Scientific Findings Behind Color – Cool Quizzes Included Too!

First Off, I totally ganked this from Abby V., my co-star on HGTV Star, and she swiped this article from but it is worth the read and possible charge of plagiarism. It is an article about color psych.


Did you know the colors you use in your home decor can affect your mood? According to the psychology of color, the way you perceive certain colors translates into the world around you, including your home. For example, yellow is energizing while blue is calming. This guide will help you learn how to use colors in your home to your benefit, and your family’s.

Decorating with Color:

  • Red: Bold, exciting, and passionate, red contains tons of vitality. Use red as an accent color anywhere in your home where you want to add a bit of lively energy. Studies also suggest that warm colors stimulate the appetite, especially red. A little red in your kitchen and dining room can promote healthy eating habits. If you want to keep your appetite in check, focus on a few accent pieces or paint one wall red with rest of the room a more neutral color.
  •  Orange: As vibrant and lively as red, orange is associated with warmth, energy, and positive feelings. Incorporate the hue into common areas where your family gathers to promote health and happiness in your home. It’s also a great choice for areas where you entertain guests, like your living room or backyard patio. Orange is also said to boost creative energy. Consider painting an art studio or play room orange to encourage creativity.
  •  Yellow: Studies shows a person’s brain actually releases more serotonin when exposed to the color yellow. It can make you feel agreeable, optimistic, and generally happy. Use the shade in areas of your home where you’d like to boost the mood and promote feelings of happiness, like the entryway where you first step into the house and greet guests, the kitchen or patio where you entertain, or even workout rooms to give your workout an extra shot of energy.
  •  Green: Peaceful and refreshing, green is associated with nature and serenity. Use the shade in areas where you like to relax. Since it’s a mix of energetic yellow and soothing blue, green is a popular choice for bedrooms. Cooler shades of green are calming while warmer shades help you get up and go in the morning. Green gives an outdoor living space, such as a patio or courtyard, a naturally soothing touch as well. Create an at-home escape with plants, outdoor furniture, and decor in various shades of green.
  •  Blue: This hue is calming and relaxing, even more so than green. Using blue in the bedroom can help you unwind after a long day and even help you get a better night’s sleep. The color is often associated with water, making it a popular choice for bathrooms as well. Even a little blue in the kitchen can help you bring a serene feeling to your home and balance appetite-boosting warm colors. It’s been suggested that the calming aspects of blue make it the most productive color and a popular choice for home offices.
  •  Purple: This color has long been associated with royalty. Use it in areas like the bedroom, living room, or a formal dining room to evoke a sense of luxury. Like other colors on the cool end of the spectrum, it’s calming, yet purple has a touch of the intensity and passion of red. Purple is also said to increase problem-solving abilities, making it great for a home office or study area.
  •  Brown: Ranging from soft neutrals to rich and deep shades, brown is associated with stability. The earthy color can ground brighter colors and bring balance to a room. Wood furniture and neutral walls will add a sense of harmony to any room. Bring elements of natural brown into your home to create feelings of warmth and earthiness.
  •  White: Crisp and pure, white can create a sense of simplicity. Use white in combination with any color to simplify your decorating scheme. Bright white is popular in bedrooms, where you don’t want to feel cluttered, and in bathrooms and kitchens, where clean and simple is ideal. White also creates a sense of more space. Use white paint or white furniture in smaller rooms to make them feel more spacious.
  •  Black: Simple, sleek, and modern, black evokes a sense of power and timeless style. Choose black furniture or accents for a home office to evoke authority and stature, or touches of black in a formal dining or living room to give a sense of simple, timeless elegance. Avoid using too much black in rooms; black can make a space appear small or cramped.


  1. This is the absolute beginners guide on color. I love that it has some tests behind it that so very smart scientist probably administered. But – I must pump the brakes on this just a tad. BLACK is actually a color that feels endless, just as you would look up into a starry sky and feel like you can reach the ends of the earth, I think the same way with painting a room. BLACK IS FAB and you cannot go wrong with a lot of it.
  2. White furniture will never, ever make a room feel spacious – a spacious room, and a smart floorplan will make a room feel spacious.
  3. The jury is still out on the bit about red. It increases appetite, but you also use the color to suppress it? I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I am hungry in any space – red, orange, blue, or green!

Here are some Great Color Quizzes online to take if you have a couple of minutes to blow off:

Take this one to see what color YOU are

This one is a personality trait color based quiz

This quiz tells you how well you see color

Hope ya’ll have a wonderful short week!


My top 10 striped rooms. By Tiffany Brooks Chicago Interior Designer * Interior Stylist

Tiffany B.

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