If you find inspiration in the pages of an interior design brochure, or from the bold-colored carpets in your local design store, think about how you may feel when the color paint inside your new home finally dries. Many interior design professionals and psychologists acknowledge the strong effect that carpet color can have on people’s mood.
How Color and Decor can affect Psychology
Color psychology is the study of how different colors can affect human’s feelings and emotions. According to a quote on the Pantone Color Website, there’s a whole bunch of stimulation happening inside one’s brain when they see color that may not be immediately apparent. “The psychological association of a color is often more meaningful than the visual experience… Scientists have found that actual physiological changes take place in human beings [when exposed to particular] colors. Colors can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilize, increase appetite, and create a feeling of warmth and coolness.”
While the above statement might be completely true, every person has their own subjective tastes. It can be hard to decide which color is right for a room, whether it’s your kitchen, living room, or work space – because if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in this room, you want to ensure that it’s a color that’s right for you. Before you head out to the store to get a whole bunch of paint samples, here’s a list of different colors and how they may affect one’s mood.
Specific Colors and Emotion Changes
The soft tones of yellow carpets have been shown to affect happiness and invoke a sense of cheer, so any room that’s going to be very lived-within are fantastic spots to use sunny yellow tones. However, don’t overdo it – too much yellow in a single room (carpets, furniture, and accessories) can cause stress. Make sure to find the right color ratio for your space.
Light pink has been said to invoke relaxation – which makes it a great choice for children’s rooms. If you don’t like a totally pink room, consider adding pink accents to the room.
Red bedrooms have been shown to cause increased hunger, which might make it a bad choice for a bedroom but a good choice for a dining room – since it’s also said to cause energy.
Purple is a great choice for rooms where you want to achieve maximum luxury – think rooms where you might throw a dinner, put on makeup, or take a luxurious bath.
Orange is energetic and invokes happiness making it a great choice for workout rooms – and if the intensity of the orange is too strong for you, consider adding a single piece of bold orange artwork to your room.
Invoking relaxation and a tranquil sense, green is a fantastic choice for rooms where you want to relax, unwind, and read a book.
White rooms contribute to a room’s feeling of openness and airiness, which has the ability to make small spaces seem much larger.
Gray is a very minimal yet practical color choice that imparts a sense of serenity – it can be used as a contrast to make brighter colors pop, and can be applied almost everywhere.
Brown gives of a sense of coziness and closeness so it’s an ideal color for rooms for social gatherings – and if you have any stone in your house, brown is a fantastic complimentary color.