Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood

The colors of the rooms within your home need to bring out your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects every day of our lives. Room color can influence our mood and our thoughts. Colors affects people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colors or groups of colors tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. So when it comes to decorating, it is important to choose wisely.

In order to have a beautiful home, you do not have to worry about trends. Color trends will come and go. The people who live in a home make it beautiful by choosing colors that reflect their likes and their personalities. The trick is to blend those colors you like into a pleasing combination. Choosing color combinations is one of the most intimidating steps for beginners. Color has the power to change the shape and size of furnishings as well as the shape and size of the room itself. Selecting colors is not difficult if you equip yourself with some basic information about color and its effects, so let’s find out more about room colors, and how these influence your mood.

Choose Wisely!

Keep in mind that each color has a psychological value. Think about how those colors make you feel- they can influence any feeling from tranquility to rage. So when trying to create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colors wisely. Some colors in large amounts will have just the opposite affect on you and your loved ones’ moods.

What mood do you want to create? Which colors will help you achieve that mood?

Find clear answers to these questions. If you find this task difficult try to look at magazines, decorating books, blogs and websites for ideas, or let your fabric be your guide. In fact, this is a good approach to take even if you’re starting from scratch. Fabric, carpeting, furniture and tile are available in a more limited range of colors than paint, so choose them first and then decide on your paint color. Once you find something you like, limit the number of colors in a room to no more than three or four. Too many colors can make a room look busy or cluttered. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else, so you can afford to experiment a little.

Room Colors and Their Effects

Understand that colors behave in three basic ways : active, passive, and neutral. You can easily match every room’s colors to your personal desires, to your taste taste and to the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance. Now let’s find out more about colors and what they can do to a room:

Red raises a room’s energy level. It is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if you’re only in the room after dark, you’ll be seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich, and elegant. Red, the most intense, pumps the adrenaline like no other hue.

Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy colors are energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. Even though yellow although is a cheery color, it is not a good choice to use in main color schemes when it comes to designing a room. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Babies also seem to cry more in a yellow room. In large amounts, this color tends to create feelings of frustration and anger in people. In chromotherapy, yellow is believed to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.

Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That is why it is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Be careful, however: a pastel blue that looks pretty on the paint chip can come across as unpleasantly chilly when it is on the walls and furnishings, especially in a room that receives little natural light. If you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues for the furnishings and fabrics. To encourage relaxation in the social areas ( family rooms, living rooms, large kitchens) consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. Go for softer shades of blue. Dark blue has the opposite effect, evoking feelings of sadness. So refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme. Stay with the lighter shades of blue to give you and your loved ones a calm effect.

Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room on the house. In the kitchen, green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. Also believed to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom.

Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.

Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring out all the emotions that you need released during your fitness routine. In ancient cultures orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

Neutrals (black, gray, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, you can rely on the interior designer’s most important color tool: the color wheel.

Crimson can make some people feel irritable. Invoking feels of rage and hostility, this is a color that should be avoided as the main color of a room. Sitting for long periods of time in a room painted in this color will likely affect the peace and harmony you are striving to create in your home.

Color Effects on Walls and Ceiling

The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower” need not mean claustrophobic: visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy. As a general rule, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.


These general guidelines are a good starting point in your search for a paint color. But remember that color choice is a very personal matter. You are the one who has to live with your new paint color, so choose a hue that suits you, your family and your lifestyle. If you have any other tips to share, please leave a comment below!


  • CIB3R April 18, 2007 at 08:35 AMLogin to Reply →

    Good post! My old room in my mothers house it’s painted in blue and the room on my actual house it’s painted in white. Anyhow I don’t feel any difference between one and other one.

  • Michael April 18, 2007 at 12:15 PMLogin to Reply →

    You feel them, but you are not aware of them. :) Just spend some time in a room, and study the effects.

  • Gene April 18, 2007 at 17:51 PMLogin to Reply →

    Very interesting! How about the colors that we wear everyday? Same ideas?

