How Colors Affect Your Mood

You may not realize it, but colors you surround yourself with may have a lot of influence on your behavior and feelings.

Do you have a favorite color? Of course you do, everybody does. But have you considered what it means? Do you have things predominantly in this color? Even though you may like that color, things can get boring after a while.

If you feel like it is time for a change, you can always change the color scheme of your kitchen or any other part of your home where you spend a lot of time. But which color should you choose? This article explains what each color is associated with, so you can make your own choice.


Red is a very conflicting color. Although most experts agree that it is a very dynamic color, the exact meaning and emotional association is still debated. Some claim that it has a positive effect on people, evoking passion and love, while others claim that it triggers the feeling of danger and anger.

Both sides agree that it can lead to increased heart rate and excitement. Due to its prominence, you can use this color to draw attention to something. That’s why many important notices are in red.


On the opposite spectrum from red, blue has an overwhelmingly calming effect on people. When you are surrounded by blue, you tend to feel relaxed. This explains why so many people claim that blue is their favorite color.

The deeper the hue of blue, however, the less warm and friendly it looks. Darker notes are often used as business colors, just think about many business suits and logos.


Green is a very vital color, but it is still easy on the eye. It is often associated with health. Much like blue, it is a relaxing color. These two traits make it very common in hospitals and other places of healing.

When it comes to design and home decoration, it is often used to balance out the strong and aggressive colors like red. Many companies use this color to show either their commitment to environmentalism or to project success and wealth.


Even though you may not realize it, yellow is a very energetic color. In design and home decoration, it is most commonly used for accents and drawing attention to a detail. It evokes the feelings of optimism and happiness.

However, unlike green, it is not easy on the eye and it is therefore not often used as a primary color in home decoration.


Purple is often associated with wealth and luxury. Darker hues have a calming effect on people, while lighter ones evoke romance and mystery, so it is often used as a primary color in bedrooms.

Neutral Colors

White is the most neutral color and therefore it serves many purposes, depending on your needs. Other than white, grays are also considered very neutral and not associated with any particular feeling or effect. These two are typically used as background colors when you want to really draw attention to the accents you put up. Naturally, white is used with darker hues, whereas gray tends to work better with lighter ones.

Tan and brown are also considered drab and unimpressive colors, so they are often used as backgrounds for textured details, rather than primary colors in home decoration. The exception to this is when you have a lot of wood in your home. That’s when these colors can be used to complement the tones of the wood.

Even if you do not feel like this list is accurate, it has been scientifically proven. However, not everyone is equally susceptible to the effects of colors.