When you have thousands of colors to choose from, select ones that enhance your interior designing by setting the mood. The hues surrounding us affect our mood and energy levels, which you can control by using these design tips to turn your living spaces into the ideal, inviting rooms you crave.

Designing for Moods with Color 1

From left: Enzo, Armavi and Croma in Teal.   The Cool Colors Greens, blues, and purples have a calming, focusing effect. These colors are best used in bedrooms, offices, and family rooms. The color Passion induces feelings of wealth; try modern furniture in these tones for an opulent, mod look. Lighter lilacs and lavenders are best reserved for bedrooms and casual sitting rooms. Green shades are also ideal for bedrooms because they bring restorative calm; there, the color Lush is better than a deep hunter or emerald. Darker shades, like the color Scout, work best in communal areas.

Designing for Moods with Color 2

From top: Passion and Lush.   For a peaceful, easy design, head to the blue tones. Whether dark or pale, they can make any room feel cozy. Though Teal may seem obvious for the family room of a seaside cottage, it’s comfortable for a reason. Light blues are inviting and tranquil, and dark blues, such as Flotilla, Magic, Marine, and Blue, create a deeply relaxed and blissful environment.  

Designing for Moods with Color 3

From top: Armavi Table, Marine Leather, Flotilla and Magic.   The Warm Colors Reds, yellows, and oranges are all energizing colors, so it’s best to use them thoughtfully in shared rooms. Evoke feelings of warmth and hospitality when you use crimson in a dining room. Flirt and Pop are a traditional choice for eating areas to stimulate the appetite and the heart. Bright sunshine can lift a person’s mood and even lower depression, but the color Glamour, can boost your happiness as well. However, too much yellow increases tension and anger, so it’s best used as an accent rather than saturating a room. Orange also brings happiness, but it stimulates creativity and action more than other colors. Like rich purple, it calls to mind luxury, though it’s more palatable in small doses than overwhelming amounts. To maximize its energizing effect, try orange in an outdoor space or exercise room.

Designing for Moods with Color 4

From top: Pop, Flirt and Glamour.   Neutral Tones Forget “builder’s beige” – the new neutrals are Brushed, Summit, Umbra, Ancor, Dolphin, Frontier, Desert, Silver, Pearl, Grey, and yes, even Black. These lend an edgy, modern feel to a room and can serve as the backdrop for eye-catching art, furniture, or a fantastic view. The overall affect is to imbue calm and reduce tension. White walls, no longer thought of as antiseptic or relegated to museums, can make modern furniture pop into center stage. Juxtapose glossy black furniture – because every room really does need a touch of black – against white walls or vice versa. A warm grey, such as Ancor, whether upholstery, walls, or metal furniture, can emulate sleek gunmetal or chrome.

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From top: White Leather, Brushed, Frontier, Umbra, Scout and Marciano Stools.   All of these colors can be found at Cromatti under customize on each product page.