What Does Your Wall Color Say About You?

Ever wonder what drove you to make the color choices you did in your home? It could all be down to psychology. Color psychology has actually been around for a while. This field of psychology studies the effects of color on humans and how our moods or behaviors can be affected by color (sounds crazy, but it’s true!).

While the colors we interact with on a daily basis certainly have effects on us and our mental state, those we chose for our home, the place we spend a majority of our time, have an even greater impact on us and how we think and feel. You can use the basic ideas behind color psychology to not only understand why you picked the colors you picked, but to also make better decor decisions in the future based on what you want from each room. Let’s break it down color by color:

Red: One of the most intense colors, both visually and emotionally, it can symbolize many things but it particularly is associated with both rage and lust. It is an exciting, stimulating color so it is best to not use it in bedrooms or bathrooms where most people try to relax. In terms of general decor you’re better off using variations of red to help curb the intensity of it (like pink, vermilion, or burgundy)

Yellow: This color is often associated with happiness and energy. While being a generally optimistic color does have some connotations with it in decor that you may want to avoid. Studies have shown that people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies are likely to cry more in yellow rooms. Much like red, if you chose to use this color in your decor use it in accents or in more subtle shades.

Green: The easiest color on the eye (and arguably the most trendy color in decor at the moment) is green. It is a soothing color due to it’s association with nature and hospitals have been known to use green in rooms to help calm the patients. Green is also associated with good taste and green rooms are believed to help facilitate conversations.

Blue: On the opposite spectrum of red is blue, literally and figuratively. Blue, like it’s fellow cool color green, is often associated with nature (the ocean and the sky) and is a very calming color. These traits make it an ideal color for bedrooms, in fact it has been shown to produce calming chemicals in the brain. Blue has also been shown to have connotations to loyalty, competence, productivity, and strength.

Black: The classic color black often implies sophistication and elegance when used in both interiors and clothing. It can have dramatic qualities when paired with colors like red, but when used correctly it works great as a neutral in the home.

White: Easily the most used color in interiors and exteriors of home, white is simple, clean, and fresh. It’s no secret that white is associated with purity, sincerity, and happiness. It is often used in kitchens and bathrooms to convey a feeling of sterility. However, it isn’t always a practical color in homes since it is a difficult color to keep clean.

These are just a few popular colors that are often used in homes. There are obviously many other colors that can be used and each has it’s own different meaning and associations made with it. In the end it comes down to personal preference above all else, if a color makes you feel happy, then by all means use it. But if you’re wondering about it’s effect on others moods or feelings it’s best to do some research and find out what the associations with that color are.