Color Psychology: Painting & Emotions


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What Is Color Psychology?

If you’re thinking about repainting a room in your home, have you thought about the mood that you want the room to evoke? Color psychology is an important aspect in choosing a paint color for a particular room. Color psychology is the effect that certain colors have on your mood; it’s how you feel being in a bright red room versus a dark blue room. There are several factors in matching a room color to the desired mood such as: the intended purpose of the room, how much time will be spent in the room, the look and color of the furniture in the room, and how you want to feel while living your life in that room. Once you’ve given thought to those factors, let’s take a look at the meaning and symbolism behind different color groups.


Lazy Sunday, Blue Monday?

What a room is designed for and what you do in that room can help determine the mood and paint color. For example, if you work from home in your living room, you may want a color that will help you remain focused and calm. While cooking dinner in your kitchen, you may want a warm and inviting color. If you spend a lot of time in a particular room, it’s important to choose a color that you will feel comfortable looking at every day. Another important thing to remember is that this exercise in paint color psychology is about feelings, and the idea that a room can make your day.


Color Psychology & Emotions


Qualities of various colors can have an effect on human emotions and behavior, and influence cognizance that may not otherwise be blatant. Here are a few popular colors with their meanings, emotions, and and what you may expect to harness from painted rooms.


Red Color Psychology

  • Romance
  • Warmth
  • Intensity
  • Mindfulness
  • Lively
  • Inviting


Yellow Color Psychology

  • Calming
  • Warmth
  • Softness
  • Neutrality
  • Brightening
  • Happiness
  • Freshness


Blue Color Psychology

  • Cooling
  • Subdued
  • Independence
  • Relaxing
  • Inspiring
  • Introspective


Black Color Psychology

  • Sophistication
  • Authoritative
  • Prestige
  • Mysterious
  • Artistic
  • Sensitivity
  • Elegance
  • Classic


Brown Color Psychology

  • Earthy
  • Grounded
  • Neutrality
  • Warmth
  • Stability
  • Comfort


If you feel inspired by this article and want to repaint your home, please contact us at Painter Bros to get started. Be sure to check out the top colors of 2021 as well!