  • Josh April 18, 2007 at 21:05 PMLogin to Reply →

    What the hell this doesn’t even make sense. Yellow is supposed to convey happiness yet it has been known to invoke anger and rage in people? Lol

  • Leeann April 19, 2007 at 14:50 PMLogin to Reply →

    Just wanted to tell you that I appreciate the info. It not only applies to room color, but personality. When I was younger, I was more drawn to red and black, more energy and lots of stimulating conversations. Now that I am older, I have found more time to be creative and do things that I have always wanted to do. So now, my favorite color is purple. Interesting.

  • Jennifer April 19, 2007 at 18:47 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thanks for the advice on colors! I currently live in a “Neutral” space. Actually, every room in this apartment is a neutral white color. So I can’t wait to eventually get my own place and color the walls! >__

  • Jennifer April 19, 2007 at 18:48 PMLogin to Reply →

    (ahhh! One of the emotes I made chopped off my first comment!)
    Thanks for the advice on colors! I currently live in a “Neutral” space. Actually, every room in this apartment is a neutral white color. So I can’t wait to eventually get my own place and color the walls! When that time comes I’m definitely coming back to this article!

  • Chris Pietschmann April 19, 2007 at 18:59 PMLogin to Reply →

    Interesting… The walls surrounding the office where my cube and all my co-workers cubes are is dark blue.

  • Linda April 22, 2007 at 05:33 AMLogin to Reply →

    As adults red is stimulating for us, however if you follow Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposphical views, he indicates that it is the opposite for children. For children it has a claming effect, if you give a ‘rowdy’ child a pot of red (only)paint, the action of painting will calm him/her. Also if a child wears red clothing will also have a calming affect on them.

  • Dollie April 23, 2007 at 07:43 AMLogin to Reply →

    The bit about the ceiling color is interesting. I have VERY low ceilings, but instead of just leaving them a boring old white, I painted the entire ceiling in my bedroom with the same color as my walls, just 2 shades lighter. It gave the room the airy effect of a light colored ceiling while still allowing me to liven it up a bit. (Using 2 shades of the same color on the walls and ceiling also did wonders to tie in the rest of the decor in the room because it gave me a base color scheme to work with!)

  • niharika April 24, 2007 at 08:04 AMLogin to Reply →

    its eally very interesting, can u tell me more about the colour effect through our clothing and atmosphere at work.

  • Rachel April 24, 2007 at 19:35 PMLogin to Reply →

    I wanted to write to clear up some widely-believed myths about color that are unfortunately being perpetuated in this article. I am a color consultant, and associate member of the IACC (International Association of Color Consultants). If curious, you can check out the website here: iaccna. org/
    Studies have actually -not- shown that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Also, I think it’s important to steer clear of formulas and recipes for using color. Statements such as, “So refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme” are too generalized. These pre-conceived ideas are both subjective, and incorrect.

  • Am April 25, 2007 at 20:28 PMLogin to Reply →

    I do believe color does or can affect mood. Actually, when I am dealing with a client that wants to paint a small room dark blue, I try to figure more about what she/he is really trying for first. They may use terms like “warm” and “comfy”. Not only are they going for a look, but often speak in terms of mood.

  • Jason April 27, 2007 at 03:25 AMLogin to Reply →

    Hayden Fry, former football coach at the U of Iowa, had a lot of fun with this notion–he painted the visiting team’s locker room pink, and his successor, Kirk Ferentz, took it even further. Pink urinals! Regardless of whether that color had the effect he claimed to be seeking, it certainly got under the opposing teams’ skin a lot of the time.

  • Charles Wilson April 27, 2007 at 06:05 AMLogin to Reply →

    Hmm, my office is all white. Not too sure what other colours can I use for it.

    I am looking for colours to increase the productivity or the morale of the people. Any advice?

  • Ardie April 29, 2007 at 03:10 AMLogin to Reply →

    The article is a good start, but its incomplete.

    Red and pink tend to trigger sharp emotions. Those who are already edgy will get pushed over the edge. More arguments happened when a company switched their fluorescent lights from the traditional blue-ish ones to a “cheerful” pink light.

    Orange tends to stimulate the appetite. (Red does too, if exposed for short periods of time.) Look at the interiors of McDonalds, Wendy’s Carl’s Jr., Burger King, California’s In-and-Out Burgers, and so on. They tend to use red or orange as their accent color for some odd reason :-) “You want fries with that?”

    Darker blues are the “authority” color. Blue suits, blue accents, dark blue in the floor tiles. You’ll see it a lot at the FBI and local law offices, too.

    Pale green and light blue are supposed to be restful and relaxing. There’s another reason why the talk shows actually have a “green room” for the wating guests before they walk on stage.


  • jessy May 11, 2007 at 07:37 AMLogin to Reply →

    i need help paiting a small 2 story studio apartment. any ideas?

  • Michael May 11, 2007 at 08:46 AMLogin to Reply →

    jessy – read this post, and decide what do you want for your studio, how do you want to feel, what do you want to create.

  • Clarence Smith June 14, 2007 at 09:14 AMLogin to Reply →

    This one makes sence “One’s first step in wisdom is to kuesstion everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.”

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  • Lea August 16, 2007 at 17:38 PMLogin to Reply →

    I like this article very much.
    I am decorating two classrooms in a small language school. Which colours stimulate learning and communication?



  • suchi September 15, 2007 at 09:43 AMLogin to Reply →

    i am a teenage girl i am getting a new room …what color should i paint it

  • Allie September 26, 2007 at 09:55 AMLogin to Reply →

    Thank you so much!

    I’m a sophomore in highschool and doing a presentation on how color affects your mood, and I need to create a child’s toy, to present joy and activity. It helped me tremendously!

    Also, this will help me work on my 5-years-outdated room.
    I went through my stage of “Goth” and now it’s black.
    I’ve noticed I really hate going in my room, because I find it depressing.
    I want some white curtains, and I want to paint my room a light green.
    I often feel myself stressed with homework, friends, etc. Do you think coming home to a green room will help me?

    Once again, Thank you!

    Love, Allie.

  • G2D2 October 15, 2007 at 20:33 PMLogin to Reply →

    Try using accent walls. Paint one wall in the room a different color than the other three walls. I prefer to choose the wall that you are facing when you enter the room; i.e., the wall opposite the doorway. Paint that wall a color that is darker yet complimentary to the other three walls. Use the colors of the floor (wood, carpet, or rug) and/or the colors of the decorative items (comforters, curtains, etc.) and as a third complimentary color in the room.

  • Daniel October 15, 2007 at 21:26 PMLogin to Reply →

    What colors should I put in my room that will get me laid? Will an accent wall add a bonus effect on the girl?

  • shawn October 15, 2007 at 22:00 PMLogin to Reply →

    very interesting article! thanks for the post!

  • slevin October 15, 2007 at 22:33 PMLogin to Reply →

    I can vouch for the red. I briefly went out with a girl who had her whole room painted a deep red. It drove me batty. I’d pace around all the time, half talking to myself. It was very odd. Naturally she found me to be a bit odd as well, so things didn’t really work out. Its a shame; she was really cute.

  • Anon October 15, 2007 at 23:22 PMLogin to Reply →

    “Mauve…… I think I’ll paint the ceilings mauve”

  • Ruggy October 15, 2007 at 23:47 PMLogin to Reply →

    I am in the process of repainting my apartment, and dark bold colors are just my thing!

    A couple years ago, I painted the living room a navy blue… this year, I’m redoing that, and painting the rest of the place… the kitchen is “oak cask”, a deep tan pumpkiny color… the bedroom is a deep red, the bath a darkish but very green… all bold colors… the doors, trim, and ceilings are bright white, very crisp… a fantastic contrast to the vibrant colors.

    The biggest piece of advice I’d give anyone considering painting colors… It’s Just Paint. Go for it, cause it’s just paint! If you hate it, if it doesn’t work, whatever… it’s just paint! You can paint right back over it, so get bold and get painting!

    I like to give myself a full week per room, personally. Each day after work, I do “something”… the ceiling, or trim work, or edging… and usually there’s a day or two I don’t feel like doing anything (so I don’t)… come the weekend, all I have left is to roller on the walls… that way I’m not stressed, I have plenty of time to take my time and do it right.

