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7 hours per day, 5 days per week, 180 days per year; this equates to approximately 1,260 hours that the average student spends in the classroom annually. 1,260 hours staring at gray walls, sitting in antiquated, dull desks, and slogging through monotonous hallways. 1,260 hours stuck in a repetitive rut lacking change, vibrance, and color.

Likewise, if your home is anything like the typical American household, your walls might be similar to those at school. In fact, the five most popular home wall colors are neutrals: whites, beiges, taupes, etc. While these colors are very versatile and work nicely in many situations, they can prove boring to look at year after year. Unfortunately, as a teenager, it is a safe assumption that you won’t have much influence as to what color your parents should paint or repaint your house, and you certainly can’t choose the color scheme of your school. However, there is one thing you do have total (or nearly total) control over: your bedroom color.

Bedrooms, in most cases, are one of the only personal spaces in a home. They allow for self expression and an escape from the world. But while they can certainly have this sanctuary quality, they too can grow stale after years of staring at the same color—a continuation of this “monotonous rut”. Changing the color of a wall is one of the easiest ways to bring back the magical quality of a bedroom, and it can even change your overall demeanor and perspective on life.

For 10 out of the 11 years I’ve lived in my current home, the walls of mine and my sister’s shared “F.R.O.G” (free room over garage) were gray—complete with a gray carpet. The room was lifeless, and I avoided spending time in it at all costs. I never did my homework there, regardless of my desk being located in it. I never hung out with my friends there, regardless of the couch and TV. I never even took naps there (again, regardless of the comfortable couch). Ultimately, I hated it, and it was a waste of space. It was not only boring to look at, but it made me depressed to be in due to the lack of color. You might not believe I hated it to such an extent, or that simply painting the walls could influence my feelings about a room so much, but I can’t begin to tell you about the 180-degree transformation of this room and my feeling towards it… So I guess I’ll have to show you.


Before (the furniture is a sign of the times—photo from 2003.)


After (please excuse the slight mess—we weren’t expecting company.)

Painting your room a vibrant (but not over-powering color) is a sure-fire way to boost your spirits. For my sister and I, green was an easy choice because we centered the color around a specific item—a pillow. Choosing a paint color based upon a featured item is an easy way to narrow down the options. But if you haven’t found a stand-out piece, read on to learn about the psychological effects of colors to find out which one might best suit you.


According to this article, the color blue “lowers blood pressure … [and] conveys tranquility”. If you have an overabundance of energy and would like your room to be a place to ease and calm your nerves, blue could be an option for you.


From the same article, orange is a positive, energizing color that can help to “rev yourself up so you can hit the gym or channel creativity for a project”. It’s also been quoted that orange “symbolizes vitality and endurance”.


Commonly associated with light and energy, yellow can be a perky mood-lifter and improve your spirits. After all, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by a space that reminds you of the sun.


Without knowing this before choosing green for our own room, this color is said to be relaxing and refreshing. Needless to say, I can validate this statement!

All colors are associated with various moods and emotions, and you can read more about their different psychological effects. Ultimately, it’s important to customize your space and not feel blue due to its color—unless you paint it blue.

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