Using Color Psychology When Decorating Your Home

Using color psychology when decorating your home

Turning a house into a home takes effort. Here's how color psychology can make things easier when it comes to decorating your home.

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We’ve all been there – you’re decorating a new house and it’s exciting because you have a blank slate… but it’s also overwhelming because, well.. you have a blank slate.

Or maybe you aren’t starting from scratch but you’ve gotten tired of the same old thing and you’re ready to start over with a new color palette.

Here’s how color psychology can help you find a starting place when decorating your living space.

Color Psychology Helps Create the Right Mood​

It’s long been known that color affects everything from your mood to your ability to concentrate. So when it comes to decorating, why not put that knowledge to use?

Learn how the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple can effectively be put to use in your home, or skip ahead to the infographic for a summary.

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The Color Psychology of Red

Red is an assertive color, the color of confidence and passion. It is linked to primitive needs like survival and self-preservation.

Red should be used sparingly when decorating or it can overwhelm and agitate. It is a warm color but can darken a room and make small rooms feel suffocating. Use it for accent walls, add a pop of red with pillows, vases, throws or area rugs.

Red can often be found in dining rooms as it is believed to stimulate the appetite.

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The Color Psychology of Orange

Orange is a happy color, the color of balance. It can promote a sense of well being and help people recover from disappointment and loss.

Orange is a warm color that adds the illusion of heat and comfort to a room, but if the orange is too bright it can cause eye strain and feelings of agitation or unrest.

In living areas, orange works well as an accent color on walls or in accessories, even larger pieces of furniture like a chair or a console table. Since orange is a motivational and energizing color it works especially well in exercise rooms.

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The Color Psychology of Yellow

Yellow is the color of sunshine, it creates energy and inspires happiness. Yellow also promotes increased mental activity and can encourage communication.

On the other hand, too much yellow can cause a lack of focus, and bright yellow is straining to the eye.

Pale yellows are good for walls and furniture, while darker yellows should be balanced by blues or greens, and used sparingly.

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The Color Psychology of Green

Green is the color of nature, restful and renewing. It is a cool color, easy on the eyes and helps alleviate anxiety, depression, and nervousness.

Green is an excellent color for walls, accent pieces and window coverings. Pair it with white to create a clean, neutral palette or with blue to create a tranquil retreat.

Living rooms, patios and studies can benefit from an infusion of green.

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The Color Psychology of Blue

Blue is the color of inspiration. Lighter shades of blue can create a feeling of space and tranquility. Blue also makes a room feel cooler.

However, darker blues can be inhibiting. They decrease appetite and discourage conversation, so they should be used as accents when used in home decor.

Lighter shades of blue work well on walls and accent pieces in the living room or den.

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The Color Psychology of purple

Purple is the color of imagination and creativity. It is calming and uplifting. Purple can both warm and cool a space.

Too much purple can cause aggravation, but when used as an accent color it can make a room seem rich.

Purple is ideal for craft rooms, music rooms, or other areas of the house where creativity is encouraged.

Whatever look you’re going for, you can achieve it using color psychology. Decorating doesn’t have to be hard!

Want a cheat sheet?

Our infographic makes color psychology even easier to implement. Download it here.

Infographic: Color Psychology to use when decorating your home

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