Creating Moods with Color

May 20, 2015

Besides the physical attributes of your home, the colors you choose to decorate your space are the foundation the rest of your home décor. Why? Because color is a universal, non-verbal language capable of creating a psychological or emotional response. As a result, the colors and manner in which we use them in our home can have an impact on our day-to-day moods. In order to effectively use color knowing how it will affect your space is one of the most important things to consider before undertaking any home design projects.

1.) Ask yourself what you want from the space

What mood do you want to create in your home? Is your kitchen a place for socializing and excitement or is it a domestic retreat where you go to relax and spend some alone time experimenting? Depending on your answer color you're looking for may change.

2.) Beware of Yellow and Red

Huffman Koos Yellow Mood Color

That's not to say that you can't use these colors in your home, just try to avoid over using them. Red is a great color for kitchens and dining rooms because it helps inspire conversation, and even increase appetite (which may not be such a great idea if you're watching your weight). Red can also raise blood pressure and create agitation if it's too bright or overpowering in a space. Similarly, soft pastel yellows or creamy yellows can brighten and liven up a space, but too much yellow can create anxiety and even have negative impacts on self-confidence by fostering feelings of self-doubt. Also try to keep bright yellow out of your bedroom...especially if you like to sleep. Yellow has a tendency to wake people up and energize them making it not the best fit for a rest space.

3.) Increase Your Productivity With Color

Trying to figure out a color for your home office or workspace? The most productive workspaces are shades of blue and green. Blue increases conceptual thinking and positive communication while green inspires wisdom, deep thinking and innovation.

4.) Consider Cool Colors for Quiet Spaces

Huffman Koos Cool Colors for Quiet Spaces

Like the office soft purples, blues, greens, and beiges are great for relaxing spaces like bedrooms, living rooms, and other areas of the house you go to escape the busy pace of life.

5.) Use Colors From Happy Memories

Many color experts recommend using colors that were used in your parent's home or other meaningful spaces because those colors can recreate the positive feelings you associated with those colors when you were younger.

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