How the Colors in Your Space Impact Your Mood

Living daily in the world of design, I'm probably overly in tune with the way spaces influence my mood and behavior, and color has a big part to play in that! When we bought our house four years ago, almost every room in the house was painted white. I adore white—it’s clean, bright but calming, and allows you to play with fun pops of color in your furniture and accent pieces. There are a few rooms, though, that don’t get a lot of natural light, which can make your white walls look yellow and dingy.

As we decided which rooms to paint and in what color, I grew increasingly interested in this topic of color psychology. Since high school, I’ve been a lover of psychology, and am always looking into new personality typologies (I’m currently wayyyy into the enneagram—definitely check it out! I'm a 3, if you were wondering...), and this color piece is very helpful in understanding why we feel differently in the various spaces where we spend our days.

There are two broad categories of color: warm colors and cool colors. Warm colors include your reds, oranges, and yellows, while cool colors are blues, greens, and purples. I would say that the greyscale would tend toward the cool side as well, though there are definitely warm grays and whites.

A few shots of my warm neutrals + cooler colors themed home