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We’ve just turned the calendar to a new year and it’s time to feel good. Perhaps you have resolutions to better your health, spend more time with family, or start a business. Maybe you’ve decided setting resolutions doesn’t work for you, so you’re concentrating on a fresh start with a new perspective.

If you’re ready to make a shift to seek joy in every avenue of your life, maybe it’s time to freshen up your space with colors that connect you to certain emotions. Whether you want to feel more inspired, relaxed, or happy, these colors will do it.

Colors That Spark Emotions

A color’s brightness, tint, and shade largely dictate the emotions we feel. Colors are generally categorized as warm and cool toned, which can also play into how you feel when you see or are surrounded by a particular shade.

Warm Colors

Warm colors include a variety of hues in the red, orange, and yellow families. These colors often conjure feelings of energy, happiness, and optimism. They can also grab your attention and signal danger, like a red light, warning sign, or emergency vehicle lights. Red is also connected to igniting appetite, which is why many restaurants use red in their marketing messages.

Cool Colors

Shades of blue, green, and purple belong to the cool colors family. These hues are often considered soothing and peaceful but are also connected to sadness. To create a creative space, use shades of purple. This cool color is a combination of blue (calming effect) and red (high energy) and is often used in relation to health, beauty, and security.

Whether you’re painting a bedroom, office, or work of art to hang in your home, color matters. Use our color guide below to incorporate the appropriate colors to match the emotion you hope to evoke.

Colors And Feelings

Look for the emotion you want to ignite with your painting project. Use the colors associated with the feeling.

  • Balance: When you need a space to decompress and return to center, light neutrals are a good choice. Use light shades of gray, cream or beige.
  • Calmness: Pastel hues are a good color choice when you want to create a calming effect. Incorporate mint, lilac, and baby blue.
  • Energizing: Highly pigmented colors are good for igniting energy. These bright colors are attention-grabbing and should be used sparingly to avoid irritating the eyes. Go for rich colors like emerald green, royal blue, turquoise, or bright red.
  • Happiness: Use bright, warm hues such as orange, yellow, and red. Shades of pastel can also be used to complement primary colors and leave an uplifting feeling. Try shades of pink, peach, or lilac to complement warm colors. You’ll produce a colorful space meant to ignite happy thoughts.
  • Peacefulness: Green is connected to feelings of peacefulness, given its close ties to nature. The color is also used to signify growth and good health.
  • Productivity: If you’re painting an office or creative workspace, choose a color from the blue family. A pale blue is thought to evoke productivity and affect the mind in a positive way by creating a calming atmosphere.

From the hues that adorn our hallways to the colors we incorporate in décor and art, different shades can immediately affect our mood. Before you break open the cans and lather up the brush, think about how you’ll use the space. What do you want to feel when you use the room or look at the canvas? No matter your goal, find joy in the process of creating a space that will better how you work, relax, or spend time with family.

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