How Colours Affect Your Environment & Mood


JUNE 06, 2021

When you think about colour, it brings a certain feeling to your mind. It can alter your mood or help you recollect some fond memories. Colour is always around us. It is a powerful design tool that impacts the way you feel about your home. Different colours bring out various moods of the rooms, but they also affect how you perceive the size of a room. Additionally, choosing particular colours also hint at your personality through your home décor choices. For example, some people use subtle ways to decorate their home such as using a pop of colour whereas others use geometric patterns of different colours. 

We do not pay too much attention to unique colours or how colours can affect our mood. However, when you are able to implement some of the colours mentioned below, you might see how it affects your space. According to Very Well Mind, colours can affect your mood and even decisions you may make. Therefore, when you are looking at decor and paint for your new home, adding some colour palettes to figure out the mood and spacing of your different rooms would be a good starting point. 

Colours for different spaces

Light colours can help create a spacious environment. They help reflect off the natural light that comes into the room, making the room look bigger. Some colours you can choose are white, beige, and light pastels. Your furniture can reflect the same, working off of the same palette in different tones. However, remember to add pops of colours. For example, a white wall with a beige couch calls for some coloured or patterned cushions. You can also opt to paint the back wall and ceiling a dark colour, leaving the side walls in a lighter tone, making the space appear wider.

Colours for a cozy environment

If you have a large space and are looking to give it a cozier look, you can opt for stronger colours on your walls. Colours such as grey, coffee/deep brown, or peacock blue. Painting two walls that are opposite each other and leaving the ceiling and other walls in light colours will also make your space seem narrower. You can also explore doing an accent wall, which is leaving all your walls the same colour, except for one. This works best for bedrooms, usually the wall your bed is against. Some great colours for this include maroon or emerald green.  

Colours for calmness

Calming tones such as yellow or blue can help your space look brighter, therefore giving it more energy – perfect for those mornings when you wake up. This is why these colours are recommended for areas you are active in such as the kitchen or workout areas. Blue can add a sense of calm, so if you have a bathtub that you use often, blue is the way to go for bathroom walls. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can look at some light shades of purple to add a tone of serenity.

Colours for different moods

If you are looking for something more modern or eclectic, using texture through colours is a great way to elevate your mood and environment. Geometric patterns using tape is a great way to add something unique to your space and a fun DIY (do-it-yourself) project. Alternatively, something simple like mural patterns add elegance and serenity to your rooms. These specifically work best for living rooms or bedrooms, with a dark mural pattern over a lighter coat of paint. For your kitchen and bathroom, you can explore using patterned tiles. Blue and white are a great combination, bringing out energy and vibrance for spaces where you spend a lot of your time starting the day.