Color psychology basically studies how color affects people's moods and behaviors.

It is very important to understand when deciding on colors used to decorate your home.

Here is a list of the affects basic colors tend to have on people to help you use color psychology when decorating your home.

Tips and Tricks for Using Color Psychology When Decorating Your Homephoto courtesy of Doug Waldron
Red intensifies feelings.

It can be very passionate, but can lead to aggression.

Red also can make people feel more hungry.

Consider using red in a master bedroom or dining room.


Blue is a tranquil color that has a cooling effect.

It reminds us of the water and sky, which is relaxing but can enhance depression.

Blue would be a good color for an energetic child's bedroom.


Yellowis a cheerful color. It can aid us in waking up in the morning, drawing attention, or helping us stay alert.

Consider using a buttery yellow in a kitchen or a bedroom of someone who is not a morning person.


Purple is a royal color that is not very prevalent in nature, thus it evokes a feeling of luxury.

Purple can be calming and enhance creativity.

Consider using a purple color in an elegant room or in a creative room, such as an art studio.


Green is reminiscent of grass, trees, and nature. It can be calming and relaxing.

Green is not as calming as blue, so it would be a better choice for someone who has depression issues.

Consider using green in a living room.


Orange is a bold and exciting color. It demands attention but it can be warm and welcoming when mixed with a little brown.

Consider using coppery brown accessories in a living room.


Whatever color you select, don't be afraid to take chances. Most people don't love living in a plain white, grey, or beige home.


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