How the colour of your room affects your mood

(Article by Caitlin W)

Have you ever considered how the colour of a room affects you? Find out how different colours affects you before you paint the rooms in your home.

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Did you know that every room you walk into has an effect on your mood? Size, shape, colour, it’s all a factor and can mean the difference between a happy experience and a frustrated one. 

Colours play a massive role in social, business and home interactions. It’s a scary thought: some colours have the ability to put you on edge. On the other hand, there are many that promote peace and wellbeing. Therefore, figuring out which colour is the best choice for each different room is vital. 

Basic room colours and how they’ll affect you: 


What do you think when you see the colour yellow? Sunny fun and happiness is the order of the day in rooms painted this colour. 

Yellow is rumoured to raise the energy in a room and thereby invigorate its occupants. While it can be peaceful in lighter shades, you’d be wise to avoid bright yellows in most rooms. These shades can frustrate or anger people within. 

Get this: babies even cry more in yellow rooms. This is definitely not the colour to paint your bedroom or any place you plan on relaxing, or being productive. If anything, smaller rooms – such as kitchens – would be best for this colour.  


Red is a great colour for your lounge, TV room or dining room. Much like yellow, it raises the energy of a room. It increases the appetite and invokes a mood change toward excitement. After all, it is the colour of passion. However, this doesn’t mean you should use it in your bedroom –  as it might cause aggravation.  Certainly not the emotion you would want to foster in your bedroom! 


Blue will relax the shoes right off your feet. This colour is perfect for a home office or study, because it can actually lower your blood pressure! It can increase productivity but you must be pretty careful when choosing your preferred shade. Darker shades can be a little too much for the senses and might summon a feeling of cold or depression. 


As you can probably guess, white is the purest colour around. It’ll provide a great base for other forms of decoration and may promote a certain sense of neutrality. Though, it could come across as a flat decorating scheme too. 


Green is fresh. Think the new Spring, lush grass and sweet sugar snap peas. It has the most calming influence of all the colours, but only in its pastel shades. Deep olives tend to lower the energy, whilst bright greens inspire activity. 

Green could probably fit in just about any room or setting, but be careful how much of the brighter shades you use. You don’t want it to overpower the senses. 


Did you know purple is actually the colour of psychic awareness and spirituality? In its deeper shades, it will bring about a sense of opulence (it’s the royal colour) and will promote peace and calm in lighter shades. 

Since purple technically opens the ‘mind’s eye’ it’s a good colour for a home office, and for a little girl’s room in lighter violets and lavenders. 


Orange is the colour of exercise. Have a gym at home?  Paint the walls orange and watch your energy increase in leaps and bounds. It’s a lot like red as it excites and inspires, but also a lot like yellow – it can frustrate too. It will instil a sense of energy in the surroundings, and that energy needs to be used.


Pink is love. Pink is perfect for a child’s room – it has a pacifying effect in many cases. It has the stimulation of red with a swab of the purity of white, and this combination makes for a peaceful mood lift. 

Depending on what you’re aiming for, it’s important to consider the meaning of the colour you intend to paint the rooms in your house. Do you want to calm, foster creativity, excite, exercise or frustrate? It’s amazing how colours can control your emotions and reactions. You’d best choose those colour schemes wisely!

Which colours do you like best? And which do you think will suit the rooms in your house? Let us know in the comments section below

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