, “Color me happy: use color to impact the mood of your home.”

  1. Red
  • Red is associated with high energy and power. It is the color our eyes are drawn to first in a room, so a little can go a long way.
  • Red signals courage, ambition and strength. It promotes alertness and speed, and connects us to our physical self.
  • Red may help instill confidence, get us going when we need to be active or task-oriented, and can help as an appetite stimulant.
  • When there is too much red present, or if someone is sensitive to reds, they may experience feelings of irritation, anger or hostility. Often, red is best suited as an accent color instead of the primary color in decor.

2. Orange

  • Orange is a warm, inviting, and joyful color. It invokes feelings of sociability, enjoyable connection, and happiness.
  • Orange has an emotionally strong presence, and promotes extroverted behavior – a fantastic color to use in gathering spaces to promote interaction and relationship building.
  • Because orange contains red, it can also be overused. Too much orange (or an orange that is too bright or intense) can create overwhelming, irritating or frustrating feelings.

3. Yellow

  • Yellow is the color of optimism, brightness, cheery attitude and mental clarity.
  • Yellow promotes creative, clear, upbeat thinking and decision making.
  • Yellow can be helpful in easing depression and encouraging laughter.
  • Studies have shown that over-exposure to yellow, especially intense and deep yellows, can increase irritability, crying, hyperactivity, and can shorten tempers in babies and children (as well as adults).

4. Green

  • Green is a tremendously pleasing color. It has many positive qualities — invoking renewal, balance, refreshment and peace — which provides a calming influence and stress reducer.
  • An excellent way to bring green into your home spaces is with indoor houseplants or herb gardens.
  • While there is not a strongly negative aspect to too much green, it can promote laziness and lack of initiative if overused.

5. Blue

  • Blue promotes rest and calm and is a very popular color (the majority of people will respond that their favorite color is blue).
  • Blue can be very effective to help ward off insomnia and promote a deep relaxing sleep. It can help balance hyperactivity in children, and promotes imagination and intuitive thinking.
  • While blue can often be tolerated in higher amounts than other colors, it is a cool color, and too much blue can shift into feelings of apathy, pessimism, or separation from others.
  • Balancing blues with a warmer, more relational color is a great idea for gathering spaces in a home.

6. Violet

  • Violet is often the favorite color of adolescent girls, it stimulates the problem solving areas in our brain, and it promotes creativity, intuition and artistic ability.
  • In design, violet communicates richness and sophistication.
  • Overuse of violet may result in feelings of insecurity or suppression of emotions.

Have you read over a color description that suited your personality? Perhaps you should pay attention to which colors repel you and which attract you. The colors you put in your home will be perceived by guests in a general way, but what is most important is how you feel around them. If you still aren’t sure which colors to place in the rooms of your home, it will help to think, “how do I want to feel when I walk into my living room?” Do you want to feel relaxed and peaceful? Or do you want to feel warm and cozy? Perhaps both? There are ways you can tie in more than one color, it just takes some planning first.



Link to Lisa Bryne’s post: