We all know that the way we decorate our home can do a lot for the general ambiance and feel of our living space. When it comes to creating a warm and welcoming abode, we try to put nice paintings on the wall, keep our space clean, and fill it up with furniture and decor that makes us feel comfortable.
However, one aspect of home decor may be more important than the rest: color. Although choosing the right color scheme is definitely a part of deciding how our rooms are decorated, color can do more than just provide the right aesthetic.
Different colors can elicit different emotional states, so knowing the basics behind color psychology can help you create a room that brings out the right type of mood.
Here are some ways you can use color therapy in your home to help you feel happier, more productive, and more relaxed.
1. Entryway: Yellow
You want guests to get a good impression when they enter the house, and yellow not only provides bright cheeriness, but it also is good for widening up small spaces. Yellow is also a signifier of knowledge of intellect, so if you want to seem smarter, you know what color to use.
2. Living Room: Light Green Or Orange
If you want your living room to be more tranquil, go for a light green, as it has a relaxing effect. If you’re looking for a more playful or energetic vibe, go for orange, which is more stimulating, but still welcoming.
3. Kitchen: Red, Blue Or Purple
If you enjoy a high energy kitchen, consider adding in some red accents. The color red is known to stimulate appetite, so don’t be surprised if all that hustle and bustle yields some nibblers. However, if you prefer your kitchen to be a tranquil escape, go for a more soothing pastel such as light blue or purple.
4. Dining Room: Purple
Most people like their dining room to evoke a sense of luxury, and purple is the color for that. Violet shades are associated with royalty and sophistication, so opt for purple accents or a softer lavender tone if you want something less stimulating.
5. Bathroom: Blue Or Gray
You generally want a bathroom to have a calm or neutral feel, so go for light blues or gray, which can evoke emotions of neutrality or hibernation.
6. Bedroom: Cool Blue Or Red
The color of your bedroom is important, as you spend a lot of time in this part of your home. Cool blues are often a good choice, as they are calm, tranquil, and aid in concentration. If you want more romance in the bedroom, consider rose-colored walls, as red is a stimulating color of passion.
7. Office: Neutrals
We want our office to be a space of inspiration and focus, so color is important. Red is too stimulating and angering, and white can be too sterile and hospital-like, so go for a soft neutral for a calming tone that also keeps you on track.
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