Your Paint Colors Could Affect Your Mood

NL-200X150-paintswatchesCongrats! You’ve just closed on your new home (with The Peters Company, of course!) You, like many new homeowners, will probably start with a fresh coat of paint to make your new home feel like “yours”.

Of course you’ll choose paint colors that are appealing to you and many of you might even think about if the color(s) you choose will make the room feel darker/lighter and larger/smaller, but have you ever thought about how the colors you choose for your home will affect the mood of the people living there?

That’s right! It’s important to choose your colors wisely, as color can psychologically affect our moods. “Color is a universal, nonverbal language, and we all intuitively know how to speak it. What color you paint your walls isn’t just a matter of aesthetics.  It’s a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behavior” says Leslie Harrington, a color consultant (source).

Let’s take a quick look at the colors and how they may affect us!

Red: A high energy and intense color. It has been shown to raise your adrenaline, heart rate, and blood pressure levels. It can also draw people together and stimulate conversation. Best used in dining rooms and living rooms.

Orange: Creates excitement, enthusiasm, and is also an energetic color. This color can appear raw and flamboyant. It’s suggested use is in a workout area/room.

Yellow: Communicates happiness, hope, and optimism.  While some studies show that yellow can create a welcoming and positive feeling, other studies show that if used in large amounts, yellow can create feelings of frustration and anger. Best used in kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms.

Green: With its soothing affect, green represents renewal and youth.  It is a calming and restful color.  Green is believed to relive stress and promote comfort and togetherness. Is thought to be the most versatile paint color and can be used in almost any room of the home.

Blue: A calming, relaxing, and serene color.  Unlike red, blue has been shown to bring down blood pressure, heart rate, and slow your breathing. In most studies, blue often ranks as the “most popular” color.  Be careful not to choose a shade that is too dark – it can feel cold and sad. Most blues are a perfect choice for bedrooms and bathrooms.

Purple: Can be a tricky color. The dark versions (eggplant) promote the feelings of rich, dramatic, sophisticated, luxurious and creativity. The lighter shades (lilac) can give the same restful qualities as blue. Purple is shown to stimulate brain activity.  It is best used as an accent color.

Neutral (Black, White, Gray, Brown): Are, obviously, the most flexible colors. Black is best used as an accent color to ground any room.  It can make most paint color schemes feel elegant, formal, and sophisticated. However, too much black can be depressing, so choose wisely. White conveys peace, simplicity, and spaciousness. It can lend a crisp finish to any paint job.

Still looking for your perfect home to choose the paint colors for? Give The Peters Company a call today, we’d love to help!

Written by Katelyn Sheffield, Transaction Coordinator, The Peters Company

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