Many times when building our dream home or even fantasizing about it, we often take to the internet to find design ideas to ensure the look and feel is not only aesthetically appealing but also acceptable to our peers.

But have you considered in your fantasy creating a home that reflects positive happy vibes not only for the sake of visual appeal and acceptance but also your mood and psychological connection to the colors used? Here are a few examples of how to create these moods with a basic understanding of how your current color palette affects your mood

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Entry/Foyer

To most this where the neutral colors seem to make sense. Did you also know that the depressing grey walls of your entryway could be the reason guests don’t stay as long as you may like? Reds, yellows, and other warm hues stimulate those gathering and invite them to sit and stay for longer. Painting the foyer to your home a warm color will ensure your guests receive the warm welcome you hoped to give from the start.

Living Room/Den

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This is another great place to use warm colors. Utilize reds, yellows, and even some earthy tones to create a welcoming area once again. The brain also interprets these colors as stimulating but in a good way and creates a place that will offer long visits with friends. Reds and oranges are thought to raise the heart rate and stimulate action so if you’re in the mood for a good game of charades the living room will be a great place to achieve this.

Kitchen

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Before you paint your whole house red, remember this interesting detail many miss when dining out. The restaurant industry has long understood the power of color in their decor and profits, and the way they go hand in hand. So when painting the kitchen you will want to actually avoid red as it is said to stimulate the appetite. This is especially true if you’re attempting to diet or have a poor relationship with food in general. The more red, the more you eat and restaurants bank on this (literally) every time you go out to eat. Ever notice most restaurants have red somewhere in the dining area? It’s best to stick with inviting colors like yellows and neutral colors beige, tan, grey, to better avoid overeating.

Dining Room

transitional-dining-roomRemember I just said reds stimulate the heart and are known to cause a heartier appetite? This is a great place to use that deep cranberry hue you’ve been eyeing at the hardware store. Another great thing about using reds in the dining room is you’re going to appear as if you’re a better cook, unless you’re like me and burn everything. Timer’s will be your only friend here.

Bedrooms

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Outside of the natural want of a child to choose their own room color due to their growing need for independence bedrooms are typically seen as places to relax and recharge our batteries for our busy lives. A key to remember here is to stick with cool and calming colors such as blues, greens, and opaque natural spa like choices. If you’ve been to a spa, you’ll notice the use of whites and teals to calm and relax the mind. It’d be hard to relax in a red room as it would be difficult to feel the need to take action in a light teal and white room. This is thanks to our brains recognition of color as a stimuli or a relaxer. Keep the room cool and you and your partner will be in line for a nice relaxing sanctuary.

Bathroom

bathroom-best-paint-colors-for-small-bathroomsThe bathroom has long been a place of sanitation and white is the most obvious choice, but the reality is that blues, greens, and whites mixed together (think spa like again here) will create not only a clean look but a relaxing place for that much needed bubble bath by candlelight to refuel your body and soothe those tired tense muscles.

As you can see, the choice of color for even the basic rooms in your house can affect your mood greatly and the mood of those you invite into your home. Remember these key points and you’ll be on your way to a modern and welcoming home for you to enjoy for years to come.

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