Does Your Paint Color Walls Affect Your Mood? 

Colors have been known to affect things such as health, mood, success in business and value of a product. Placebo pills may be colored blue or orange, depending on what the desired result is for an individual’s state of mind and wellbeing. Sale signs may be yellow or orange, indicating a good deal. Colors may be used in marketing to give the appearance of royalty. Paint color on the wall may be used to encourage mood or behavior adjustment.

Paint Color and Your Mood

In terms of room colors, the room you spend the most time in shouldn’t be painted to make you feel depressed. A room you relax, nap or sleep in shouldn’t make you feel irritable. A room you dine in shouldn’t make your guests want to take a snooze in the pasta dinner. So, if you can get the general idea of color in your mind, you may be able to plan your room for it’s specific purpose according to the feeling it invokes.

Look at Your Walls and Think About It.

See if the list of colors may be an indicator of the mood brought on when you hang out in a certain room of your house. Maybe you like the color and decor, but if it isn’t making you feel the way you prefer to feel, it could be a good idea to go paint shopping.

Colors & Mood:

  • Reds stimulate passion, hunger, power, and strength. Stimulates appetite. May be over stimulating enough to raise blood pressure, or even stimulate anger or headaches.
  • Pink usually indicates love and peacefulness, fun & feminine.
  • Oranges: May stimulate the appetite, or even boost self confidence. May cause sleep disturbances.
  • Yellow: May stimulate metabolism, and boost energy & cheer. Sometimes causes excess nervousness.
  • Green stimulates thought, promotes healing, reduces stress, and creates feeling of peace and tranquillity. Natural sages and olive greens may promote a peaceful feeling as well.
  • Blues encourage rest, calm, relaxation, comfort.  May boost productivity. May suppress the appetite.
  • Purple typically implies regal royalty. May promote spirituality, or calm nervousness or fear/anxiety.
  • Warm beiges or creams create a warm and welcoming feeling, which may encourage conversation.
  • Browns or caramel earth tones, may provide warmth and welcoming feeling. If overused, it may have the opposite effect and cause boredom or annoyance.
  • White: Purity and cleanliness. Overuse may cause lack of fulfillment or emotion. Cool or chalky whites may make the room feel cold or unwelcoming.

Other Side Effects of Colors

  • Blues, purple and greens may curb hunger.
  • Grey shades can increase depression if used in excess without complimenting with other colors.
  • Soft tans or light mauves or pinks may make skin look better.
  • Black may be used as a symbol of elegance or darkness. Cons: Overuse may prevent feelings of warmth and well being. May also cause feeling of doom. Pros: May be used as an accent that goes well with silver or pinks to create a feminine space.

Any of the above colors may be associated with reactions that may not be suitable for you. For example, too much red may cause an alarming feeling if it’s too bold and bright. Putting the wrong yellow with green may look displeasing to the eye. After a while, we may not even feel the difference in the colors and how they affect our moods. We just know we don’t like the feeling we have when we’re in the room.

You may become “blind” to the color, or it may not affect you at all anymore, yet a conpletely different color may affect you significantly. Or, your guests may be provoked to the feeling and want to stay longer or leave sooner. The darker or more intense the color is, the more likely it is to potentially affect our moods. Imagine your room is an entirely different color. Picture it when you look around the room. You may love the idea of having a color on the wall, but will it affect your mood once it’s up? Is your current paint possibly affecting your mood?

Stick me in a blue room during daylight and it won’t feel right, as I detest certain blues which make me feel depressed. In the same blue room, you may feel an automatic sense of calm. Colors are not scientifically guaranteed to make you feel a certain way as long as it’s on the walls. For example, winter can make the entire room feel different if it has a neutral light color on the wall. Seasons can also strongly affect the color you want to see in the room. When it’s cold out, we tend to want to see warm colors. When it’s hot out, blues, or cool colors might sound better to you. Lightbulbs can help affect your mood too, by choosing warm or soft glow.

Experiment with Color: Change or Add Some Accents

If you aren’t changing all the walls to create a new feeling upon entering, you can experiment with a different color by using accent pieces. Bring in pictures, pillows, blankets and throw rugs to add more of the color you prefer, but be careful to use the right shade of the color, or you may end up with the wrong effect . If your room is too much of one color, you can pull in accents which are opposite on the color wheel to make it pop and create an interesting balance.

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You can mute colors a bit using various other accents as well. Gathering books with red covers and a few red candles can test the red theory and add splashes of color. Also, you can add life and warmth to a room by bringing in green plants to warm up the space, with some warm new pillows.

COLOR TEST – How paint color affects your mood.

Your relative invites you over for a holiday dinner.

Which room would you want to stay in the longest while eating, and socializing?

Which one makes you want to leave?

Which one makes you disgusted and lose your appetite?

Which one just doesn’t feel right when you look at it at first glance?

Which one makes you want to take a nap instead of eat cake?

If you hated socializing and secretly wanted to scare off your guests and make them leave right after dinner, which one would likely do the trick?

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Color can be fun, exciting and energizing. It can change the entire look and feel of a room. Go ahead and attack the room you are second guessing and see if it helps your mood.

Review Tips

Reds may be bad for naps.

Blues may not be the best for dining.

Greys are not suggested to aid in depression.

Pinks may not be good for the office.

Greens may not be good to make you want to exercise.

Yellow may be good to wake you up, but not to make you feel drowsy and ready for sleep.

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