Friday, September 23, 2011

How Color Affects the Energy of a Room

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you walk into a room and feel angry for no apparent reason? Or a retreat to a favorite room can completely calm you down and make you feel better?

Often times, the colors that surround you can be affecting you, and you don’t even know it! The color of the walls, the couch, the floor—all of it affects the overall feel of the room and your mood. Although each individual will have their own personal preferences and will react differently based on culture, past experiences and so on, there are some rules that carry over generally to most people and will affect them in the same way.

Here is a list of the most common colors and how they can impact your mood when they are in your home:

White is the best color to use in design; it is completely neutral, balanced, open, and peaceful. It adds a sense of space to any room (this is why most ceilings are white) and enhances every color it touches.


Red stimulates energy, excitement, and can help to incite conversations. The best room for this color is the dining room; but don’t overdo it, and use rich deep reds rather than bright, garish tones. This color can frequently cause people to feel irritable or angry, especially when too much of it is used.

Orange is an energetic color which spurs excitement and enthusiasm. This is not typically a color you want to use a lot unless it is in a room where you are going to be doing a lot of physical activity, like a workout room.


Yellow can have different effects on people, depending on how much of it is used. This bright, cheerful color can be energizing and uplifting, especially in kitchens, bathrooms, and sometimes bedrooms. It works well in small rooms to help them feel more spacious. In some cases, too much yellow can cause feelings of anger or frustration.

Green is a very peaceful, earthy color and is one of the most popular interior design colors. It is peaceful and calming, and can help to relieve stress and promote health and healing. This is an excellent color to use in just about any room of the house.


Blue is another very peaceful and relaxing color, but the different tones of blue can have varying effects; try to avoid blues that are too bright and vivid or harsh pastels, they can over stimulate and make the room feel cold. Dark blues can also be very depressing and make you feel sad. The best tones are light, soft blues accented and paired with warmer colors to balance it out.

Neutral Colors (like tan, light brown, and gray) are like the glue that holds the other colors together; they balance the brighter colors out and can both warm and cool the environment.



Black is on the opposite end of the spectrum as white; it is a neutral color, but should not be over-used.  Just a little black here and there is usually perfect. It is a great color for grounding and adding balance to anything, and will often times add dimension to a room.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did you know that yellow stimulates mental activity and is said boost intelligence?

Colors from a feng shui point of view might be a fun article!