The color you pick for a room can affect the overall feel of that space, which is why you should choose wisely. Here’s your full guide to picking room colors.

Different colors make you feel different things.

That’s why picking the room colors for your home might be a bigger job than you realize.

Painting your bedroom bright red might keep you awake at night. Painting your kitchen green can make the whole space feel sticky and sickly.

So how do you know which color works for which room? We’ll break it down for you.

Keep reading below to learn the best room colors for your home.

The Living Room

The colors you choose for your living room will depend on what type of mood you’re trying to portray. Bright colors will make a room feel bigger and airy. Dark colors will make the room feel warm and cozy.

Earthy colors, like browns, greens, yellows, and beige, are good options. Bold, strong colors, like red and orange, might be too stimulating for what should be a relaxing space.

The Kitchen

When you’re picking a paint color for your kitchen, use your kitchen cabinets as a starting point. Any paint you use will have to match your cabinets.

The best colors for kitchens include brows, peach, yellow, and brick red (in some cases).

Again, experiment with different earth colors. You can also try adding accent colors that are more neutral.

But brighter is better.

Colors that are too strong or too dark—like black, dark green, dark brown, dark grey, dark blue, red, etc.—can make your kitchen feel dark and gloomy.

The Dining Room

Reds, especially bright reds, stimulate your appetite. So if you don’t want to pack on the pounds come dinner time, you may want to avoid them.

Instead, your dining room should be a calm space.

Muted colors are the best fit for dining rooms. You can choose any shade you prefer, but blues and blacks aren’t usually good fits for this type of room.

The Bathroom

White is a good bathroom color, but it isn’t the only option out there. For example, a pastel pink creates a warm environment that flatters all different kinds of skin tones.

Ocean colors, like blue and sea green, can also make your bathroom feel like a luxurious spa. Stick to earth tones and pastels.

Dark colors, like black and dark grey, will make a small bathroom feel even smaller.

The Home Office

Your office is an active space where you want to get work done. Brighter colors can stimulate you and give your productivity a boost.

You can choose your favorite color or leave your office white—a bright and more professional tone.

Just be careful with purples. While this color can encourage contemplation, it can also have the opposite effect.

The Bedrooms

Bedrooms should be relaxing spaces that promote rest and calm. Because of this, you should avoid bright, stimulating colors. Colors like red, orange, pink, and purple can keep you up at night.

Blues, greens, and other earthy tones are all good choices. These colors can help you relax and get a good night’s sleep.

Rainbow Rooms: How to Pick the Right Room Colors for Your Home

Picking the room colors for your home is about more than your favorite colors. Some colors encourage relaxing, restful feelings while others are stimulating. Putting the wrong ones in the wrong places can leave you with an unbalanced house.

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