How the Color of Your Walls Affects Your Mood

Professional Painters Ann Arbor

Are you looking for a quick way to freshen up your home?

Do you ever feel like your wall color isn’t quite right, but you just can’t put your finger on why?

Maybe the color doesn’t match the mood of the room.

When it comes to updating your home, professional painters in Ann Arbor know that color is a relatively quick and inexpensive way to refresh the look and feel of any room. But how do you choose the right color?

Color palettes go in and out of style but creating a custom look doesn’t. One way to customize your home is to create a mood with color. Take your colors beyond the traditional “cool” and “warm” categories and select ones that evoke emotions. Science has shown that specific colors are linked to certain feelings or moods.

How Your Favorite Paint Colors Affect Your Mood

Before you shop, think about what mood you’re going for. Here’s what some popular colors can do for your room:

Red – energetic, attention-grabbing

Use in: dining room, living room, entryway

Red is an intense color. It affects emotions more than any other color and can elicit contradictory responses. It’s the color of passion and love, but also of power and anger. Red is thought to increase metabolism and appetite, which may be why it’s popular in dining rooms. It’s also shown to raise energy levels, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate!

Blue – calming, stabilizing

Use in: bedroom, bathroom, living room

In nature, blue is the color of calmness and serenity, but it can also be cold and distant. In your home, it has a soothing effect, lowering your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate.

Blue is thought to be calming and gives a trustworthy vibe. Research has found that people are more productive in blue rooms. It is also the least appetizing color – not so popular in kitchens.

Green – refreshing, motivating

Use in: offices, studios, bedroom, living room, kitchen

Green is a restful yet refreshing color evoking the natural world. It’s shown to influence positive emotions and weaken negativity. Green has a positive effect on thinking, stress, health, creativity, and motivation. It’s versatile in the home and has shown to increase success of word and picture-based work, making it an especially good color for offices or studios.

Yellow – happiness, energy

Use in: kitchen, living room, bathroom, dining room

The color of happiness evokes strong emotions. It’s like a ray of light to fans but can cause visual fatigue due to the large amount of light it reflects; it is the most visible color. Its bright intensity hums with energy, increases metabolism, and communicates joy.

Purple – sophistication, drama

Use in: bedroom, office, living room

Purple has a history of being exotic and rich. It’s a dramatic addition to any room. Darker shades of purple can add a touch of sophistication, while lighter shades encourage relaxation.

Along with a touch of drama, purple is thought of as an imaginative, mysterious, and exotic color.

Brown – neutral sophistication:

Use in: any room

Brown adds a comforting, warm, neutral influence to any room. It’s seen as a traditional and comforting color. It adds an earthy strength reminiscent of the outdoors. Shades of brown blend well with nearly any other color, in any room. It is truly the most versatile of colors but can be too much of a good thing. Alone in large amounts, brown can invoke feelings of isolation.

Gray – calming, balanced:

Use in: any room

Currently very popular, gray is a versatile, warm color that can go from classic to edgy. Gray is a calming color and an excellent backdrop for accents in other colors, layering the mood. Invoking with comfort and warmth, gray coordinates well with most furnishings and colors.

Call Mussio Painting for a Color Makeover

Your home is your refuge, and you want it to feel just right. Carefully chosen paint color can set the right mood in every room. Whatever your style or mood, we can help you choose the colors that speak to you. Call Steve Mussio for professional painters in Ann Arbor at (734) 995-2646.


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