How Room Color Affects Your Mood and Behavior: Primary Colors

Color Palette

Have you ever looked up into a deep blue sky, taken a deep breath, and felt inexplicably calmer? Or gone to a restaurant where the color scheme was based on various shades of red, and suddenly felt ravenous?

Colors affect our mood and even our behavior in intriguingly powerful ways. So when you’re decorating your home, it’s a good idea to take those effects into consideration. As beautiful as a bright red bedroom may look, if you can’t get to sleep in it because the color is too stimulating, you won’t love it for long.

Each color exercises its own unique power over our psyches. Here’s a guide to choosing the right color for each room in your home.


It’s incredible to think that a color can actually have a physical effect on us, but it’s true: Studies have shown that being in a red room increases heart rate, raises blood pressure, and even speeds up respiration. Because of this, it raises the energy level of a room, boosting excitement as well as people’s appetites, so it’s the ideal shade for a living or dining room where a lot of entertaining is done.

A red rug such as our Istanbul Ankara Agra Red Rug is the perfect way to complete an elegant, red-themed room:

Red Rug


Though it’s often said that red is an angry color, studies have shown that it’s actually yellow that causes people to lose their temper more often—and in fact,  babies even cry more in yellow rooms! Don’t let that stop you from using this bright and cheery color, though—it just needs to be used in the right place. In small spaces such as halls, entryways, and bathrooms, yellow makes the room feel more spacious and welcoming, as it communicates the happy feel of sunshine.

Our Joy Carpets Family Legacies Feathers & Fur Gold Rug would look great in any entryway:

Yellow RugBlue

The color blue is well-known for its calming effects. Just as gazing at the sea or looking up into a clear sky slows respiration and heart rate and brings down blood pressure, so does simply sitting in a blue room. However, the shade of blue you choose does make a difference. Darker blues actually convey a feeling of sadness, while lighter blues seem chilly. Blue is ideal for bedrooms, or any other room where you’d like to promote calm, such as a children’s playroom, or a relaxed living room.

A rug like our Rugs USA Tuscan Trellis Blue Rug would make the perfect centerpiece to build a blue room around:

Blue Rug

Choosing to decorate a space in your home with one of these primary colors is an easy way to influence the social interactions that will take place there. From calming energetic children to adding excitement to your dinner parties, the color palettes of each room have a mysterious but undeniable effect on its occupants.

Be sure to read our blog about the effects of secondary colors on moods and behavior, as well. Armed with an understanding of both primary and secondary colors’ effects on people, you’ll be able to make the best choices for your own home.