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The Innate Connection Between Room Colors and Moods

Pragya T Oct 09, 2018
How would the world be if there were no colors? Hard to imagine, isn't it? One of the most important role of colors comes in the form of painting of different rooms in one's place of residence or work. Let's find out how colors affect your mood and mindset.
Everybody is familiar with the concept of 'color wheel'. Understanding the color wheel and color psychology helps in easy interpretation of room colors and the moods they create. There are three primary colors in the color wheel - red, blue, and yellow.
When these 3 primary colors are mixed, we get secondary colors, which are violet (a combination of red and blue), green (a combination of blue and yellow), and orange (a combination of red and yellow).
One half of the color wheel has cool colors, which are blue, violet, and green and the other half consists of warm colors, which are red, orange, and yellow.

Room Colors and Emotions

There are so many colors for rooms from which one can choose, but it is important to understand room colors and what they mean, before making the final decision. Here is a list of the various room colors and emotions they produce, which will help you select room colors for your house.


White gives a peaceful and calm mood. So, it is best suited for bedrooms and bathrooms. However, white can give a sterile, hospital-like feeling, so decorate the wall trim and sidings with bright shades of blue, red or any other bright color.
The popular alternatives to white are beige and gray. You can always try various interior paint colors and ideas, on the white walls to make them more attractive.
There are many simple paint room color ideas. Here is one of them - paint one wall (the best choice would be the wall behind the bed), a calming shade of green and decorate the remaining three white walls with stencil designs in the same shade of green.


Black is a bold color and can produce different moods. It can make a room sophisticated and stylish. A popular shade of black is gray, which creates a formal and balanced mood. To balance the color black, use light-colored furniture in shades of beige or ash.
You can also hang vibrantly colored paintings on black walls, and make the room look funky. This color is suitable for painting the living room and gray, which is a shade of black can be used for bedrooms, living rooms or bathrooms.
But black is associated with negativity and darkness and should be employed with care, especially when used for interior painting. White and black are both popular feng shui bedroom colors.


Blue is a popular color for painting interiors and is suitable for all rooms, especially the bedrooms and bathrooms. Blue gives a calm and cool mood to a room. The popular shades of blue are aqua, turquoise, and sky blue. 
You can always combine blue with other colors to make your interior decorating interesting, for example, painting aqua blue with beige in vertical stripes, is a good option to make a room look modern.


This is another popular choice when it comes to interior painting. This color is great for painting kids rooms as it creates a sunshiny, bright, and cheerful feeling. 
You can combine it with almost any color, however the colors that complement it the most are red and blue. The popular shades of yellow are lemon sorbet, sunshine yellow, and pale yellow.


Brown can create a somber and dull feeling, but when combined with right furniture, a room will look bold and masculine, so this is a popular choice for guy's room. Popular shades are beige, chocolate, and orangish-beige.


Red is a bold color to use and it is widely heralded as the color of passion. The most popular shade of red - pink, is widely used to paint girls rooms. Other popular shades of red are burgundy and melon red. 
The color is best suited for painting living rooms. However, if you are using a dark shade of red to paint the walls, use light-colored furniture for decorating the room. You can also combine red with other colors like yellow, blue, and white.


Green is not so widely used for interior painting, but occasionally people paint kitchen or living room, in this color. Green symbolizes nature and creates a mood of balance and harmony. Combine green with yellow, white, and gray to make the room more attractive.


Purple is synonymous with royalty, style, and sophistication. This color has been a popular choice for painting girls room. 
However, in recent times people have started to use the color to paint contemporary kitchens. A shade of purple, lavender or lilac can be used to paint kitchen walls and accentuated by black appliances. You can also use steel furniture to make the kitchen look more stylish.

Useful Tips to Choose Room Colors

Here, are some useful tips which will come handy while painting the interiors of your home.

• Always balance out the colors, for example, if the walls are painted in bright colors, place light-colored furniture in the room and vice versa. Bold colors like red are complemented by black appliances or white furniture, etc.
If you wish to give your room a sober look, stick to monochromatic colors.

• Semi-gloss finish is very durable, and can be scrubbed. So, choose a semi-gloss finish, for rooms that are in constant use, like kitchens and bathrooms. Choose flat finish paints for bedrooms and living room.
You can use virtual painting software, or paint samples to select the right shade for your home's interiors.

Before repainting your home make sure you have completed house painting preparation, like scraping off old paint, getting rid of any mold or mildew, etc.
Now you can choose the paint colors for your each room, and create the desired mood.