Ever wondered why you feel energized by merely looking at your neighbor’s bright red door? Or why you feel relaxed after staring at the various shades of green outdoors? Or how gloomy you become when you’re in a stark, gray hospital? It may have something to do with color psychology.
It’s no secret that colors have the power to influence our mood. Some colors evoke feelings of happiness and positivity, while some hues trigger negative emotions. If you want to use colors for boosting your mood every day, one of the smartest ways is by incorporating them you’re your interior design.
While there’s no universal set of rules for choosing paint, you’ll probably want to fill your humble abode with colors that make you happy.
To create a happy home environment, interior designers and home builders alike suggest using these 5 uplifting colors.
1. Yellow for Happiness and Optimism
Looking for the happiest and most uplifting color? Look no further – yellow is the color that’s mostly associated with cheeriness. Yellow resembles the warm sunlight and has this subtle, luminous quality that awakens the senses.
Scientifically speaking, yellow is a natural source of positive energy and sparks feelings of happiness. It is reported to cause the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of well being. Apart from uplifting the spirits, it can also stimulate creativity and intellectual energy.
Whether bold and bright or soft and airy, yellow has the power to bring vibrancy to any room. Just be careful with using bright yellows or an overwhelming amount of yellow. Studies found that too much use can reverse the effect and cause frustration and anger. Soft yellows, like amber brew, are your best bet.
If you think it’s becoming overpowering, simply allow pops of yellow (accent wall, throws, furniture, decors) to shine against sophisticated gray and neutral backdrops.
Perfect for: Bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms
2. Green for Balance, Growth, and Renewal
Green has a natural soothing effect that allows our eyes to rest and relieves stress. It mimics nature – the lush green pastures and trees that are just pleasing to see. Green also promotes balance for it’s warm and cool at the same time. It is a perfect mix of yellow and blue, having the cheeriness of the former and the refreshing vibe of the latter.
Whether it’s bright yellow-green or grayed down into soft green or sage, green never fails to bring positive energy into space. Green, in its softer form, has a shade that aids relaxation and concentration. In its bolder shades, it can have a galvanizing effect.
Aside from using the refreshing tone for your walls, furniture, artworks, and other decors, incorporate the color of nature through fresh plants or translucent glass windows, doors, and walls that link the room seamlessly to the outdoors.
Perfect for: Living room, bedroom (softer shades), and bathroom
3. Blue for Calmness, Relaxation, and Serenity
Blue evokes feelings of tranquility. It mimics the calm skies and cool, pristine waters of the ocean. Blue is also beneficial to the mind and body. Scientifically speaking, blue has the power to bring down the blood pressure and slow the respiration and heart rate. Dark blue, on the other hand, has the opposite effect. It induces intense feelings of sadness, thus should not be used often.
The relaxing effects are particularly felt with lighter shades. Bolder shades, on the other hand, work best for one’s productivity as blue rooms promote focus and concentration. If you want to be productive without raising your heart rate, opt for blue rather than red.
The only downside with blue is it can feel too cold. To warm things up, balance the cool shade with warm undertones for the furnishings and fabrics, especially if the room receives little natural light.
Perfect for: Bathrooms, bedrooms (lighter shades), study rooms, and office.
4. Pink for Youth and Vigor
Whether it’s a sweet pastel pink or a vibrant living coral, it’s hard not to smile with a shade of pink in the room. Pink, particularly the paler shades, symbolizes romance and sensuality, while the vibrant versions signify fun, energy, and optimism. Most folks who choose pink are loving and generous individuals.
Using pink is another alternative to using red. Red is an intense color that has the power to raise a room’s energy level. Adversely, it can also raise one’s heart rate and evoke irritability and rage.
Pink is best used in rooms where you want to stir up excitement and stimulate conversation. As for bedrooms, a lighter shade of pink is perfect. Just be mindful that pink can make a place look cramped and small. They are best used for spaces with large windows and rooms that receive lots of light.
Perfect for: Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms (lighter shades)
5. Violet for Mindfulness, and Creativity
The colors that promote positive energy don’t always come as light and vivid. Dark violet, for example, may appear dark and moody but it can help create a place for focus, creativity, and reflection. Darker shades are rich, dramatic, and sophisticated, and even associated with luxury and royalty.
Muted tones, contrastingly, draw you in and provide a sense of retreat and relaxation. Lighter versions, like lavender and lilac, induce feelings of rest and are best used in bedrooms.
Perfect for: Bedrooms (lighter tones), dining rooms (darker tones)
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a resident writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney. She loves looking out for new home décor trends and writing articles focused on real estate and interior design.