Inside your brand new home is a blank canvas, and you get to play Picasso. From the paint to the furniture to the minor accessories, each detail is up to you to decide. The thing is, choosing a color scheme can be more complicated than it seems. You have to make the paint colors you choose work with you, instead of against you, to achieve your overall vision. The psychology of color, or the study of color as an agent of human behavior, is a helpful and essential element in making decorating decisions in your home.


Color Psychology

Though you may not realize it, each color has psychological worth. In other words, the colors you choose for your home have the ability to influence emotion, create a mood, and alter your state of mind. This is an imperative factor in deciding which color is appropriate for which room. You have to decide—before you browse the paint store and collect color cards—exactly what kind of mood you’d like in your home environment.

Ask yourself:

  • What mood do you want to create?
  • Which rooms should feel cozy and comfortable?
  • Which rooms should feel lively and exciting?
  • Which should feel relaxing?

Once you decide on the mood each space should convey, color psychology will help you with your selection.

When to Choose Warm Colors

The temperature of a color affects how we perceive it. Warm colors stimulate the senses, provide visual warmth, bring comfort and a sense of intimacy to spaces. Warm shades—reds, oranges, yellows, off-whites, browns—tend to draw in spaces.

Each color emits its own aura; here are a few favorites in the warm-color realm, along with the mood they typically convey.


yellow-bath The color of sunshine, yellow brings joy and happiness to spaces. It also inspires creativity, comfort, and optimism. Studies even show that when the eye takes in yellow, the brain releases more seratonin. It’s cheerful and cheeky, and ultimately invokes a sense of positivity.

The happy vibes of the color yellow work well in many areas around the home, especially kitchens, dining rooms, and master bathrooms.



This is the color to choose if you want to boost the energy in a room. Red is intense and has the ability to pump up adrenaline and make your heart beat faster. It stirs up excitement, stimulates conversation, and draws people together. Red makes a room instantly feel warm, like a crackling fire, creating a powerful impression.

Reds work really well in social areas of your home, such as the living room, dining room and kitchen.


The child of red and yellow, orange adopts parts of each in its personality and mood. It’s an energy booster and evokes excitement and enthusiasm. Orange is an attention-grabber and conjures up feelings of happiness and innovation.

Orange has too much energy for a bedroom or a living room, but works great for areas like a home office or an exercise room, where energy is desired.


0005_wbDrawing inspiration from the earth, browns and some greens are naturally easy on the eyes. These shades feel soothing and secure, and give spaces a sense of relaxation. Brown is inviting and down-to-earth.

The welcoming and relaxing nature of brown is ideal in a living room, bedroom, or foyer.

Warm Neutrals

Warm neutrals like tans, beiges or off-whites are a great choice for those who don’t want to go bold. They’re versatile, traditional, and simplistic. The warm undertones allow these neutrals to portray a welcoming vibe in a very minimal way.

The best part about warm neutrals is that they work anywhere in the home. You can also pair them with another warm color to balance the mood.

With some planning, you can find the hues that will make your home a personal masterpiece. Just remember: color is subjective and its mood is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. Consider the psychology of color and do some experimenting of your own before you make your choices.

Sandy Spring Builders will work with you from conception to construction on your custom home project. Our team of expert designers can help you choose whether warm or cool colors are right for each area of your home. Call us today and tell us all about custom home idea.