The concept of “mood colors” is a somewhat vague one because, after all, most colors have at least one mood associated with them. Black, for example, is generally associated with darker moods, while yellow is connected with much lighter, happier outlooks. We’re all probably familiar with, at least to a small degree, mood rings and how their color-changing is based upon heat activation changes, which is in turn connected with the ring wearer’s mood.
Whether you believe the mood ring process or not, similar color-to-mood connections are made with colors in interior design. In this article, we’re going to transfer the colors of a mood ring (mood colors) into interiors to see how the interpretations compare. Some mood colors transfer perfectly; others are completely opposite in interior design.
As a mood color, white indicates the ring wearer’s boredom or confusion. In interiors, white (and I’ll include white’s cousins such as ivory and cream here) is an expanding color. It brightens, lightens, and opens up a space visually. White has gone from a generic builder-grade wall color option to a popular wall color choice because, against white, all other colors pop.
Gray is one of the less common mood colors, but when it’s seen, it indicates fear or exhaustion on the part of the ring wearer. This couldn’t be further from the situation of
The undertones of grey (red/warm to blue/cool) can change its effect significantly, as can the lightness or darkness of the color. This versatility makes it an obvious choice of background, or even the primary color of a space’s palette, for any room in the house.
Mood color green indicates the wearer is
The deeper (darker) green gets in interior design, the closer the shade gets to black, the more serious and mature it feels. This darker shade of green omits more of its yellow youthfulness and instead moves toward sobriety, history, and competence.
In that no-man’s land between green and blue lives the colors teal, aqua, turquoise, etc. On a mood ring, this in-between color translate to the wearer’s being lovable. In interior design, these rich, saturated tones are definitely loveable. The tranquility and balance of green, combined with the clear-thinking meditation of blue, creates a gorgeous deep hue that is incredibly versatile.
This mood color is a foil against neutrals, a complement to natural tones, a vibrant saturation to white or black, and overall a pleasing color that works as beautifully in contemporary spaces as in historical ones.
Lighter tints of blue evoke a sense of freedom and vitality – think ocean breeze and coastal life, for example. These blues are cheerful and calming. They work well in just about any space, whether the bathroom, bedroom, living room, and even kitchen.
Purple on a mood ring is associated with the wearer’s passion and balance. Similarly, in interior design, this isn’t much of a stretch. Purple is sometimes considered by designers as a grown-up pink, which, for some reason, makes it easier to swallow in a common room such as the living room.
When pink appears as a mood color, it’s an indication of happiness. Of course, in interior design, the use of
As a mood color, red is most stereotypically the color of passion and excitement. This can also be the case for red in interior design as well. To
One important strategy to keep in mind, when
Orange exhibits feelings of unsettledness, as a mood color. As a design color, orange is similarly stimulating, although the stimulation falls more toward cozy warmth and creativity than confusion. Bright orange is a visual target, so be
The mood of deep orange, falling closer to red on the color wheel, connotes a bit more tension. You can balance this out with other deep colors, so the orange becomes part of a color family with similar undertones, which makes the overall appearance much more seamless and structured.
Yellow as a mood color involves a whole spectrum of emotion, from confused to deeply observational. In interior design,
Muted, greyish tones of yellow, and even pale versions such as straw yellow, can serve as a neutral and lend a more sophisticated energy to the space. The inclusion of yellow within the neutral base itself adds energy and positive vibes to the space without being overwhelmingly (and, dare I say, annoyingly) sunshine-and-lollipops yellow.
Welcoming and warmly sunny, yellow in interior designs is often used effectively in spaces where intelligence is promoted. Home offices and reading nooks or libraries, for example, are excellent places to introduce a bit of yellow.
The heat-activated mood ring’s brown translates to the wearer’s being tense or scared, but that doesn’t have much resemblance to the use of this versatile neutral in interior design. Brown, a color of the earth found in soil, trees and plants, rocks, and, well, earth, is the ultimate neutral.