How Paint Colors Affect the Mood in A Room

Every morning we wake up, our moods are affected by rest, health, sunlight, texture, and even color. Most families are unaware of how much interior paint colors affect our overall behavior and energy levels. 

Studies prove that when our eyes are connected with color, chemicals released in our brains directly affect mood. So, the paint colors in your rooms have more of an effect on mood than you may think.

How Red Colors Affect Mood

Red is generally associated with passion, luxury, adventure, and energy. Red is a hot color that conjures images of fire and sometimes even rage. 


However, red is said to generate conversation and appetite. So, where should red be placed within your interior painting scheme? 

Red Paint Color Placement

Red gives a bold first impression. Dining, foyers, and living rooms are great places to implement red paint colors.

Red can be vibrant and provide energy. Like red wine, red can be a dark and rich color. One of our favorites is Red Barn by Sherwin-Williams.

Red is said to be the first color the human eye identifies, making it one of the most intense colors known. Thematically, most interior painting layouts would not incorporate reds in bedrooms or places of relaxation.

Purple Paint Color Mood

Purple invokes a calm, sophisticated, and relaxed feel. Some may interpret the energy emitted by this color as dismal or dull. For others, purple creates a sense of depth and is said to promote creativity. It is also said to stimulate the problem-solving portions of the brain.


This color may be a perfect application for a study or library! Purple is commonly utilized for areas such as bed and dining room accents. 

Purple Paint Colors Recommendations

What if someone recommended a paint color with a purple undertone? Would you consider it? Why purple? Purple colors offer a wide range of design flares that could enhance your living spaces. But before considering purple, you must identify potential areas.

Unless purple merely serves as an accent color, the purple undertones must complement the furnishings in the room. Even then, not every home can fit purple into its decor.

When considering neutral purples, we do not recommend light purples such as lavender or lilac but richer colors. Benjamin Moore’s Amazon Soil and Mountain Ridge are perfect examples of rich colors containing deep purple undertones.

Sherwin-Williams Ripe Berry is also one of our favorite purple colors and is sure to please if purple is a consideration.

Blue Bedroom Colors & How They Affect Mood

Blue is one of the most natural of all colors. It is often reminded of natural scenery such as the ocean, sky, and water reminiscent. Blue is also a very calming color, said to help reduce blood pressure and slow respiration, and it could help someone struggling with nightmares.


Several people say that their favorite color is blue. So, it’s no mistake that blue is commonly painted in bedrooms and nurseries. Blue can be an airy feeling color. However, it doesn’t always fit into the traditional category of warm colors. For interior painting, blue flows and complements almost all decor!

However, dark blues can give off a sense of sadness. It could promote a dismal overall tone for the area, better known as “the blues”! Instead, choose colors reminiscent of baby blue or marine, like SW Sea Salt.

Sherwin Williams 6225 Sleepy Blue is always a safe choice!

How Green Colors In A Room Affect Mood

If suitable for your home, you may want to consider a bold look. Green may offer the bold but calm feeling you desire, but it could evoke more than what meets the eye.

Green is said to help with fertility. Green is also known to help with relaxation. It is one of the most restful colors to the eye. Green is associated with money or wealth and the spring season. This is also widely known as a color of life, giving, and forgiveness.


Most people associate interior neutral colors with browns and grays. These selections of colors are often referred to as “earth tones.” However, there are several additional colors in the earth tone family, and green is undoubtedly one of them.

Our famous green colors include:

Where to Paint Green Colors

Green can offer an everlasting feeling of spritely energy and a sense of spring within kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Green is the most common color that is associated with nature. When considering the association between green and nature, it should be no surprise that green is considered a neutral color!

As you are mulling over colors, stay true to your identity. Even after combining a few different themes throughout your home, you’re more likely to pull it all together and have seamless transitions between other locations throughout the home by doing so.

Colors to try within your living space:

Painting A Room in Yellow & Orange

Several colors are considered bright and energetic. However, yellow and orange are the most common paint colors that are identified as vibrant. 

These colors can be used in specific areas within an interior paint scheme. The ideal areas are dining rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and other common areas. 


How Yellow Enhances Mood

Yellow is the happy color! It is also the warmer yet subtle color of the energetic family. It is said to help with depression and mood enhancement. It’s also said that yellow provokes conversation and connections between people. 

Yellow can also promote enlightenment and clear thinking. However, sunshine yellows will be more cheerful and energetic than yellows with a slightly orange undertone.

The Feel of Rustic Orange

Orange is another vibrant color of choice for specific rooms. This color, again, is warm, inviting, and enthusiastic. More energetic variations of orange create higher levels of positive raw energy. 


Darker tones are considered to be exotic and luxurious. Some potential clients scoff when orange colors are merely mentioned. However, this color can enhance the home’s overall layout in the correct location. 

Orange or yellow can add much character to bonus rooms, playrooms, and exercise rooms. Be careful when attempting to coordinate colors with orange. Blacks, blues, purple, and pink should often be avoided.


There is more to colors than what we think. So, take your time and make sure the color inspires you before painting with it. Secondly, don’t overthink the process of choosing colors. Trust your gut, no matter what someone tells you or how technical choosing colors may seem.

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