    Oh, one last bit of advice… what I found worked the best for me was to pick ALL the colors I planned to use ahead of time, and made sure they were all complimentary. I can’t see the bathroom or bedroom from where I sit now, but there is 1 spot in the house where I can actually see all of the colors… and even if you couldn’t, you don’t want any jarring transitions!

    Just my rambling 2 cents (and some change).

  • MJimenez33 October 16, 2007 at 14:02 PMLogin to Reply →

    I’m in the process of picking colors to repaint my house, so thank you for all this wonderful info.

  • Anonymous October 17, 2007 at 22:23 PMLogin to Reply →

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  • Courtney October 18, 2007 at 02:51 AMLogin to Reply →

    i am doing a science project on how colors can affect people’s moods, and if is anything like how smells affect your moods, than it should not be too haRD. If you could help me in any way, than please notify me. My email is I am 12 years old, and hope you can help me. Thank you. Bye.

  • Jennifer October 20, 2007 at 17:14 PMLogin to Reply →

    Fascinating! We’re renovating, so this was perfect. Thanks.

  • michael strother October 25, 2007 at 17:03 PMLogin to Reply →

    i think green makes me sleepy too but blue is a better color

  • Candra October 29, 2007 at 18:48 PMLogin to Reply →

    I agree that color changes your mood. My mother’s house, the walls are all this extra pale lavender color. Just very neutral and basic. I always feel “blah” when I stay there. It’s not warm or inviting. But my best friend’s home is FULL of color and it brings my mood up.

  • Brianna October 30, 2007 at 17:44 PMLogin to Reply →

    Whoever wrote this- thanks. i am doing an independant study on interior design with my first unit in color and this is pretty interesting… it helped a lot

  • freelancer November 9, 2007 at 17:25 PMLogin to Reply →

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ikera November 10, 2007 at 14:26 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thanx for the info. I am an owner of an Internet Cafe, I am looking for colors that would provoke Rage, Violence and Hostility. Red-Orange looks like the best bet for me.

  • Tracy November 26, 2007 at 12:32 PMLogin to Reply →

    My daughter is 7 and she wants her room pink, what do you suggest for the colour pink?

  • Eefa Telaket November 27, 2007 at 23:56 PMLogin to Reply →

    Hi I can’t decide on a color for my Romulan ship, the Carniac Revolver. Half the ship’s crew think purple, the other half think the traditional green is best. I just can’t decide!!!! And then there’s the inside!… please help!!!

  • Courtney January 13, 2008 at 21:07 PMLogin to Reply →

    i am doing a science project on how room colors can affect your moods, and this info. really helped me a lot on the Background Research. Thanks(alot)

  • c. lily January 23, 2008 at 00:41 AMLogin to Reply →

    this was exactly what i was looking for! THNX!

  • Samuel / Secured Loans January 31, 2008 at 13:01 PMLogin to Reply →

    yaaaaa…….. that true i have personal experience of that. Along with color the effects of lightning will also effect it so. not too bright lights should be used. The little dim light sky blue or low orange make your mood relaxing.

    Lightening should deflects the phase on room wallpaper.

    The effect of each colour provided above in article is extermely good and i think it will help the user to understand the details of impact

  • ~tara~ February 13, 2008 at 00:46 AMLogin to Reply →

    oh mi!! i wanted to paint my room bright blue and purple b/c those are my favorite colors BUT NOW imma gunna add colorful stripes everywhere!! hehe.

  • Hannah February 24, 2008 at 21:28 PMLogin to Reply →

    I am doing a project on how colors affect your emotiions and this website really helped me get the information that I needed. So thank you very much!!!

  • idk February 25, 2008 at 23:45 PMLogin to Reply →

    i thought it was cool and made sense

  • BSRK March 1, 2008 at 08:51 AMLogin to Reply →

    Useful article. Thanks. I just got it in the right time.

  • Brooke March 22, 2008 at 17:53 PMLogin to Reply →

    I am currently doing a study for a research corse on how color affects the moods of people. This has helped me alot and cleared up for me many of my hypothesis that I now know could not have been proved because they have already been proved wrong. Do you think culture has an affect on how people perceive colors?

