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Color Schemes at Home that Are Good for your Mental Health

May 19, 2021


Different colors can have different effects on the way you feel, the decisions you make, and the ways in which you interact with others, both consciously and subconsciously. You might think about these things more consciously when you are designing a home or painting your nails. Your color choices can inherently reflect the way you want to feel inside. 


In order to make significant progress with your mental health, you may want to get support from professionals at MyTherapist, but for a short-term mental health boost, consider your color scheme! 


In this article, we will review some of the main colors you may encounter on a daily basis and what effects they could have on your mood. 

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Keep in mind that some people may see certain shades of colors differently than others, but we will be discussing how the majority of people respond consciously and subconsciously to the colors listed below, as well as how to implement color change into your daily life. 


10 Colors and the General Associated Emotional Responses

    1. Blue: Blue is often viewed as a color of serenity. Perhaps it evokes memories of the water or sky, and can therefore be a calming color. It is known for being trustworthy, dependable, intelligent, and professional. It is a favorite color for many, which makes it feel universally peaceful and promotes security. 

    2. Red: A fiery color (literally), red is frequently seen as exciting, passionate, and bold. In some cases, it might evoke feelings of danger and anger, and in other cases, it might represent love and desire. Oddly enough, red is known to make you feel hungry. It can be a slightly more divisive color because of its boldness.       red interior

    3. Green: For many people, green is automatically associated with the Earth. It might make you think of grass and trees, which makes you think of growth, balance, and freshness. Green can also remind people of money, and be a representation of greed or abundance. Health and wealth are the two best words to describe the presence of green.

    4. Yellow: Like the sun, yellow is frequently seen as a bright, cheery color that can cause you to feel happy and enlightened. It can be an optimistic color and one that makes you feel warm. That said, some people find yellow overwhelming or too bold for their taste. For some, the brightness is better admired from afar, or in small doses.

    5. Orange: Orange, like yellow and red, is a brighter color that can inspire feelings of warmth. The vibrancy and playfulness of orange will often grab attention and can encourage enthusiasm. 

    6. Purple: Historically, purple has been associated with royalty. For that reason, purple might feel like the color of importance. Whether individually or spiritually, purple can feel like an upscale color that represents empowered creative thinking.   

    7. Pink: Pink might feel feminine and childish to some, but pink is a powerful color that demands attention. It can instill a sense of confidence or cheeriness, while also feeling soft and inviting. 

    8. White: White is often seen as a color associated with cleanliness and organization. People who value simplicity and minimalism appreciate white for its purity and innocence. 

    9. Black: Black has many positive connotations. It can be seen as elegant, classy, and powerful. It might inspire feelings of being protected and well-respected. Others may find black to be depressing or claustrophobic and can be another color best utilized in small doses (like furniture, rather than wall paint).   Forest interior design

    10. Brown: Similarly to green, the color brown is often associated with Earth. It is appreciated for its ability to make you feel more grounded and is often thought of in terms of longevity and simplicity. 

Color Schemes to Go For

While these colors are all described in terms of their positive associations, each color also has its own negative associations. If any particular color does not resonate well with you, that is up for you to decide. 

Otherwise, here are a few color schemes to try in order to boost your mental health.

  • White + Tan + Orange
  • Green + Orange + Yellow
  • Blue + Tan + White
  • Blues + Yellows
  • Green + Purple + Brown
  • Gray + Pink + Cream
  • Red + White + Gray + Gold
  • Back + Green + Gold
  • Pink + Red + White
  • Blue + Orange + Brown


Whether you choose to implement these as accents for a color scheme in your bedroom, living room, wardrobe, or artwork, the combination of these color schemes could present positive associations from each color and therefore boost your mental health. 

Where to Implement These Colors

If you are designing a home, you might be considering how to implement these color schemes in the house. For some, aiming for a cleaner color scheme might mean that they include a lot of white in their home; perhaps that means painting the walls white or selecting white accents. 

A room that includes colors such as navy, purple, brown, and maroon might feel quite studious. For that reason, those colors can be well suited for a solid work-from-home atmosphere. 


For those who get their creative juices flowing, a combination of brighter colors might work well for your living room or personal space.


If you are considering how to implement these color schemes on your person, look no further. The color scheme for your wardrobe or nails can have a direct effect on how you see yourself and how others see you. 


For example, there is a personality trait of black, such as if you wear a lot of blacks, you might enjoy being perceived as serious, knowledgeable, and classy. If you wear a lot of yellow, you might enjoy being perceived as being happy, bright, and confident. 


Our color choices are intentional, whether we realize it or not. The good news is you can always switch it up. Do not tell yourself that there is a color that you cannot wear! There is a shade of every color that will compliment you well. 

More importantly, find color schemes that make you feel good. Colors are our friends, and we can use them accordingly to boost our mental health on a daily basis. 

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