Color Your Mood

There are a lot of people out there who think that the reported physical and psychology effects of color on our lives is all a bunch of hooey. I am not one of those people. I find that even little things, like what color shirt I’m wearing, can affect the way I feel. On days when I wear one of my red knit sweaters, I actually feel more assertive and energized. When I’m dressed in green or blue, I am calmer, more laid back and feel at ease with life. I think the way color interacts with our bodies and minds is an important consideration when deciding how to design and decorate the spaces in which we live. If I want my bedroom to be a restful place, it might not be the best idea for me to paint it bright red. If a sweater can make me feel more energized, looking at a bright red wall before I get into bed each night probably isn’t going to help put me to sleep.

So read on for a bit of information about how each of the main spectrum colors affect your body and mood, as well as my suggestions for how you could best use this information to your advantage when decorating your home.


Red is largely associated with our physical selves. It’s a color of warning and aggression, but also one of strength and energy. Red makes people feel powerful, capable and very physically assertive. It’s hard to feel lazy and sluggish when surrounded by red.

Red enhances metabolism and increases blood pressure and respiration. This is not a relaxing, restful color. It’s ability to enhance metabolism makes it a great color for rooms that are associated with food. An increase in your metabolic rate can trigger your appetite. It’s better to have that trigger occur in a place where you are already preparing food or settling down to eat.

Use red to your advantage by including it in your kitchen or dining room decor. These are rooms of action and active conversation where you meet your body’s physical need for sustenance.

via:  Apartment Therapy, The Girl in the Brick House, Slipcover Your Life


Like red, orange focuses our minds on the needs of our physical selves. It is associated with food, as well as feelings of comfort and nurturing. It conjures up images of warmth and shelter. It also stimulates our appetites, which means you should avoid using it in rooms that you spend a lot of time in at the end of the day, just before bed. It is another great choice for a dining room and I actually prefer it to red for that setting because it is a softer and warmer color and I like the association between the warmth of the color and the warmth of the food you would be eating.

Orange is also strongly associated with sensuality, another of our physical comfort needs. So it could be a good choice for a bedroom as well.

via: Apartment Therapy


Yellow connects to our emotional selves. It is an uplifting color that boosts self-esteem and confidence. It generates muscle energy and invokes a sense of joy and happiness. But yellow can be very overstimulating. Studies have found that babies cry more often and for longer periods of time when placed in yellow rooms. It is a color that should be used sparingly or largely as an accent.

I think it would the perfect color for an entryway. When you leave the house in the morning, the last thing you’d see is yellow and you would step out the door feeling energized and confident. When you came home at night, yellow would greet you, melting away the stress of the day and encouraging you to feel happy.

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Green is not my favorite color, but I do think it is the best color for decorating your home. Green is an incredibly restful color. It is associated with balance and harmony, restoration and peace. It is almost impossible to be in a green room and not feel relaxed and at ease. It’s connection to the natural world makes it a color of stability and connectivity. It is the perfect color for any room really, but works really well in spaces where you want to feel balanced and restful. It would be great in a bedroom or living room and I love it as a calming accent in a bathroom.

via: Slipcover Your Life, Better Homes & Gardens, Apartment Therapy, House of Turquoise


Now blue is my favorite color. Like green, blue is associated with serenity and calm. It is a very soothing color that slows down your metabolism and blood pressure and also suppresses appetite, all of which makes it a great color for a bedroom or any space where you like to unwind and relax. But blue is also a color of reflection, concentration and intellect. It’s associated with creativity and intellectual pursuits, which makes it a great addition to a study or workspace, or perhaps an area of your house where you like to read, write or plan out new projects and ideas.

via: Dear Designer’s Blog, Better Homes & Gardens, Slipcover Your Life, Apartment Therapy, House of Turquoise


Purple is a spiritual color associated with vision, awareness and intuition. It is at once a meditative, contemplative color, but also a powerful color associated with ambition and valor. It conjures up images of royalty and mystery and gives an air of whimsy and girlish fun to any room where it is used. It is impossible not to make a strong statement when using purple and it takes a person who is very strong of heart and mind to make that kind of statement. If you are going to use purple in your home, especially a bold purple, I think a bedroom or study would be the best choices because those are the rooms where your sensual self and intellectual self, respectively, are at their most powerful and ambitious.

via: House of Turquoise, Color SizzleApartment Therapy


  1. March 3 2010 at 3:18 pm

    What an awesome color series! You know how much I love color! 🙂 I love that you walk us through all the meanings of the colors!

    • CT said,

      March 3 2010 at 3:35 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I definitely thought of you and your love of color while I was putting it together 🙂

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