Color psychology is based on the approach of how your brain perceives color and how that color stimulates your mood. Color has the ability to affect your moods, emotions, and even how you make decisions. After all, there is a reason why so many retailers have you walk into a bright sales-floor surrounded by white walls and ceiling. Or, have you wondered why restaurants are often decorated in red? Color impacts us from our blood pressure to our moods. So, let’s take a look at how your bedroom paint color affects your mood.


Red is one of the most popular color choices for high-end restaurants. This is because when people are eating an expensive dinner they also like to linger for awhile and that costs the restaurant money. Red paint can trigger several feelings from increasing blood pressure and increased respiration to triggering your metabolism. What that means for a restaurant is you will eat when your food arrives, and likely want to leave as soon as you pay the bill. What this means for your bedroom is possible irritability and likely sleep deprivation.

Orange and yellow

Orange and yellow often invoke the same type of emotions. These bright colors improve overall optimism by providing a sense of joy, happiness, and energy. Probably not colors you want in your bedroom as they do the opposite of causing you to relax. Rather, yellow and orange are great for the kitchen and even dining room where people gather and have fun over food.


Blue is great for the bedroom. It invokes feelings of warmth, compassions and creates a personal comfort to a room. Research also suggests that the use of blue creates relaxation and can provide a sense of sleeping under the stars and trigger your natural circadian rhythm. Blue is also said to help lower blood pressure and slow your heart rate.


While blue and grey are often touted as the ideal colors for your bedroom, green may actually be better than either. Green is often considered the most relaxing of colors as it combines the comfort of blue with the inviting feeling of yellow. While green can really go anywhere in the house it may be most effective in the bedroom especially if you have a long and slow unwinding process.

Neutral colors

Neutral colors such as black, brown, grey, and white can work in any room, but much like blue do well in the bedroom. While the softer of the colors are an excellent way to treat your visuals to a good night’s rest, the deeper colors are best when used as an accent wall or even in decoration. Neutrals, depending on how they are used have the unique ability to provoke an array of emotion from relaxing and lighthearted to liven up your space.

When it comes to decorating your home, don’t forget that the colors you choose will help create the emotion through your home. So, whether your family and guests are living it up in the kitchen or taking a nap in the afternoon color will help make the experience that much better. Let Waterloo Realty help you find your next dream home so you can use color to brighten your day.