Did you know that the colors you choose for the interior of your home can have a direct affect on your moods, feelings and emotions? According to Web MD, Color Psychologists believe that home colors have a profound effect on your emotional well-being.
The paint colors and home décor we choose, are most often determined by what we consider to be aesthetically pleasing. Our preferred style, favorite colors and personal tastes vary, depending on what we think and feel look most attractive. However, if you have a better understanding of colors and the moods and emotions they evoke, you may reconsider your choices.
Which Home Colors are Right for You?
Color can be used in a home to create feelings such as relaxation, warmth, coziness or spaciousness. However, how people are affected by different color stimuli still varies from person to person.
Warm colors such as red, orange and yellow can arouse feelings of warmth and comfort, to feelings of anger and hostility.
Cool colors include blue, purple and green. These colors often evoke calm feelings but can bring about feelings of melancholy or indifference as well.
Yellow communicates happiness and is a great choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms. Although yellow is a cheery color, studies show that in large amounts it tends to create feelings of anger and frustration. Yellow is considered a gender neutral color but is generally not a good choice for a baby’s nursery as it is said that babies cry more in yellow rooms.
Colors recommended for a bedroom include blue, which symbolizes serenity. Green works well in a bedroom because it tends to promote relaxation. Green is also a great choice for a home office because it tends to increase focus and concentration.
According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, “White conveys peace, simplicity and spaciousness.” When used throughout a room, white can give the illusion that the space is bigger than it really is.
Red is a good choice for a dining room because it helps stimulate the appetite and conversation. However, it would not be advisable for a bedroom because it can raise blood pressure, heart rate and energy level, making it more difficult to sleep.
Dark, rich colors like black, purple and emerald can convey a sense of luxury and elegance. However, if overdone, these colors can be depressing.
Before you decide what color schemes you plan to use in a new or already existing home, consider first what mood you hope to convey. If you don’t have the time to paint, or the interest in delving into a new project right now, try changing your decor colors. A few pillows, a colorful throw, wall art and an area rug can drastically help in changing the feel of any room.
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