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How colors affect mood, emotions and life when decorating your home...

Updated on September 7, 2014

Color wheel

So many colors to choose from!
So many colors to choose from! | Source

Color Therapy

Read how to apply specific colors in your life and surroundings to bring in positive energy, change perspective or outlooks on situations, create harmony and balance, and improve overall mental happiness. And most importantly, how to avoid colors that bring negativity into your surroundings. This article discusses how colors affect your mood when decorating your home.

Surrounding yourself and home with different colors has shown to be very beneficial and therapeutic. Its been proven again and again that specific colors can produce and alter the state of ones emotions, mental health, mood, energy and outlook on life. Color therapy has been used in hospitals and by healthcare professionals to treat mental illness and depression for many years.

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The color red is associated with war, danger, hatred, anger, strength, power, determination passion, desire, appetite stimulation and love.

Red is emotionally charged and intense. When looking at the color red, it stimulates metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It is bright and very easy to see. When red is used as an accent color it stimulates people to make quick decisions, and encourages a healthy appetite.

Light red represents hunger, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It is passive and feminine.
Dark red is associated with rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown is a very masculine and stable color
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall, and changes.

A red kitchen

A red kitchen with country appeal
A red kitchen with country appeal | Source

A sexy modern red bedroom


Using Red

Red makes a great accent color, with red, a little goes a long way. With this color, less is more.

Red can be a great color when used in a kitchen to encourage people to eat, much like a bistro, or fine Italian restaurant. Bright table cloths, beautiful red candles for a romantic dinner, framed artwork, or an accent wall painted in a bright red color can be very stimulating to the appetite. To much red in a kitchen is not recommended, because it will make it dark. A kitchen should have plenty of light for working and preparing food, but red accents work great.

When using read in a bedroom candles are also lovely, or accent throw pillows or thick comfortable sheets and comforters in various shades. Red can be extremely romantic and create passion. When using red in a bedroom the goal is to entice and intrigue.

Darker reds are bold, in a living room a dark red wall will create drama.

Red draws attention to where ever you place it, so keep that in mind when using it, especially if there is a particular part of your home you want to bring a lot of attention to.


Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness and intellect of yellow. Orange represents excitement, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Orange is a quieter version of red. Although it is also very easy to see, it does not appear hot the way red does. Orange is said to increase oxygen to the brain, and stimulate mental activity. It's a great color to put in areas of your life that you want to create an energetic and alert active environment, such as a family room. It's also a great color for dorm rooms. Bright orange can be a great accent color to dress up a dining table when entertaining. Orange is fresh and stimulating. This color is also great for kids, it catches their attention and can be a great color to highlight designs, making them stand out.

Dark orange can invoke deceit and distrust, so use sparingly and with caution.
Red-orange is active, and not aggressive the way red is, but can stimulate strong sexual desire, pleasure, need for action and passion.
Gold evokes the feeling of high quality, wealth, wisdom and prestige.

An orange playroom

A fun organized happy playroom, fun and exciting.
A fun organized happy playroom, fun and exciting. | Source

Orange stimulating craft room

A stimulating craft room
A stimulating craft room | Source

Using orange

Use orange in playrooms, or active family rooms. Orange is zippy and exciting, without the drama or aggressiveness of red. You can pretty much use this color throughout your home to create an upbeat energetic environment, much like red, but a little quieter. To avoid a "Halloween" feel, don't use orange with black, unless very minimally.

Highlights of orange are also great for craft spaces to invigorate creativity.


Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with life, happiness, intelligence, and energy.

Most shades of yellow have a warming effect. Using this color arouses happiness, mental stimulation, and generates physical energy. Bright yellow easily gets attention when used in interior design and decorating, however when yellow is overused or dull and dingy, it is known to have a disturbing effect; it's been said that babies cry more often in yellow rooms. And when it is overused in hospitals or near sick people it can make them feel more sick. Yellow much like gold indicates honor and loyalty.

