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How Color Feels in the Home

How Color Feels in the Home

It helps to choose the colors you plan to live with in your home with awareness of how different colors affect your emotional and physical states. Every color has a unique vibration all of its own, and this can significantly affect how you feel in a room.

Using this simple chart, you can choose a room’s color to be in balance and harmony with the role you want a room to have in your and your family’s life.

Red: A room that is painted red will energize, inspire activity and movement, help passion, be powerful and stimulating. A red room can also be exhausting and overpowering, and stressful for those who are anxious. Pink is less demanding. Choosing a red bedroom would not be restful, although some red can be used to enhance sensuality. A red exercise room would be energizing! In Feng Shui red means luck.

Orange: Orange rooms encourage happy, joyful, social gatherings. While an orange dining room or family room can stimulate the appetite, it is a great choice for such gathering places. Orange enhances parties, communication, positive feelings, and general good cheer.

Yellow: Yellow rooms inspire intellectual clarity, organization, clear headed articulate thinking, and happy energy. Yellow is considered a color for the logical left side of the brain. Yellow is also very bright and somewhat energizing, so one needs to choose its placement with care. A yellow office might be intellectually beneficial, but not allow restful downtime, for example, so one might want to choose to include yellow accents instead of painting each wall yellow.

Green: Green rooms are very restful but combine with an energizing quality. Green is the color of outdoors, calm and active at the same time. Green brings balance and harmony, healing, and rejuvenation to a room, and can be used as a calming place for people who are troubled or in need of refreshment.

Blue: Blue rooms are often chosen for bedrooms and meditation rooms because its cool energy is very calming, restful, peaceful, and spiritual. Blue helps inspire a quiet meditative quality, and color therapy with blue has been found to reduce blood pressure. Blue is also useful to soothe one to sleep.

Purple/Indigo: Purple is very comforting, protective, spiritual, and calming. It is a rich color which inspires faith, intuition and trust. Entire rooms painted purple could be overpowering, but a light violet could provide a very healing and calming atmosphere.

White: White rooms work anywhere combined with accent colors. White is very purifying, uplifting and cleansing, although too much white can reflect a sterile, isolating quality. White ceilings are recommended because they reflect light and brighten any room.

Read more: Spirit, Feng Shui & Organizing, Green Home Decor, Self-Help

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:53PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you for article.

10:52PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you for article.

5:38PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:06PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

I hate all white. and I think color on ceilings is fine..

5:54AM PDT on Mar 20, 2011


6:08PM PST on Feb 28, 2011

Thanks :)

11:41AM PDT on Sep 18, 2010


8:21PM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

Thank you, I have to think about this.

3:21AM PST on Dec 28, 2009

In my case, my living room/kitchen/workspace is tiny, I think I probably need ideas on how to make it look a bit less inviting! Thanks for sharing your hub, great advice.
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3:35PM PDT on Apr 17, 2008

Ellen W:

any colour YOU would love to look at for three seasons. ;)

Then again, warm (sunny golden) yellow is always a good choice. (Just make sure you don't mistake it for lemony yellow or any pale nance, unless you really love them). Cool tones can be very depressing, especially in winter.

A rich (not pale) green is also a good choice.

Or just cover it with wood panels, if you'd like a warm & natural look.

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