Feel-Good Colour Scheme for the Rooms in Your Home

Pick up some ideas for creating an emotionally healthy home with this room-by-room guide.

Updated on June 13, 2017 10:06 am

Jennifer Ho

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The importance of colour is often underestimated. Colours are a form of non-verbal communication and account for 60 percent of our response to an object or place, which can take the form of an action, reaction, or mood. When used right, it can be a powerful tool that does more than create the illusion of space.

In fact, the colours you paint on the wall have their own personalities, and some work better than others at encouraging certain activities.

Although there’s no hard and fast rule to choosing colours, it helps to understand the moods they inspire in order to create healthy, supportive environments at home.

As a general rule of thumb, first choose the primary disposition you want for the room, followed by a colour scheme. Here’s our room-by-room recommendations of colours, palettes and patterns for making you, your family and your guests feel good.

Living Room

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Warm tones like red, orange and yellow often evoke feelings of connection and warmth. By choosing this colour scheme for your living room, it may encourage your guests to mingle and start making conversations.

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Alternatively, earth tones like brown, khaki, and beige give a more formal ambience but you can pair them with a few bold colours like burgundy, navy or dark green to create a playful yet sophisticated vibe.

Kitchen
An easy way to choose the colour scheme for your kitchen would be to choose the same as the ones you grew up in. Such familiar colours will bring those fond memories of spending time in the kitchen during your childhood back, and create a pleasant mood.

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Otherwise, pick red to whet appetites in your kitchen. On top of stimulating conversations, red has also been shown to increase appetite in most people. If you find it too bold, you can blend beige walls with red cabinet doors or red patterned tiles.

Dining Room
Having meals together as a family has positive effects on child development, which is why you want to make mealtimes happier for everyone!

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As you might already guess, you can inspire optimism with yellow! The dining area is also usually the last place you’ll be before running out of the house so get your last boost of positivity before facing the daily grind.

Bedroom
As this is the place where you go to to unwind and reconnect with your partner, choose soft, cool colours and neutral shades as they usually create a quieter feeling.

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Green, blue, and pink are thought to have a calming effect, which can be great choices here.

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For the children’s room, try not to use too bright colours as they can lead to unrest and irritability. Sometimes the absence of colour is as effective as the presence of colour.

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If your child suffers from asthma, though, trust orange because it is often associated with improved lung function as well as increased lung energy.

Bathroom
If you’re working with a small space, it makes sense to choose cool colours to "open up" the room.

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Whites have always been popular choices as they connote cleanliness and purity, but if you want your bathroom to feel like a private spa retreat, choose blues and turquoises, or even lavender, because these colours give a sense of rejuvenation and balance.

Of course, different colours mean different things in different cultures and for different people, but as long as you like a colour, tested it and have no issues with it, you shouldn’t be afraid to choose it.


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Cover photo by Samantha Echavez

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