Use yellow to create pleasant, cheerfulness. It is a great color to surround yourself with when doing things for leisure, think beach balls, umbrellas, or sun bathing. Yellow is perceived by men as childish and playful. Yellow is not a stable or grounding color and tends to feel spontaneous, so avoid using yellow if you want to create feelings of safety and stability.

Dull yellow represents sickness, caution, decay and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intelligence, freshness, and joy.

Yellow for leisure

Fun, fresh, yet still relaxing
Fun, fresh, yet still relaxing | Source

Using yellow

Yellow is a great color for anything associated with leisure.


Green is pure and natural. It promotes growth, natural balance, and fertility. Green also conjures feelings of emotional safety. Dark green and other shades of green give off feelings of wealth, abundance, stability, endurance and excitement, it also has a natural healing quality. For humans, green is the most peaceful, serene, and restful color of all.

Its negative is that sometimes it denotes lack of experience.

Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

A green porch

Green inspires calm, nature, and serenity as clearly seen in this palm beach porch
Green inspires calm, nature, and serenity as clearly seen in this palm beach porch | Source

A stimulating green work space


Blue bathrooms


Using green

Green can be used almost anywhere to alter the mood of the environment. Green is great for outdoor living spaces, patios, porches, offices, formal dining rooms, and bathrooms.

Anyplace you wish to draw attention to finances or peace is a great location to accent with green.

Keep in mind, if you are decorating with natural plants, it's very important to keep the plants lively and thriving, or they should be removed. Dying plants stop the "growth" energy that you should strive to achieve.


Blue is the color of the sea and sky, open and airy. It promotes depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body by creating a calming effect. It is tranquil and calm. It also feel sincere.

Because blue feels clean, it's a great color for bathrooms. It's also considered a masculine color. It's deep, stable, healing and tranquil which can greatly compliment a bedroom. Since blue suppresses the appetite, it should be avoided in kitchens.

Light blue promotes good health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.


Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. It symbolizes power, spirituality, nobility, and luxury. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

Purple is rare in nature, and sometimes considered artificial for this reason.

Light purple is a good choice for a feminine design. You can use bright purple when promoting children's products.

Light purple evokes nostalgia, romance and luxury.
Dark purple to much purple can make one gloomy and sad.

A formal purple living room


Using purple

Purple is a great color for children's rooms, or in extravagant luxurious homes.


White is clean, pure, simplistic, sterile, faithful, and safe. Neutrals are the easiest to decorate with. White is positive as opposed to black. It also depicts newness and beginnings, a "clean-slate".

Black modern hallway



Black brings to mind power, elegance, formality, death, evil, endings and mystery. It also denotes strength, authority, and fear. Black offers great contrast with other colors, it is elegant, and prestigious.

When black is combined with neutral shades such as creams or white, it can become very contemporary, modern, and pretentious. It can also make small spaces appear larger when uses sparingly.

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    • ladyguitarpicker profile image

      stella vadakin 

      4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi Bishop55, I did my bedroom in light blue and it is my best color. It is very much as you described it. It is so much more relaxing. Good hub, Stella

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      Alise- Evon 

      6 years ago

      Very nice hub and the photos were very helpful. I am trying to incorporate color more effectively in my life- from accents in the house (we rent, so are limited somewhat in what we can do) to clothes and accessories- to promote more balancing and healing qualities in my everyday life.

      Voted useful and interesting.

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      thanks guys! @ Peach...right now my whole house has way to much brown! For so long it seemed like the only color besides red that I knew how to decorate with. And it feels exactly as you described! I'm making changes slowly.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lovely colors and of how it affects moods my good color is olive green, orange and yellow are beautiful countryside colours

    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, i do agree that the colors of the wall and furniture do affect a person's emotion. Once, i saw all walls painted in dark brown. The whole house look to dull and dark, very gloomy. I prefer pale color for soothing feeling. Voted up


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