It doesn’t take a home design specialist to realize that different color choices provoke different emotions and moods. The effect of color on moods is a strange science deeply rooted in psychology, and marketers and interior designers have long been taking advantage of this phenomenon. Some colors can instill anger or irritability, others excitement and liveliness and others tranquility and relaxation. When you’re choosing colors for your home, it’s best to select the hues that make you feel your best.
by Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech
by Ziger/Snead Architects
A positive mood is important – but there are different types of positive moods and the best color for a room is directly related to the room’s purpose. For example, the color black or dark gray can be overbearing – but if done correctly the color can instill a sense of power and authority, which is why it is heavily featured in corporate offices. Here are some mood color tips divided by room:
Foyer – This is the first room most people see upon entering your home, so it’s best to use a color that is stimulating and friendly. Warm tones – such as oranges and beiges – are thought to inspire conversation and cast a welcoming glow.
by Mosca Photo
Dining Room – Red is a popular choice for dining areas because it encourages appetite. This is why you so often see red walls in restaurants. In addition, red can also be an awakening and stimulating color which can do wonders for bringing people together over a delicious meal.
by Mitchell Construction Group
Kitchen – The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and is one room where you likely spend a great deal of time. Some of the best colors for kitchens include blues or yellows and white. These colors are friendly and can err on the side of whimsical or serious depending upon your personal taste.
by Chr DAUER Architects
Bedroom – The primary purpose of a bedroom is rest and relaxation. Thus, it is best to choose colors that inspire a feeling or tranquility. Soft blues, earthy greens and lavender are often the best choices to help you relax. However, darker colors have an ever greater effect – which is why deep blues and dark purples are also bedroom favorites. When it comes to adding color to your home, always start by choosing the shades you connect with the most.
Sleeping Beauty Bedroom / by Martha O’Hara Interiors / Photography: Troy Thies + Photostyling: Shannon Gale
by Nicole Hollis / Ben Mayorga Photography