Entity reports on the psychology of colors and discusses the best way to choose the color palate for your home.

Every woman is both excited and intimidated to move into her first home. Now that you’ve got your own place, you’re ready to make it your own. Your first step in your interior designing venture is to paint over those boring white walls. But before you start you might want to consider the fact that different colors can trigger different moods. So when you are trying to figure out a room’s color scheme, there’s psychological research that can help you.

Each color has a range of hues, varying from saturated to muted, which stimulates a certain biological reaction in our brains. Red represents warmth and energy because of the first fires we made. Blue calms and relaxes us because we associate it with the big, blue sky. Lighter colors cause your room to seem more open and airy while darker colors make for an intimate environment.

Before you get started, know that the colors of your walls should be cohesive with the furniture, décor and other accents that you include in the space. The objects that you put in the room such as plants or curtains can enhance the color of your walls. Another thing to keep in mind is that painting your ceiling a lighter color will open up the space while painting it a darker color will make it feel smaller.

So if you’re ready to choose your paint, the first thing you should do is decide on the primary function of each room. Once you know what you will be doing most often in each room, you can pick a color that is associated with that action. Keep reading to learn more about which colors inspire certain emotions and where they would work best in your home.

RED

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This color is associated with increased energy levels as it raises blood pressure and heart rate. Its intensity is perfect for places like the living room or dining room, where your guests will engage in conversation and socialize. In the dining room, this color will enhance your guests’ appetites. Be careful when using red in the kitchen if you are trying to watch your diet, as it may prompt you to eat more than you intended.

YELLOW

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Joy and happiness are associated with the color yellow. It is a good communicator of cheerfulness and does the job of energizing and uplifting moods. Since the color yellow increases your metabolism and gives you energy, it works especially well in the kitchen. Since a stark yellow can sometimes be too much, use it as an accent color to brighten up more neutral tones.

ORANGE

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As a combination of yellow and red, orange takes the happiness of yellow and the excitement of red to make an enthusiastic color. Encouraging to the eye, the color orange works best in an exercise room to get you inspired. Red can be too harsh for that type of environment, but orange will do just the trick.

GREEN

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We are now entering the cooler side of the color wheel with green. This is a fitting color to paint your home office because it fosters concentration. Since it stimulates the feeling of being outside and surrounded by nature, green is perfect for inducing feelings of peace and serenity. It can also be a nice color to paint your bedroom as it encourages a feeling of restfulness.

BLUE

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Another calming color is the magnificent blue. Most shades of blue will make you feel relaxed and serene. Paint your bedroom walls blue so that every time you enter the room after a long day you can feel your body tension immediately relax. In your bedroom especially, blue will calm you and help you unwind for the night.

PURPLE

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A symbol of luxury, this sophisticated color can evoke many different feelings. A darker purple is rich and elegant, perfect for a range of different rooms in your home like your bedroom or living room. A lighter purple like lavender will suit your bathroom, making your space seem cleaner and fresher.

NEUTRALS

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This includes blacks, whites, grays and browns. Neutrals do not have to be boring. They can act as the perfect main color while brighter colors act as accents. As black can be overpowering if used too much, make sure to use the color only in small doses. At the same time, feel free to use and combine all shades of white to create contrasting tones.

When choosing what color to paint each of your rooms, think about what kind of atmosphere you want to design. If you want to come home to a cozy living room, try earthy browns or reds. If you want to wake up to a relaxing but lively bathroom, try a pale blue or lavender. However, color psychology is subjective, so if you feel as if you want to paint your living room blue and your bathroom red, you can’t go wrong!

Edited by Ellena Kilgallon