10 Color Associations That Can Affect Your Mood & Transform Your Home

Have you heard of the psychology of color?  Colors make you feel emotions, so why not create the emotion of your choice in your home?  This article reveals the emotional power of 10 popular colors.


Red stimulates the body and mind.  It increases your metabolism and your blood pressure, and makes you more alert.  Because red stimulates appetite, food tastes better when surrounded by red.  So it is a great color to splash in dining rooms.  Red can make a person feel passionate and excited.  But beware – too much red can evoke anger and lead to anxiety.


Orange is a cheerful, happy, friendly color. It is associated with thirst and refreshment. It’s also associated with movement and creates a sense of order. It is also considered an antidepressant with social gregarious, active, jovial side and bold enough to decrease hostility and irritability,  Consider orange or accents of this color wherever you want to add it’s friendly energy.


Blue acts like red’s opposite.  It decreases the pulse rate, lowers body temperature, and reduces appetite.  Blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is great to use in rooms where relaxation is desired.  People are also more productive in blue rooms, so if you need a little kick in the pants, try blue for your home office.


Yellow has been proven to stimulate the brain. This stimulation can make you more alert and decisive.  It helps memory and promotes clear thinking.  With a yellow kitchen, you just might not need that extra cup of coffee in the morning!


Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect.  It helps us balance and soothe our emotions.  Green relaxes our muscles and helps us breathe deeper and slower. Studies show that those who have a green work environment experience fewer stomachaches.  But beware!  Although green creates feeling of comfort, it can also cause laziness.


Purple is a mysterious color.  It is the combination of two complete opposites – red and blue.  Purple can be invigorating or calming, depending on how much red or blue is in the shade.  Use purple in rooms where you want to feel creative or spiritual because it balances the mind.


Gray lacks assertiveness, but suggests intelligence, guarded behavior, a sense of discipline. If you are looking to add a sense of sophistication to a space, gray may be the very color you are looking for.


Brown conveys warmth and comfort, solidarity, positive food associations (from the orange family), and evokes less intense behavioral responses. You may want to consider brown for any of those rooms you would like to feel cozy and relaxed, perhaps a family room or bath.


White indicates purity, innocence, cleanliness, youth, naivete. White can make a great backdrop if you are a person who loves a lot of art on your walls. The “purity” of the walls will allow the art to stand out.


Black suggests sophistication, elegance, dignity, power, worldliness, aloofness, intimidation, and mystery. I believe black works best in small doses and most rooms could use a dose.

Remember that color has a profound effect on how we feel.  Decide how you want to feel, and use color to achieve your goal!