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10 Delightful room colors that make you feel smarter

Melissa Dunlap is a writer, editor and blogger specializing in lifestyle communications. Fueled by curiosity, and a tad too much coffee, Melissa enjoys dissecting current trends for the modern woman. When she's not having dance parties w...

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If colors influence your mood, why not surround yourself with fabulous shades that will bring out the best of your personality? We've rounded up room colors that make you feel smart to help bring out your intellect.


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Glitzy accents have been trending big this last year in interior design. This shimmering shade gives a space a luxe look and communicates a feeling of wealth and prestige. Gold is a more masculine metallic (vs. a more feminine silver) and can work well in shared spaces for both sexes.



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Photo credit: Jonathan Adler Interior Design

This sassy color can immediately elevate a room's energy and can revitalize you when you're feeling run down. It can also make you feel assertive. Use it in a parlor to stimulate post-dinner party conversations. This hot hue can also increase passion and might help you learn a trick or two in the bedroom.



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Photo credit: Room designed by Beth Keim, owner of Lucy and Company; photographed by Mekenzie France

Feminine and romantic, pink has a sweet quality about it that is reminiscent of pleasant childhood memories. Softer shades have a sense of innocence, while deeper, brighter hues can promote positive energy. Pink is also associated with nurturing. Pairing it with a neutral like taupe will keep it from being overly sweet.



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Photo credit: Toddler room designed by Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon; photographed by Carlos Perez Lopez

The color orange is the happy love child of similar energetic hues, red and yellow. The warm shade promotes positivity, socializing and playfulness. Kids respond really well to orange, and it's a popular choice for playrooms and bedrooms. This stimulating shade also works well as an office accent color.



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Photo credit: Hancock Park residence designed by Christian May

Hey there, sunshine, did you know that yellow is known to energize and lighten up your mood? Not so mellow yellows can be a bit overwhelming and could even evoke a feeling of anxiety, so use this color sparingly to get the energizing benefits without getting overwhelmed.

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