After going through 2020 many people realized their homes affected their mood being stuck indoors. Color has a big impact on some people’s mood, and choosing the right ones can significantly make a change.
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. Studies have shown that simply changing out colors in a room 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 and affect your mood. Each year major manufacturers select colors. Those choices are made on various factors. Some designers are excited to embrace while others absolutely abhor them. To some they may feel too passé from the ’70s and ’80s when they were popular. But like fashion everything is cyclical. So how do you pick colors that you will love in your house?
Choosing the right color
I advise clients to find a color that they love to use as the main color, this is one that you will have the most of throughout your home. How do you find the main 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. It may be the color that connects your rooms and spaces together or it might be just in the room you spend the most time in. This color will set the mood for the other colors you will use. 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 favorite 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 colors in the connecting area that complements. Playing with a mix of colors can be fun. Narrowing the colors down can be more of a challenge.
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, or color consult. The time spent will be well worth the minimal cost and save you time and money in the long run.
If the color you love is in the majority of the space in your home, it can significantly change your mood and feelings. I would love to see your transformations of your spaces that lift your mood!
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