Happy Home: Mood-Boosting Paint Colours

When it comes to decorating a house, colour is so much more than a matter of taste. In fact, plenty of scientific evidence suggests that use of colour can have a major impact on a person’s mood. (There is a reason people don’t paint their bedrooms red!)

From blue to white, keep reading to learn more about which colours work best in which room and why.


Often associated with optimism and the sun, no colour evokes happiness quite like yellow does. Just be careful not to go overboard—nobody should feel like they have to wear sunglasses inside your house. Yellow, or any other warm-based colour like coral, is fabulous—it is considered a happy and uplifting colour. It is especially good in rooms that are dark or don’t get a lot of light. Kitchens, entryways, and living rooms are good in these tones. They are convivial, friendly and make you feel like you are surrounded by sunshine—they are a great mood lifter.


White is anything but boring. It denotes purity and cleanliness and reflects light more than any other colour. Translation: it’s perfect for opening up small, dark spaces.

If you do it right, white has been long adored for creating the illusion of space and height. Using one colour, wrapped around the whole room, will help the viewer’s eye travel throughout the space. An expert suggests trying a pale grey or cream if a bright white tone feels too sterile.


A great option for city dwellers that long for the outdoors, green, the colour of plants and nature, represents growth and life. Shades of green work best in areas that require more quiet and extended concentration, like a bedroom, office or library.


Orange is known for its warmth, energy and ability to stimulate appetites.  According to experts, it is the most social of all colours. It stimulates conversation, communication, and interaction. It reflects youth and energy and is a great choice for anywhere you want lots of action, activity, and high energy. A great choice for a gym, family room, kitchen, or as an accent wall in a child’s bedroom.


Psychologically, blue is associated with tranquillity and contentment. Deep blue is considered to be the optimum colour for slowing down the body and mind to allow relaxation and recuperation.

Blue can make you feel calm, centred, and content wherever you use it, which makes it a great colour for the bedroom as well as the home office. Cooler blues and greens are said to evoke feelings of quiet and solitude, especially when used in bedrooms.

Credit: Southern Living (http://www.southernliving.com)

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