May 3rd, 2016

How to Set the Right Ambiance With Mood Colors


When selecting colors for a home, people often start their search by considering what paint color they want. But as a professional decorator, I actually recommend you start by thinking about ambiance! The right mood colors will help create the feel you want for that space. Selecting paint colors can feel overwhelming, so it helps to narrow down the options to what mood inspires you.


HGTV Dream House Choosing Mood Colors

For a look like this, try: New Terracotta, True Peach & Cozy Melon


To determine the ambience you want, consider the following questions:

1. When will you use this room?

Is this room primarily used during the day, evening or at night?

If it’s a room you mostly want to enjoy during the daylight hours, you might want to use more energetic mood colors in the space. If it’s a room used primarily at night, calming, peaceful colors make the most sense. If it’s a bedroom you spend time in during the morning hours, you might want colors that reflect the mood you want to emulate throughout your day.


mood colors paint colors

Try: Quiet Rain, Swan White & Stone White


2. How will you use this space?

A room’s function greatly affects the mood of the space. For instance, a playroom might have a fun or youthful mood, and the colors should reflect that—while an activity room is more light and airy, so the colors would be less exciting, and more subdued.

A home office should reflect whatever mood colors you’re most inspired by. A quiet mood could help you focus, but a creative, cheerful mood like this could inspire you to get to work!

A living space can be cozy for curling up in, or lively for family times. A bedroom could have a romantic mood. And a room that offers a great view can set a mood that connects the indoors with the outdoors.


Mood Colors for paint

Try: Thai Teal, Aqua Seawind & Lagoon Green


3. Does this space get a lot of natural light or does it mostly rely on artificial lighting?

Natural light can affect certain colors and how they’re perceived. Test out color in small samples, or incorporate color through decor and fun furnishings. If your room lacks natural light, you might choose a more cozy vibe with a darker or color on the walls, using white trim to play up the contrast. Natural light and bright rooms might derive a particular mood from soft or neutral colors on the walls, setting a pleasant backdrop for other fabric colors and patterns you love.


mood colors inspiration colors
Try: Light Silver Sage, Delightful Pink, Fossil Gray & Emerald Leaf Green


4. What colors inspire you?
Look for moods that inspire you and find the colors that correlate. Go window shopping. Look in nature. What colors make you feel most alive? What colors give you a boost of positive energy? Do you feel most comfortable in rooms with soft hues or intense hues?

5. What’s the feel of your overall home?
The tone of your home is dependent on a variety of different factors like style, setting, natural light and your family’s own personality! Does your home seem best suited to a particular season or environment (is your home near the beach or the mountains or the desert)? A summer-inspired house will have a different mood than a winter-inspired house. The mood you select can help you to narrow down your choices of paint colors and fabrics.


Mood Colors for the office

Try: Federal Blue, Approaching Storm & Connecticut Blue


Cohesion is key, but that doesn’t mean each room can’t have its own unique mood. Tie together the different color schemes in your house with unifying elements like accent colors or flooring. This way, each room can have its own ambiance, without clashing with the overall ambiance of your home.

Setting the tone of your room is as easy as finding the perfect mood colors. What mood are you feeling?

This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.