Choosing the right color can affect your mood

Its important to consider the mood you want to create within a room. These are few examples of wall colors and their effects:

 Vibrant colors such as yellows, oranges and golds will bring excitement into a room.

yellow walls traditional living room


yellow walls kitchen

Source: Lauren Ostrow

orange bedroom

Source: McCroskey Interiors

Red is a bold color known to be great in dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. Red is associated with passion, intimacy and encourages appetite in dining rooms.

red dining room


red eclectic living room

Source: B. Fein Interior Design

red contemporary bedroom

Source: Terrat Elms Interior Design

Blue walls are calm and relaxing. Great color for bedrooms and living rooms. Blue will also make your room appear larger.

blue baby room

Source: McCroskey Interiors

Blue walls fireplace


Green walls are great for any room. Green walls are inviting, relaxing and will also make your room look larger.

green traditional family room

Source: Diane Burgoyne Interiors

green traditional kitchen

Source: Diane Burgoyne Interiors

White is bright and clean looking, works well in kitchens and bathrooms. However, in areas with high traffic such as hallways and play rooms, white may not be suitable as dirt will show more and require more maintenance.

white walls kitchen


white walls traditional bathroom


With the large variety of colors, choosing the right ones, can sometimes be overwhelming. An interior decorator can help you choose the right colors to create the room or rooms that suits your taste.

Does your basement feel dark and dingy

Basements do not have to be dark and dingy. Simple and inexpensive solutions can be applied. Freshening up your walls with light and warm colors such as yellows, oranges, golds, browns are some of the suggested palettes. Ceilings should also be considered, they should be painted in a lighter color than the walls.

Basement lighting and colors

Source: Michael Abrams Limited

Lighting is also very important specially where there is not enough windows for natural light. Whether your basement has a finished or suspended ceiling, recess can lighting is a great option. Can recessed lighting offers bright lighting and minimizes shadows and glares, perfect for craft areas and game rooms.

Basement lighting and color

Source: Crisp Architects

There are many options of flooring on the market suitable for basements. A few options are laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring and carpet. If your basement wall colors are kept light and warm, you can choose to go dark or light on your flooring.

Dark flooring

Basement floor

Source: Creative Design Construction

Light flooring

Basement floor

Source: Michael Robert Construction

For basement staircase ideas, refer to my blog Painting Your Basement Stairs