Colors have an impact on how we feel, hence how important it is to choose the right paint colors for your home. What comes to mind when you think of a certain color?

Colors affect your mood

Colors affect our mood through their saturation and brightness. Saturation is the intensity or purity of hue. Colors are often categorized in two ways: warm colors vs cool colors.

Warm vs Cool color wheel

Warm colors are inviting and energizing. They include red, orange, yellow, and other combinations of the three.  These colors are best in kitchens and living rooms.

Decorating your home is good for your health.

Cool colors are fresh and relaxing. They include blue, green, purple, and other combinations of the three. These colors are good to have in a bedroom or bathroom. You might take some inspiration from the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year. But feel free to use whatever paint color you prefer for your home- there are no rules.

Often times when you think of red you think of happiness while blue is sad. According to a study by, red has the longest wavelength, which requires the most adjustment from your retina to look at. This is why emergency and stop signs are in red. Blue requires no adjustment; therefore, it is restful. Red is an active color while blue is passive (Johannes Itten 1973)

No matter how you view the colors that are available to you, there is much evidence that decorating your home is good for your health, and color choice has a lot to do with that. How do you feel in your current master bedroom. The colors affect your mood, sleep, and even your entire day.

How to use color in your home

Let’s look at some examples of color in interior design installations. How do these colors affect your mood or reaction?

The color red

Since red is the longest wave length, it has high visibility and grabs people’s attention. Red is a powerful color and adds warmth to a room. It is a great color to make a dramatic statement.

The color yellow

Yellow is associated with happiness, energy, and sunshine. There are many different tones; bright yellow can bring attention, while muted yellow can bring warmth and optimism.

The color green

Green reminds people of nature. Green is associated with growth, healing, and money. How can one bring outside vibes into a home? Add green. Whether it be lime green or deep evergreen, this color brings about a sense of restoration and healing.

The color blue

Blue is said to lower blood pressure, it is relaxing and calming. Blue is associated with the sky, water. It brings trust and stability to an environment. Create a room in your home that allows guests to feel cozy, calm, and distressed.

Black and white

White is associated with purity and light. White is clean and black gives depth.  While black is associated with power, elegance and mystery. Black and white contrast well with each other.

Contact Tiffany Hanken Design

If these examples of how colors affect your mood have inspired you to design, well… you’re in the right place. Tiffany Hanken Design can assist you in choosing which colors best suit your home, your personal style, and your interior design scheme. Contact us today.