Whether you realize it or not, your mood and other psychological factors are affected by different colors. Your color choice can make you feel motivated, calm, or even angry. Paint color can also trick your mind into thinking a room is larger or smaller.
Since paint color is so powerful, you may wonder how you can pick the optimal colors for your home and your family. My Arlington Painter works closely with color consultants, and so we are aware that color can impact you in numerous ways, let us explain how in more detail.
Keep in mind that colors behave in three main ways: passive, active, and neutral.
Red is certainly a power color. The color red has been shown to raise blood pressure and heart rate. It is an excellent color choice for sports teams but also for areas in your home that you want to be particularly stimulating. A whole room of red or even an accent wall in the living room can encourage lively conversation.
When you think of yellow, no doubt you think of happy things like, sunshine and flowers. Yellow is a cheery accent color. Too much yellow has been shown to cause frustration, but a splash here and there can be energizing and uplifting.
Add yellow for a more welcoming entryway or wake up easier in the morning with a sunshine yellow bathroom.
The closest opposite to red is blue. Blue is known to slow heart rate and lower blood pressure.
The color blue can evoke a wide range of emotions depending on the shade, however. Warm in between shades of blue can create a calming atmosphere and are thus great for bedrooms or bathrooms. Cool blue tones should be accompanied by warmer accent colors so as to not feel too sterile. Too much dark blue, on the other hand, can influence feelings of sadness. So, be wary of using rich blues as a main color scheme.
The green spectrum is nicely situated between the colors yellow and blue. Because of this, green is a soothing color for almost any room.
Depending on which side of the hue you choose leans towards, green can strike a nice balance between calming and also promoting warm closeness.
Much like blue, purple can affect you wildly depending on how deep or light of a shade.
Purple has long been associated with royalty and elegance. To convey a dramatic and sophisticated feel, choose a dark eggplant color. To encourage restful moods, lilacs and lavenders are an appealing choice.
If you enjoy keeping your home trendy, neutrals like brown, black, gray and white will suit you well.
With neutrals, you can easily change up the feel of any given room. Add some bright colors and textures for a boho look or layer neutrals on neutrals for more depth in a modern home.
Of course, this is just a small overview of the affect colors can play on your emotions. If you still do not know where to start, contact us today! Like we said, we work closely with Florence Jones from America’s Color Consultants. She is our resident color expert and can guide you to the right colors to make you feel your best when you are at home.