To say that the color of your room affects your life might be an exaggeration. But is it? Some studies show that colors do have an effect on people’s moods, and even behavior. This got us thinking that, perhaps, colors might indeed have some degree of influence on our lives.
This article takes a crack at the scientific, well, maybe just anecdotal, background on how the color of your room affects your life.
How the Color of Your Room May Affect You
Colors evoke emotions from people, and they can affect your mood. Warm colors like red, orange, and yellow excite some people but others get upset or hostile. Meanwhile, cool colors such as green, blue, and purple are calming to some people but dispiriting to others.
Not only do colors affect the mood, but they also influence behavior. For example, red triggers alertness as it is a color that is perceived to signal danger. A place with red signs everywhere might cause people to act with caution
Now, your room (or rooms) is where you spend a significant chunk of your time. Knowing that colors do elicit a response from you, imagine having to see a color that you don’t particularly like and gives you bad vibes…all day, every day. Constant exposure to this creates energy that may be long-lasting and influences your life to some degree.
Colors that resonate with you in a positive way might, in turn, give you positive energy. Perhaps seeing these colors in your intimate space on a regular basis helps you do better in life.
Colors and Their Effect on Mood
The emotions evoked by different colors are not entirely universal. How you respond to color depends on your culture and personal experiences. But there are some colors, that elicit a more consistent response from people. This must be why interior designers and graphic artists gravitate toward certain colors for specific purposes.
Here are some of our color choices for your room. Just read on to find out how these colors might affect your mood.
The color of the summer sky and the sea, blue naturally brings tranquility to a room. It’s a good color for a bedroom because it’s relaxing, and it creates a cozy atmosphere. Go for pastel or warmer shades of blue to make your bedroom look serene but also bright.
Blue also inspires security and stability. As you’ve noticed, many companies these days use blue for their branding and marketing. The color helps them project and reinforce a reliable image to customers – think Facebook, Hewlett Packard, or PayPal. This is why blue is also a nice choice for a home office.
Yellow imbues warmth and energy. It grabs attention and invokes more defined (even intense) emotions compared to the other colors in this article. As a color for your room, it can make the space younger and more vibrant.
As the color of the sun, yellow can uplift your mood. This might be a good thing for gray and rainy days. But tread lightly with this color because too much yellow can evoke uneasiness and frustration.
Like blue, green also reminds us of nature. It resonates with health and wellness as the color is refreshing and invigorating. Because of this, green can make a nice color for a bedroom. Choose lighter shades of green to maintain a soothing aura in your sleeping space.
Green can help bring a serene atmosphere to a room, as the paint color, wallpaper, or curtain. But having actual plants and lush greenery inside a room provides revitalizing energy like no other.
Have you noticed how red is often associated with many fast-food chains? It’s because the color can help trigger appetite. It is a stimulating color that creates more energy and excitement.
Because of its tendency to raise energy levels, you might want to use red sparingly in a bedroom. It can still work, however, through strategic styling. Red may complement your other rooms more, like the lounge or the dining room.
Cream and other neutrals like light gray or white can make a room more balanced and peaceful. Plus, it’s a great color base for styling and decorating. While some people find colors of the beigey kind traditional and boring, their simplicity can be calming.
Light neutrals also make tiny rooms seem more spacious. So, if you happen to have a small room, cream and like colors, can help it look larger. A sense of more space can bring you a feeling of freedom, which can boost your mood.
Room Colors and Styling
Room colors do have an effect on your mood, which one way or another influence how you think and act. But even if you choose a room color that helps you create the energy you want in a room, it can still fall short if the interior design and styling are bad.
Here at T.Y. Fine Furniture, we make it a point to design and create pieces that are versatile. We try to bring out the natural beauty of the wood we use with our organic, food-grade finish. And, we find that wooden furniture with natural color and texture often goes well with any paint color.
If you’re planning to refurbish your room, check out our solid wood options so that you can upgrade your furniture.
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