Astrologers believe that our personalities are continually influenced by planetary activity. Your zodiac sign is determined by the constellation hosting the sun at the time you are born.
The energy of each planet relates to certain colors, and science has long backed up the effect of color on emotion and mood. In addition to using this knowledge in medical and therapy centers, designers often use color theory to bestow on different rooms the "feel" that room is meant to portray — relaxing for the bedroom, hungry for the kitchen, and so on.
Choosing colors that resonate positively with your zodiac sign is one great way to pick the palette for your next home makeover.
Ruled by confrontational Mars, this bold fire sign leads from the front. The fire-bomb ram is happy surrounded by powerful colors that scream confidence: blazing, brave scarlet, crimson, maroon, and even deep, daring aubergine shades appeal to the driven, passionate, and determined character of this sign. Cream backgrounds can calm an over-energetic scheme.
Venus rules this patient earth sign and Taurean bulls rarely deviate from responsibility. Their priorities are love and money, so they adore pleasurable, expensive surroundings which exude sumptuous stability. Suitable color choices for their rooms include grounding colors of the natural palette, particularly forest or emerald greens and delicate rose-quartz pinks with hints of reliable black.
Air sign Gemini is ruled by quick-thinking, fluid Mercury. Imaginative and curious, these social butterflies communicate with anyone about anything. Such traits can translate into restlessness; Geminis tire of their surroundings quickly because their tastes change rapidly. A neutral background with accents in colorful hues allows these indecisive twins to refresh their scheme with ease. Any shade of green suits their creative side, as green represents renewal.
Like its symbol the crab, the water-sign Cancer craves feeling secure in the home. These lunar-ruled bundles of emotion care deeply about creating a welcoming and nurturing sanctuary for their families and themselves. White and silver with touches of sea-green — indeed, any shades reminiscent of shimmering water or the glow of the moon — tap into their intuitive natures and restore their sensitive souls.
Warm, vivacious, attention-loving Leo is ruled by the omnipotent sun. These regal fire-sign lions are drawn to drama and they love luxurious gold and copper or rich jewel shades fit for a monarch. Opulent royal blues, unforgettable oranges, and noble purples work well for their palaces, and gilt picture frames or statues can add to the grandeur.
Earth sign Virgo is ruled by Mercury; Virgos are analytical and logical. They covet schedules and organization, shying away from dirt and clutter. Simple, modern lines please them. They often thrive in rooms with muted, clean colors to sustain their focus. Reserved shades of brown and gray express function and practicality, with non-distracting layers of light peach, blue, green, or mauve adding to this soothing aesthetic.
Charismatic Libra is ruled by Venus; this air sign's quest is to attain balance and diplomacy in everything. Although their scales are inanimate, Librans love the natural world. Its beauty is often reflected in their homes, which show a keen awareness of design. Pastel pink is a romantic favorite along with breezy light blue. These colors blend harmoniously with black, tan, white, or cream.
Sultry Scorpio is an intense, mysterious water sign. Darkness, the subconscious, death, and the afterlife are associated with the scorpion's ruler Pluto, the planet of deep transformation. Emotional Scorpios need moody, inky color schemes to retreat into, but they also benefit from soft lighting that creates contrast. Ideal shades for their personalities include midnight blue, charcoal, and deep burgundy with plenty of black.
Free-wheeling Sagittarius is ruled by expansive Jupiter. Centaurs are blessed with boundless optimism and an infectious cheeriness. Their love of adventure means that they like to feel the outdoors inside and they find boundaries highly restrictive. Interesting objects gathered on their travels inspire a home full of bright colors. Anything goes for Sagittarians, but oranges, yellows, and browns, with dashes of blue, bring those happy memories home.
Serious Capricorn is ruled by somber Saturn, and the earthy goat is hard-working, determined, and highly disciplined. Capricorns are attracted to durable, honest, and traditional natural products that stand the test of time. Fads and cheap fast fashion repulse them. Their ideal rooms are understated and minimalist so classic colors like gray, navy, khaki, and smart black satisfy them.
Zany Aquarius is the zodiac's revolutionary; the water-bearer is original, somewhat eccentric, and quick to challenge the status quo. Uranus-ruled airy Aquarians are born to rebel and spread their innovative ideas around the universe. All the colors of the sky make them feel like they can, from bright summer blues to sunset shades dotted with space-age silver.
Spiritual Pisces is ruled by psychic, dreamy Neptune; water-sign Pisceans have souls that reach the depths of the oceans. The zodiac's fish need a home to fully relax in. Ideally, they should be surrounded by colors instilling optimism and hope, such as light greens and soft blues which represent growth, renewal, and a limitless horizon.