The colors you pick for your household greatly affect the way you and other people feel on a day-to-day basis. From setting an atmosphere to accentuating furniture, the hues you choose for your walls can make or break a room.

Though you might be wondering what exactly certain colors might mean in the context of a home. Perhaps you’d be interested to know that colors actually have some rather specific influences on the mind and thus the way you perceive different rooms.

So first we’ll delve into warm colors, sunset tones like yellow, red and orange. Red is the most passionate of the bunch and is a very bold color, many suggest using red in kitchens as some studies have shown that red positively affects the metabolic rate!

Orange is a vibrant and energetic color, it can even be an earthy tone and is often associated with creativity, this makes it quite suitable for living rooms. Yellow is often considered the most vibrant and energizing of the warm colors, inspiring enthusiasm and increasing metabolism, making it suitable for kitchens and living rooms.

Cooler colors often slow heart rate and keep moods more serene. Colors like green and blue are calming, down to earth hues that encourage a peaceful environment, which is why they’re very good choices for bedrooms and bathrooms.

Purple also has a very similar effect on the mind, with lighter tones being more tranquil, and harsher bold tones being more striking to the individual.

The neutral tones are gray, black, brown and tan. Black is the strongest of the neutral tones and can often make a room suffocating if it’s the only color in use, but on a more positive note it can make a room very elegant if used properly and is very popular in minimalist designed households.

The neutral tones work very well with both cool and warm colors but probably shouldn’t be used to paint entire rooms alone.

Next Week more on the individual colors