The Psychology of Color in your Home

The Psychology of Color in your Home

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A few years back, I did a campaign on how to use home improvement and our home surroundings to reduce the amount of stress (and depression) in our lives. There is SO much I could talk about, but I’d like to focus on just one aspect...color! The colors we choose in the key areas of our home can so wonders for our mindsets--including motivation, sleep and everything in between. It has long been used to create feelings of coziness or spaciousness. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theology, and in the study of BOTH, color plays a key role.
 
According to the National Association of Realtors, this is how color affects a room:
 
 

White

The perfect blank slate if you were selling a home. If you are staying put, white is still a great way to go. White invites light into the room so it’s an ideal choice for a room that does not get much sunlight. It can also add a sense of space to a  small room, making it appear larger. Plus, this gives you a clean canvas to add color in the furnishings to express yourself!
 

Yellow

Enhances your space, but it also enhances your brain, increasing your focus, and mental agility. Put this color in a room where you plan on having guests congregate to stimulate conversation or in a room you’d like to use as a place to clarify your thoughts. If you have a music room for practicing instruments, yellow will help the creativity and talent flow. Many people choose yellow for their kitchens and it’s understandable:  Some of us are MOST creative in the kitchen! If you don’t like the commitment of painting yellow on the walls, choose an oversized yellow accent rug instead.
 

Blue and Green

These two can both make a room look more spacious if done correctly. 
  • Green represents healing and money…use it in spots that nourish the body like in the kitchen or the bathroom.
  • Dark blue will encourage clear thinking and clutter-free thoughts so an office or meditation room would be an ideal setting for blue. Choosing either of these colors on all walls of a room, however, may be a bit overwhelming. So consider hanging a painting with these colors, or adding accent pillows in solids or patterns with these shades.
  • Light blue will give you a sense of peace. It promotes tranquility and calm – in relationships and in life. Consider painting the bedroom light blue or adding accent pillows of the same color.
  • A mix of these colors, Aqua, inspires trust and relaxation. This is an idea color to introduce into a bedroom if you have trouble sleeping, dreaming or meditating. Use it in a room that you can escape to, even for just a few minutes a day!
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    Mix light blues with deep blue and green jewel tones to create a sanctuary that will inspire you to rise and shine, while allowing you to relax at the end of a long day!
     
     

    Gray

    Similar to white in creating a blank slate, but keep in mind gray walls and accents make a home feel a bit cooler and more modern. If you want rooms to feel more warm and cozy, mix in shades of other colors to break up the cool.
     

    Deep Jewel Tones

    These tones soften a room, but will also make it feel secluded from the rest of the house.  Plus these colors make a bold statement, so if you are going to play with them, I would suggest doing so in a small room (like a bathroom or study).  If you are using a deep red, know that you will be inspiring passion so perhaps use this sparingly like as a lampshade.  If you use it to remind yourself to live life to its fullest potential, then go a bit bolder like a feature piece (couch) of a room or some accent chairs.
     

    Light Purple

    This color enhances spirituality, helping you connect to a higher plane. By reminding you that we are all connected, it will deepen your sense of humanity and is perfect to use in your home in a place you want to expereince friends as family.  Try a light purple cashmere throw, journal or fresh bouquet.
     

    Orange

    Expands your thinking, reducing self-consciousness and allowing you to express yourself with confidence. It is also the color of laughter and celebration, so like it’s mantra let it bring out your inner child.  Add an orange mouse pad to your office, an accent wall to your child’s room or just a bordered note card on a side table.
     
    So the next time you decide to give your house a fresh coat of paint, first consider the mood and tone you want to set for not only your home but yourself!
     
    Are you re-painting or decorating your home? What colors would you chose? Share with us in the comments below and remember we want to see your DIY’s on Instagram so make sure you follow @thesoulsistersus #thesoulsisters