Can the Colors in Your Home Change Your Mood?

· March 7, 2019
Learn more in the following article on how the colors in your home have a hidden "power" that can change both behavior and mood.

Many studies have been done to discover how colors in your home affect different aspects of your life, like clothing, food, and surroundings. Whether or not you believe in Feng Shui, psychology also comments on the phenomenon of how hues and tones relate to our mood. Learn more in the following article.

What to Know About Colors in Your Home

Color perception though your eyes is a complex neurophysiological process that is associated with the physical event of light, causing sensations in people and even in animals. Basically, it belongs to an energy that affects us in different ways, producing different experiences but with similar patterns. Each color contains a different meaning.

  • White: Symbolizes purity, peace, innocence, and optimism, it is associated with divinity, stability, harmony, and calmness.
  • Yellow: Always radiates off everything and above all, it is the color related to sunlight and represents intelligence.

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  • Orange: The color of fire and flames, it symbolizes energy, delight, pleasure, and is also related to the sun.
  • Red: The most stimulating, it represents power, energy, and vitality.
  • Violet: Indicates the absence of tension and symbolizes calmness, serenity, dignity, and self control.
  • Blue: Transmits serenity, sincerity, harmony, faithfulness, and confidence.
  • Green: Hope and nature, it is the perfect harmony between the sky (blue) and the sun (yellow). It also expresses desire, balance, and rest.
  • Pink: A synonym of innocence, fondness, kindness, and the absence of anything evil.
  • Black: The opposite of light, which it is hiding, death, night.
  • Grey: Equalizes everything, expresses boredom, grief, age, and indetermination.

How to Use Colors in Your Home?

Beyond the meanings of each of the many colors in your home, you should also keep in mind how the colors in your home have a hidden “power” that can change both behavior and mood.

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In the case of white, it is advisable for any room where serenity and mental peace is required on a higher level.

Grey can be used in offices because it symbolizes success and inspires creativity. 

Yellow can clear confused minds and helps stimulate your brain.

Orange increases immunity and power, making it an excellent option for a bedroom or a living room. It can also be used in the kitchen because it has a warming effect.

Red is used for intensifying metabolism: it is a synonym of passion, so it can be used for the main bedroom, for example.

Blue dissipates fears and calms your mind. It is great for an entrance hall.

Green balances emotions, stimulates compassion, and revitalizes the spirit.

Colors in Your Home: What to Watch Out For

Be careful with excess color because this can have negative effects on the mind. If your house contains too much white, without any other tones, it will cause disorientation and fatigue. If there is too much yellow, it causes exhaustion and too much mental activity. Violet causes negative thoughts, blue causes depression, sorrow, and regret. Red causes agitation, tension, and anxiety. Orange causes anxiety.

That is why we recommend not abusing one single color among all the colors in your home, but rather trying to match them with furniture. For example, leave one wall white with something else to offset it in another color. To achieve harmony, it is necessary to coordinate different tones in a harmonic way. Keep in mind that warm colors are considered to be stimulants, exciting, and happy. Cold colors are sedative and calming, but sometimes depressing.

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Feng Shui and Colors

Colors in your home have a specific energy for this oriental philosophy. You should know that the color of your walls can influence the wellbeing of the people who live in the house. Feng Shui claims to use the laws of earth and heaven in order to improve your life and energy.

It is a system and an art that seeks harmonization. Each color contains a specific energy. This is why, depending on how you paint your house, it can change your way of relating to other people, sleeping, working, and studying.  Before deciding on what color tone to use, it may prove best to consult a Feng Shui expert. Just to name one case: if you paint it grey, you will probably feel depressed and tired, the same as what happens on cloudy days.

In order to channel your energy, get good results, and achieve peaceful coexistence with others, you must think about the tones in each environment. Do not abuse any of them in particular, no matter how much of a fan you are of one particular color.

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The Meaning of Feng Shui

Feng Shui is based on five elements. Each of them has a color associated with it. In order for the energy to flow equally, you must have all of them in perfect harmony. Fire is related to the range of reds, pinks, and oranges (energetic, dynamic, and vital spaces). Earth links with browns and yellows (security and stability). Metal links with whites, silvers, and some golds (reflection and planning). Water links with blacks and blues (fresh, mysterious, and fluid sensations). And wood links with greens (growth, expansive, and juvenile environments).

This means that for an environment to be in harmony, all five elements must be present. The same is true for the colors in your home.

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