Whether you notice it or not, room color can affect mood and influence thoughts. Certain colors tend to get a similar reaction out of most people with the shades and tones making more of an impact, so it’s important to choose wisely.
When selecting color for a room, it’s important to keep in mind how it will make you and your family feel and know that each color has a psychological affect. The main color of a room can affect your mood making you feel anything from rage to tranquility. The best question to ask before painting a room is, what mood do you want to create? Which colors will help you achieve that mood? Light colors are expansive and airy, they make rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance. So, let’s dive into what each color can make you feel:
Red: Red raises a room’s energy level. It’s a good choice if you want to stir up excitement as it draws people together and stimulates conversation. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed up respiration and heart rate. Try out Mythic’s Spring Cosmos.
Crimson: This color has been shown to make some people irritable. This is a color that should be avoided as the main color of a room since it can encourage rage and hostility. Sitting for long periods of time in this room can disturb any feelings of peace and tranquility that you may be trying to achieve in the home. While this color may not be the best choice for the entire room, it could work as an accent wall. Try Mythic’s Simply Beautiful.
Yellow: Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It’s perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms where happy colors are energizing and uplifting. While cheery, yellow is the color that is most fatiguing on the eyes so perhaps use sparingly. Mythic’s Sunny Side Up works perfectly.
Blue: Blue brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. This is why it is considered calming and relaxing. It is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Just be sure to coordinate it with warm hues in the furnishings and fabrics. Check out Mythic’s Blue Streak.
Green: Green is considered the most restful color for the eye and is suited for almost any room in the house. In the kitchen, a sage or medium green helps cool things down, in a living room it encourages unwinding and in a bedroom it promotes a feeling of relaxation and pleasant thoughts. Green definitely has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. Try Mythic’s Garden Escape.
Purple: Purple in its darkest shades is rich, dramatic and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent wall, it gives the room depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, without the risk of feeling cold. Try out Mythic’s Lavender Splash.
Orange: Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a traditional color for living rooms or bedrooms, it can be seen as a more modern choice or good for an exercise room. It can also be used in a creative office setting. Experiment with Mythic’s Ember’s Glow.
Neutrals (Gray, Black, White and Brown): Neutrals are the basic colors to a decorator’s palette. These colors are typically used for accenting, but brown, white and gray can be seen as the main color of the room as well. Some experts believe that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth. Some Mythic neutrals to try out are Covered In Darkness (pictured below), Grey Grove, Big Ben and Pet Rock.