Murals, Wallpaper and The Meaning of Colors

Before you paint your walls, put up wallpaper, murals or other decorations in any room in your house, you should take the time to learn the different emotions that every color you may use will project your room. The color of the room alone can influence the feelings that a person in it will have. In fact, psychologists are arguing that certain colors can improve alertness, aid with relaxation and even improve vision and memory. Let’s get started!


Red is frequently associated with passion and strong emotions. It is associated with aggression, sexuality, lust, eroticism and courage. Historically it is associated with war because it is the color of blood. It is also associated with pride encourage, and can be found on the flags of many different nations. Red projects passionate ambition and powerful drive and is best for painting the walls of an office or a study your house.


A close ancestor of red, orange as many of the same characteristics when it comes to eliciting emotions as red though most of these are not as powerful. Orange is an action color, meaning that it gets attention and can be used to emphasize. The brightness of the orange which intend to paint your room can completely change the meaning and emotion behind it, so be careful. Bright orange is associated with action and creativity, while darker shades of orange, as well as brown, remind viewers of autumn and create feelings of calm and tranquility. Furthermore, gold colors associated with prestige as well as antiquity.


The brightest color of all, yellow elicits a feeling of joy and energy in viewers. It is associated with youth, and like the sun can brighten one’s day. Most shades of yellow have been found by psychologists to improve the appetite and increase the brain’s productivity. Conversely, dark shades of yellow cause the opposite emotions in people. Dark shades of yellow are associated with sickness, disease and negativity.


Closely related to nature, green is associated with calm, peace and fertility. Green is a comfortable color, a favorite of many people, and an excellent choice for painting a room, though darker shades of green may be associated with money and greed and should therefore be used carefully. Because green is so soothing it is generally a safe color to use in any room so long as a complements the decor.


Another calming color, blue, is associated with truth, justice and courage. For this reason is also found on many national flags, and is also the most commonly used color or police uniforms. Light blue is associated with the calm of the sky and darker shades of blue are associated with authority and justice. Murals, wallpaper and other wall decor can usually be complemented by this color.


The color that occurs least frequently in nature, purple, is associated with wealth, excess and royalty. Also the symbol of romance and sophistication, purple has been used historically by the most wealthy of people to showcase their power.


The color that results from the absence of all light and color, black is associated with formality and sophistication. Other meanings of this color are death, darkness, immorality and sin.


The opposite of the meanings of black white is often associated with perfection, innocence, purity and cleanliness. It is used in icons to depict religious figures and it is used in weddings for these reasons.


A step between black and white, gray goes with just about anything. Various shades of gray can be used to accent almost any other color and create a truly beautiful room. Gray should be used carefully because too much of this color is associated with dullness.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Remember, regardless of whether you want to paint, put up murals, wallpaper or other decorations in your house make sure that you’re projecting the impression you want your rooms to project. Happy decorating!