How Room Color Affects Mood

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You probably already know that colors can impact the way you feel. Ever been green with jealousy? Ever felt a little blue? Colors are closely tied to how we feel on the inside. From a design perspective, colors also serve an important function. Darker colors make walls appear to come closer, giving a sense of depth to a room. Light colors, on the other hand, can make a space feel larger.

So it’s no secret that picking the color on your walls is important to how the room looks and feels. But how do you decide what color you should use in your room? Let’s dive into some basic color psychology to learn more.


Warm colors like yellow, red, orange and pink create a sense of intimacy and energy. With their vibrant color, they are intense but comforting. Warm colors advance the walls towards you, which makes them perfect for large rooms that need a little help feeling intimate and comfortable.

Many people love the instant drama and friendliness of warm colors in entryways, living rooms, and master bedrooms. Because warm colors are energizing, be careful of their high-impact finish in small rooms. They can make a space feel claustrophobic and overly busy.

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Blues, purples, greens, and cool toned yellows are popular choices in interior design for their familiarity and easy harmony with popular furniture finishes. Additionally, cool colors tend to make a room feel larger by making the walls seem to recede. Cool toned colors are soothing, so they’re popular choices for bathrooms, bedrooms, and any place we go to relax. They can also make rooms feel colder, so some people may find them off-putting in rooms with little natural light. Pick cool colors in any space you want to add a meditative air.

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This is somewhat of a false category, as all neutrals have undertones that trend them toward one color family or another. Pink toned neutrals, for example, have a hint of red pigment mixed in with the white. However, don’t think neutrals are all beiges! Black and white are both neutrals, for example.  

Though few rooms can handle a coat of pure black paint on the walls, accent walls in extremely dark colors can make a space feel cozy and intimate. And of course, white paint is a classic wall color that makes a space feel bright and airy. When choosing neutral colors, pay attention to your undertones. The Color Monarch tool can help you identify some undertones you should look for in your space.

Learn how to select the perfect neutral paint color here.

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Choosing your color family

We suggest considering the use of the space first. Bedroom? Bathroom? Kitchen? Decide what color family best lends itself to the purpose of that room. Relaxing colors for your bathroom, but something lively for your dining room, for example. Then, get your color palette based on the items you already have in your home, and choose colors that suit the space the best! The Color Monarch tool will give you a range of colors within your unified palette, making it easy to find a color to suit your needs.

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