Yes colour psychology is real. While the exact link between colour and mood is not fully understood, it has been scientifically proven that colour does affect how we act, think and feel.
Color psychology is the study of hues as a determinant of human behavior. Color influences perceptions that are not obvious, such as the taste of food. Colours can also enhance the effectiveness of placebos.
It makes sense then that the paint colours we choose to paint the walls of our home will affect our mood. In this post, we’ll explore how you can pick a paint colour to inspire specific moods like warmth, comfort or creativity.
Room Paint Colours & Mood
Let’s look at the personality of different colours and how they might affect our mood. Remember colours can be softened and contrasted with other colours to reduce any negative associations.
Positive: purity, innocence, cleanliness, freshness, and simplicity
Negative: stark, boring, bland, isolation
Positive: powerful colour best used as an accent colour to create balance
Negative: associated with death, mourning and evil
Positive: warmth, comfort, security, natural and earthy
Negative: loneliness, sadness, and isolation
Positive: love, passion, warmth, coziness
Positive: cheery, warm, bright, energetic and sunny
Negative: frustration and fatigue
Positive: calming, security, serenity, tranquility and reliability
Negative: sadness, aloofness and conservative
Positive: balanced, refreshing, calming and revitalizing
Positive: luxurious, exotic, sensual, wisdom, spiritual and royal
Positive: feminine, love, romance, calming, kindness
Book A Colour Consultation
Confused about colour? A colour consultation with a professional painter can make choosing paint colours easier. If you are someone who also chooses safe, neutral tones, a colour consultant will be able to suggest some ideas (perhaps bolder colours?!) so you can express your personality without going overboard.