How to Create a Mood With Color

Pick the perfect color scheme to enhance your mood at home. Plus, discover how color plays with your emotions, and how to manipulate color to your — and your interior's — advantage.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionWhen used deliberately, a white palette can produce a light, airy oasis, which is why high-end spas are often done in off-whites and pale earth tones.

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Designer Joseph Berkowitz sometimes uses several shades of white in a bedroom: soft cream, beige, pale gold. "The mood is very serene, very spa-like and soothing. Using a stronger color in this case can make the walls too dominating and spoil the ethereal quality."

Design Tip:
Resorting to white walls simply to avoid color is missing a design opportunity. Treat white like any other color and don't be afraid to use it liberally. Designer Chris Barrett delights in white, using it for the entryway walls and carrying it upstairs with a chair and side table.