The Psychology Of Paint Colors

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After we moved into our first home, we realized that the color that was on the walls had to go. Although we had initially thought that it was a beige color, the more we looked at it, the more we realized that it had heavy pink undertones. We decided to paint over the color, but we weren't sure how to get started. However, after working with a painter, we had a better idea of what would look nice. He was kind enough to paint a few large patches of color on the walls of our home, and it made a huge difference. This blog is all about working with a professional painter and choosing the right color for your home.

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The Psychology Of Paint Colors

20 January 2016
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Many people believe a home's décor has an effect on the emotional well-being of you and your family. If you believe this theory, you should take a bit of extra time to consider the color pallet for each room of your home before you do your next interior painting project. It many cases, this theory has been proven with soft colors that do have an effect on the mood created. Here are a few tips to consider. 

Living Room and Foyer

In the main areas like the living room where the family comes together to chat is a great spot to use warm tones such as yellows, reds, and oranges. Earth tones such as beige will usually work well in both the living room and foyer of the home.

Dining Room

Another great space to stimulate conversation is in the dining area. Red is a bold and exciting color that will generate an atmosphere to keep the topics lively. However, try to use a deeper shade of red, not the brighter ones. If you have chair-rail molding in the room, you could use a golden tan for the base color to make the colors more distinguished. Also, use a white color for the molding and baseboards. These suggestions also make the room seem larger.

Others believe sunshine yellow is a great idea for a dining room nook area. It provides an uplifting hue associated with optimism and happiness. It also promotes creativity and stimulates the nervous system. You may also tone it down a bit with white accents.

Bathroom

Warm colors or basic white is a popular choice for a bath area because it announces cleanliness and purity. You use the bathroom to rejuvenate and relax, such as with a nice steamy bath or shower. Turquoises, greens, and blues are also on the menu for a calm, clean, and fresh outlook. You want to choose a favorite color similar to clothing you would wear. Colors you would not wear are believed to be a cruise toward disaster.

Bedrooms

Some research indicates many teenagers like a turquoise color scheme because it places a serene feeling of peace and stability. However, it is always a better idea to consult with the teen person before you purchase the paint.

Couples agree that cooler shades of greens, lavenders, and blues are good because they have a calming effect. Studies indicate the darker the hue, the more likely the heart rate and blood pressure will increase. You and your significant other will appreciate the colors more if they are chosen jointly.

Psychology has played its role in painting schemes for centuries. Ultimately, it is up to the homeowner or family to make the choices for what color works best. What works for one person may not work for another. However, these suggestions may make the decision a little easier.