  • salma April 19, 2008 at 21:25 PMLogin to Reply →

    thank you very much,
    I’m a student in highschool and doing a researsh about the effect of colors on mood and behavior. this article has helped me alot.

  • S.S. Nagaraja pandian August 12, 2008 at 08:24 AMLogin to Reply →

    Hello, I am very much knee to known what sort of paint color I should use to paint my room because I watch tv & read & do all my daily actives in the same in night I take rest, so you please guide me choosing the paint color.

  • Taxi November 26, 2008 at 03:23 AMLogin to Reply →

    Wow, im in eight grade and i already knew about ALL of this. WOW.

  • kimi long January 3, 2009 at 16:32 PMLogin to Reply →

    i like how this website tells about almost every color but what about colors like gold, silver, and pink????

  • un-needed January 26, 2009 at 18:39 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thanks for this info, I am in high school and doing a project and this helped a lot!


  • John January 26, 2009 at 18:51 PMLogin to Reply →

    The publisher should put what gold, silver, and pink mean. or like the mood it gives you.

  • Amanda February 11, 2009 at 13:11 PMLogin to Reply →

    I am a student in middle school
    and i am researching how moods
    affect people, and this site helps!

  • Lauren March 1, 2009 at 23:15 PMLogin to Reply →

    I am on my last two years of high school and i decided to paint my room purple becasue of its relaxing and reashuring feeling, i am not so stressed, and i am able to do my work. Purple is TOTALLY the way to go :) But what would browm be? My mom painted the spare room blue and brown, what kind of mood would that put our guests in?

  • Jasmine November 14, 2009 at 19:19 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thank you for the good info trust me you helped a lot!!!!!!!!!!! But you should put more colours and odd colours but you had the info i was EXACTLY LOOKING FOR!!!! :-D

  • Shiela Baldevia January 12, 2010 at 12:58 PMLogin to Reply →

    i thing a color that match at your mood is color “GREEN” because you will realize that you will ganna love the enviroment and especialy your love


  • Janna victoria Bade January 12, 2010 at 13:01 PMLogin to Reply →

    i think the color that match at your mood is color “RED” because it is the color of your life,of your own love it is a color of our desteny!!!!!!!


  • Holly January 25, 2010 at 15:53 PMLogin to Reply →

    I would like to see some studies to see to what degree color can affect behavior. For example, would pale pinks, greens, an blues have a calming effect on a prison population? It seems fairly conclusive that certain colors have been shown to be good for dining.

  • Chas Skogstad February 12, 2010 at 17:28 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thank you so a lot for this exceptionally awesome posting!

  • Crystal April 17, 2010 at 23:24 PMLogin to Reply →

    I’m always shocked by the positive comments regarding blue. I DO NOT find blue calming but depressing. (That’s why one gets “the blues”, similarly the music genre).

  • Hayley November 4, 2010 at 14:38 PMLogin to Reply →

    Please show a LIST of colors that change ur mood!!!!!!!!

  • Brook December 11, 2010 at 22:23 PMLogin to Reply →

    Loving the colour pyschology here. Would be great to see some more on the suttle colours.

  • Trudi Lopp March 1, 2011 at 04:16 AMLogin to Reply →

    Absolutely loved this got a lot of tips and ideas from it that I will use in the redecoration of our house. I knew colors affected our moods but wasn’t sure how or what colors to avoid and you answered all of them for me! Thank you for this article and god bless. Sincerely Trudi

  • anil godha March 5, 2011 at 14:31 PMLogin to Reply →

    make a colour full home

  • Dadang April 7, 2011 at 08:27 AMLogin to Reply →

    good idea……very nice

  • Barney May 11, 2011 at 01:13 AMLogin to Reply →

    Yes this is true indeed, room colors do have lot of impact on our moods and emotions. I experimented it personal. I tried blue in my room and it had relaxing and calming affect on me. Thanks for a nice informative post. Cheers

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    yeah i agree, color make can make different, to got best result is depending what color did you choosed

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  • Maria May 27, 2015 at 02:35 AMLogin to Reply →

    I am doing a project for my health class and this really helped. Thanks!