Using Color to Brighten Your Mood

color can affect your mode

If you live in the Seattle area, you no doubt have had to deal with the winter and spring PNW rain. While most of us love certain aspects of the weather, there are times when it can affect your mood. We might as well put our best foot forward when thinking about our living environment to help brighten our spirits.

There are a couple of techniques you can use in your home to change your mood. The first is obvious, but let lots of light in. Simply opening curtains or blinds can increase your energy levels and alertness, making us feel more awake and productive.

Another technique to think about is color temperature. Warm tones (such as yellow or orange) can create a cozy, inviting atmosphere, while cool tones (such as blue or white) can be energizing and stimulating. Red tones are often associated with passion, energy, and excitement.

When you are in the middle of the rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest, you might consider the following ideas to help brighten your mode:

  1. Paint your walls: Painting your walls with bright, light colors such as yellow, green, or blue can instantly add brightness to your room.
  2. Add colorful accents: Use colorful accent pieces like throw pillows, curtains, and rugs to bring in pops of color. This is a great way to add color without committing to a bold wall color.
  3. Hang artwork: Hang colorful artwork on your walls to add visual interest and a pop of color to your space. Choose pieces with bright, bold colors or colorful patterns.
  4. Use plants: Adding plants to your room not only adds variety but also helps purify the air and create a calming atmosphere.
  5. Buy Flowers: While it’s true that flowers don’t last long, grabbing a bunch of tulips or daisies can add life to your room.
  6. Mix and match: Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and patterns. Choose complementary colors that work well together to create a cohesive, colorful look.

Remember, adding color to your room can be done in big or small ways. The key is to choose colors that make you feel happy and energized in your space.

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