Feeling moody? The psychology of color.

Color Mood 

Home decor is often associated with aesthetics. But is the color palette we choose to adorn our home really just a reflection of our taste? Proponents of color psychology believe we gravitate toward selecting colors based on the way they make us feel. Studies have shown that the color we use to decorate our home has a profound effect on our emotional well being.

According to the Pantone Color Think Tank Site, “Scientists have found that actual physiological changes take place in human beings when they are exposed to certain colors. Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilize, increase appetite, and create a feeling of warmth or coolness.”

RED is an intense color that is a good choice for amping up your energy. In a living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation.

YELLOW is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms because it is energizing and uplifting. Although yellow is associated with happiness and optimism, it isn't recommended for use as a primary color scheme for a house. Too much of a good thing can cause feelings of agitation.

GREEN is the color of nature. For that reason, it is thought to have the most calming and relaxing effects. In a family room or living room, it can encourage unwinding and promote a sense of comfort and togetherness.

BLUE is said to lower blood pressure and slow respiration and heart beat. Its sedating effect makes it an excellent choice for bedrooms. It is the most popular of colors among people because we are constantly surrounded by blue sky and blue water.

NEUTRALS (Whites, beiges, Gray's) are basic to a decorators tool kit. These are the background of choice for many as they give you the flexibility to use other colors as accents. Color can then become interchangeable with your moods.

Color is as personal a choice as one’s politics. Choose one that best fits your lifestyle and family. There are so many variations and hues. Selecting one that makes you feel happy or relaxed is up to you...

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