Color Psychology for the Home

We all know that color can affect our mood and emotions. Color psychology is a fascinating study that’s been applied in the workplace and shopping complexes to encourage certain behaviors. Maybe you should put greater consideration to how color is used in your home.


Blues go a long way to calm and relax. Warm blues, gray blues, and bright cheerful blues can go a long way to create an environment that is peaceful serene. It’s an especially good color for bedrooms and bathrooms. Blues have even shown to decrease blood pressure and heart rate. You’ll find that bringing blues and gray-blues into the living room and kitchen are quite on trend right now. In these spaces you may want to consider making blue the accent and pair it with warm neutrals in these areas.


Red impacts us emotionally quite different than blue does. Red stimulates and boosts energy. In general, warm tones and colors encourage togetherness and conversation. It’s a great color for dining rooms and in the living rooms. If you have a large living space it is especially well suited but you may want to scale it back and use it as an accent when in a smaller living room.



Yellow is just about one of the trickiest colors out there. It’s hard not to smile when you’re around yellow but it’s also known to make tempers flare a bit. Warm yellows can work great in a living room and work similarly to red in that it also encourages conversation and togetherness.



When it all shakes out you really can’t go wrong with green. It embraces most of the positive attributes of the other colors and it’s disadvantages are far less. You can really only go wrong if you’re draping a room with pea soup green and have little to no natural light. Green relaxes in a similar fashion to blue but evokes a similar cheerfulness to yellow. Overall, it’s a great color for rooms for both common and private.


This is a big basket catch-all for black, gray, browns, and whites. Neutrals are the best starting point for most every room in the home. They are flexible and allow you to change out the feel of your room with ease. Starting your rooms with neutrals and complimenting them with accents of the colors above well help you achieve that feeling in the room without having to commit to the color for the long haul if you find that it isn’t your cup of tea after all. You can also decorate a room completely in neutrals. Working with cooler or warmer hues to evoke feelings of calm or liveliness.

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Have you picked colors for your home because of feelings they evoke? What colors have you chosen for what rooms? Have you used purple, orange, or any other color we didn’t highlight? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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