Everything in your environment can influence your mood, from the presence of plants to how you choose to organize your desk. However, the surrounding colors can be especially powerful—some can help to soothe you, while others could give you that boost of energy you need to increase your productivity. This guide will help you choose the right colors for you, whether you’re redecorating or just looking to adjust your décor.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, green evokes memories of the natural world, and it can, therefore, make people feel calmer and more centered. You can use this association in a variety of creative ways. For example, a bathroom with green tiles could make that bubble bath even more relaxing, and a bedroom with a green duvet could be a great location for practicing mindfulness exercises. Green is also easy on the eyes, so green décor around your computer might even reduce eyestrain.
Color experts claim that red can increase levels of energy and stimulate lively conversation. Consequently, it might be ideal for a dining room or den, but might not be the perfect choice in a bedroom! Interestingly, some studies show alike between exposure to shades of red and increases in both blood pressure and heart rate, so it’s best to avoid letting red dominate any rooms where you plan to rest or relax.
Yellow appears to vary in its influence. For example, small touches of yellow (such as a vase of daffodils or a bright yellow rug) seem to make people feel more welcome and comfortable. However, there is some interesting research that suggests people may be more irritable in a room that has bright yellow walls, so you may want to err on the side of using this color conservatively.
While pink may seem like a jarring or bold choice of color, there is evidence to suppose that it can calm racing thoughts and relax the mind. Studies on how people react to pink hues suggest that this response may only last for 30-60 minutes, but being around pink décor may still give you that initial boost in concentration that you need to start a productive work or study session.
Some interior designers encourage people to consider choosing shades of orange for kitchen areas, as it is widely thought to stimulate the appetite and perhaps even elicit more enthusiastic responses to food. Orange may also stimulate creativity, so if you have a study or an art studio then it’s worth adding some bright orange items.
Dominating a room with white will instantly make it feel larger, which is a handy fact to know if you need to make a small bedroom seem less claustrophobic. However, it pays to be careful with white, as when used in excess it can create a sense of emptiness or sterility. Try mixing it with brighter colored objects (such as rugs, paintings, and lamps).
Firstly, it’s worth noting that the coolest shades of blue may actually make your body feel colder, so if you don’t live in a temperate climate then a cool blue room could leave you feeling like you need to do an extra sweater. However, brighter and deeper blues are known to have a soothing, calming effect, making them a good choice for bedrooms. Just as reds have been shown to raise blood pressure, blues have been shown to lower it. In addition, blue has the opposite effect to yellow when it comes to orange—it seems to suppress appetite.
While some think that brown is dull or depressing, studies on responses to color actually suggest that people tend to feel safer, more secure, and comfortable in rooms that feature a lot of browns. So, for example, a brown soda or carpet might be a good choice in a room where you like to relax and watch TV with your family.
Purple is suggestive of royalty and opulence, and this implicit association may help to make even a relatively simple purple room (or a room with lots of purple accessories) seem lavish. This is a useful tactic to employ in guest rooms, where you may not want to spend much money but still want to create an atmosphere that makes visitors feel like an effort has been made.