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Can the Colors of Your House Affect Your Mood?

By February 14, 2016March 7th, 20182 Comments

Spending more time indoors can affect your mood, winter the days, are shorter, colder, making us feel cooped up. Being inside more the colors you use in decorating your rooms can also affect your mood. If the colors in the rooms are not quite right they could be causing you to feel depressed, lethargic, and sluggish. By simply changing out colors in a room it can lift your mood significantly.

Color plays a role in how we feel about a lot of things consciously and subconsciously. Think of food, if the color is a little off we won’t go near it. Would you want to dig into a juicy green steak? When looking at products manufactures know which colors will outperform in sales over others. They might throw in a “pop” color just to test but stores will most likely invest less in that different color over the tried and true they know will sell.

Think of your home, the color in some rooms can affect your mood. Do you have a favorite room in your house? Think of the colors that are in it, they probably play a big role in why you love that room. Let’s face the fact, color is personal.  Colors evoke emotions, look at the 2016 colors that Pantone selected this year; a soft pink – Rose Quartz and soft blue- Serenity. Some designers are excited to embrace while others absolutely abhor them. They feel that the colors are too passé from the 80’s when they were popular. But like fashion everything is cyclical. So how do you pick colors that you will love in your house?

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I advise clients to find a color that they love to use as a base color, this is one that you will have the most of throughout your home. How do you find a base color? Look in your closet and see what colors of clothing you tend to navigate toward, or try creating a collection of things you love on Pinterest board and you will start seeing a reoccurring color.

The main color that you love should be on the walls of rooms that are visible to one another. If you get stressed picking colors choose a lighter tone of the color or softer feeling which will play a little more neutral. To amp, it up add accessories in darker shades of your fav color. As a simplified rule, choose three colors per living floor space i.e. upstairs can be treated differently than downstairs. Use a neutral but complementary color to connect spaces such as hallways. If you are using more neutrals for the main areas of the house, you can use bolder color in the connecting area that complements too.  If choosing a color freaks you out, get a base idea of what you like, gather some pictures that inspire you and contact a local professional to help you with a paint consult. The time spent will be well worth the minimal cost and save you time and money in the long run.

pop of color

If the color you love is in the majority of the space in your home, it can significantly change your mood and feel about rooms that you think are not that great. I would love to see your transformations of your spaces that lift your mood!

Other good reads:

Your House is The Boss When Choosing Colors

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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