Have you been considering repainting or redecorating the interior of your home lately? Have you spent hours pouring over countless colour samples wondering what to select? I know I did when we moved into our new home. And not once did I consider what mood I want each room to evoke. Looking back on my decisions, I am ready to repaint my kitchen based on the knowledge I now possess.
Colour has been proven to evoke certain psychological responses in people. That being said, you may react differently than the masses and you should consider how each colour makes you feel and how you want your guests to feel when they are in your home. Two things to consider when you are selecting room colour are energy and purpose. Light colours will make a room feel expansive and energetic. Dark colours can make a bigger room feel more warm and inviting. Let’s take a look at 5 major colours used when painting and decorating your home and how they can drastically alter your mood when you enter a room.
White, Khaki, Black, Grey and Brown are often used as wall paint as the neutral base for more creative decorating couch and pillow accents. Decorators love these colours because they allow for the use of other furniture to define the room’s mood. If you want more energy in the room at some bright throw pillows. If you want more intimacy and thoughtfulness, you might add some dark burgundy or red accents.
Blue is the color of serenity. It is the colour of the ocean and the sky. When people are surrounded by blue then tend to feel more relaxed and their blood pressure is reduced. Consider using light blues in your bathrooms and bedrooms to create calm. You can also use blues in your living room and kitchen just use a brighter blue like turquoise. When using blue the experts agree - be careful to use softer hues. Dark blue has been linked to creating depressing feelings and should be used sparingly.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine and happiness. I always think of sunflowers and Gerber Daisies when I think of yellow. But, yellow should be used mainly as an accent colour in kitchens and rooms where you want to feel energetic and happy. Because yellow is bright, it can make a dark hallway or foyer feel bigger and happier. Just be careful, yellow should not be used as the main colour of a baby’s room or main gathering room. Studies show that because yellow is so energetic that being in its presence for too long can be overwhelming and create anxiety.
Red - the colour of love and stimulation is a fantastic color for living rooms and dining rooms where you want to stimulate conversation. The different hues of red can also help control the type of conversation you want to elicit. Maroon and burgundy colours will help create a thoughtful mood and ensuing conversation. While scarlet and true red will bring out excited moods and energetic conversation.
Green is the colour of rest and relaxation. Green mixes in the contrasts of yellow and blue and creates a calming effect on your eyes. It is the chosen colour of designers for bedrooms and lounge rooms for its ability to rejuvenate and relax your soul. It is also considered a colour of growth in nature. A green leaf on a plant means the plant is alive and healthy.
The next time you are getting ready to paint a room or redecorate, just remember to not only think about what colours you like, but also the mood they can induce. Then start by painting colour swatches on your wall and let your mind’s eye decide if you’ve nailed it.
About the Author: Doug Hopeman is the owner of Premiere Adirondack Chairs, a high end furniture retailer specializing in designer patio furniture for your back yard. He loves to explore topics on how to design your dream living space.