Adding Mood-Enhancing Color to Your Life

Mood Enhancing Color

The selected ambienceintensifing color scheme for your living spaces will be the main guide of your design concept. Color is able to define and represent many crucial aspects of your surroundings, such as style, theme and the general feel you’re trying to express through your interior and exterior surroundings. Because of this, we’ve brought to you a detailed guide and a set of tips to choose the right color scheme for the room you’re currently–or planning on–remodeling. Together, we’ll add (the right) color to your life!

Do Not Marry the Color Before Considering This

Even though every time we hear “mood enhancing color” it automatically becomes extremely tempting to pull up hundreds of options in hues and finishes for your room, there are quite a few factors to consider before even thinking about those gorgeous palettes. Some of these considerations include–but are definitely not limited to–room size, type of lighting found in the room, and the room’s purpose itself. Let’s take a closer look to each of these features.

Because Size Does Matter: Bright vs. Dark

The size of the room is only one of the many factors affecting how the colors in your current area appear to be. For example, considering that we’re usually striving to take full advantage of the actual and apparent size of the room as much as possible, let’s say we want to utilize our mood enhancing color in our paint colors to our favor to make our room seem larger. If the square footage we’re working with is limited, then we might consider incorporating brighter walls and furniture accents to make the room look more spacious. On the other hand, darker hues and shades will reduce the apparent dimensions of the interior, and will also provide a more cozy feel to your surroundings. Because of this, I’d recommend integrating these warmer colors to more open areas, such as your living room and kitchen, in most cases.

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Bright Color Scheme by BEHR
Dark enhancing color scheme
Dark Color Scheme by Design. Build. Ideas.

Natural vs. Artificial Lighting

Perhaps one of the most important aspects to consider before finalizing your color scheme selection is lighting and flooring. This is when you should be thinking about the times of the day this room we’ll be typically in use, and if additional lighting will be required in order to achieve your dream look. Considering that artificial lighting, unlike natural, is always constant and easy to manipulate, I recommend you playing around with this last one until you find the perfect balance. Have fun with it! Take samples home and pay close attention to how their colors change throughout the day. Also, during this experimentation process, you may want to contemplate the following design advice.

When The Lights Are Off

If the amount of natural lighting in your room is greater than artificial, then consider the room’s exact location. Is it facing North, West, South or East? When facing North, your colors will normally feel cooler, which means that you’ll need to always go a little bit brighter than planned to maintain the whole value in each tonality selected. West-facing rooms present an alternating color scheme; the tints will be highly affected by shadows in the earlier hours of the day, while they can be admired in their most original aspect  during the evening. Both cool and warm tonalities normally look beautiful in South-facing rooms, since this way, they’re taking full advantage of all the natural lighting they can obtain from every source. Lastly, another alternation occurs with rooms facing east, making your spaces feel warmer before noon and cooler for the rest of the day; try to lead towards a scale of reds and oranges to create a constant balance between these two extremities.

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Color Scheme Under Natural Lighting by AD Magazine
Time to Turn Them Back On!

There’s a great diversity of options for artificial lighting out there, and the effects that they all can have on our color scheme drastically varies. For example, fluorescent lighting is great to make our blues look bluer, and our greens, greener. On the other hand, incandescent lights work wonderfully along with reds, oranges and yellows, while your blues and greens will appear more muted than expected; however, you might decide to work with these apparent discolorations to create contrast among your brighter hues. Nevertheless, if you’re seeking to make certain colors in your room pop out even more by looking more vivid, then halogens are also a great choice for accent walls, and focal points such as a clear glass display cabinet.

the beautiful ambience of this pigment scheme
Example of several types and effects created through artificial lighting. Image gathered online from Decoist.

What’s The Room For?

What’s the purpose of the room? Is it a bedroom, office, dining area? And, even more importantly: Who will be residing in this room the most? What type of activities will take place here? These are some questions you absolutely need to answer before selecting your desired mood enhancing color scheme, since every single one of these answers will actually lead you towards the most adequate and stylish decision out there. For instance, if I were gathering color palettes for a small bathroom, I’d be looking at fresh hues to make it look more roomy and less humid; perhaps white, beige and splashes of green, yellow and blue pastels.

Go With The Flow

And for those who just love redecorating their homes according to the season, or if you just enjoy reading articles like these to find out more about the hottest styles at the moment, then I’ll just conclude with one word: Pattern. Today’s color schemes are being incorporated into fun, exciting patterns consisting of chevron, stripes and polka dots. Rich reds, contrasting rustic oranges, deep navy blues and copper are all part of the favorite combinations for this season, and, as you could probably notice by the pictures selected for this post, your favorite brands know it, too. 

the intensifing spirt of these color seeds
Image gathered from Color Seeds.

Now that you have all the tools you need to select your ideal mood enhancing color scheme, just remember this if you’d like to make your life easier: Every well-designed interior will leave space for focal points, and it’s always easier to play with a white canvas. No, you don’t have to paint your walls white, but try to keep them neutral enough with the exception of your accent one (if you need/want an accent wall). Light-colored walls will reflect richer hues in a room, and this also makes these adequate for harmoniously blending your color scheme throughout the space.

When working in your color pallet with your room always remember your floor because it will help tie in the room. If you need a new flooring please give us a call at 510-698-5142 or just go to and search through the many types of Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, Stone, Vinyl, Cork, and Bamboo flooring that we have.

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