Painting Your Home: The Psychology of Color

Are you planning renovation works for your new home or looking to revamp your current home? As important as light fixtures, cabinet installments and selection of furniture is the color of your walls. Your wall color is the first thing that catches the eye when you walk into a room. It is what determines the vibe and feel of your entire home or even just that one single room, and it also adversely affects your mood; red will give off a fiery and warm vibe, while sky blue will calm and relax you. Changing the color of your walls will give the home a completely new and refreshing look, and it is also the most economical solution to giving your home a face lift.

Before coming to a decision to what color you should choose for your home, it is crucial to understand the psychology of color and what it can do for a room as well as to your state of mind.

 

Red

Red Paint

An intense and passionate color, red invokes passion and intensity. It works well in the living area as it aids in stimulating conversation and increases adrenaline. However, it is better to leave it out of bedrooms as it can prove to be overly stimulating.

If you have your mind set on painting your bedroom red, it will be best to choose an earthy shade of red as it will be less stimulating than crimson or scarlet. It will also add elegance and sophistication to your room.

Red is a popular wall color for many restaurants as it works perfectly as a stimulant to get people chattier and more sociable, as well as aid in increasing one’s appetite. Similarly, you can choose to paint your dining area red to evoke the same sentiments among your dinner guests.

 

Orange

Orange Paint

The color of youth and enthusiasm, orange is the perfect color for living and dining areas, as well as for the exercise room. It represents happiness and celebration, symbolizing cohesiveness and vitality. Because of its association with increased energy levels, orange is not suitable for relaxing rooms such as the bedroom but is effective in adding a touch of charm to all other rooms.

 

Yellow

Yellow Paint

An excellent color for use in small spaces because of its expansive and welcoming effect, yellow is the perfect color for kitchens, bathrooms and entryways. Because of the explosiveness in its bright hue, it is not recommended for use in larger rooms. Studies have also shown that people tend to get frustrated and angry more easily in a yellow room. As such, it is wise to be prudent when working with yellow in the house.

 

Blue

Blue Paint

This is a popular choice among home owners in sunny Singapore because of the cooling effects it has on a room. In addition to its effects on the temperature of a room, blue also has a calming and relaxing effect on people. It helps to reduce stress levels and works well to bring a sense of tranquility and serenity. It should be noted, however, that only softer shades of blue such as turquoise, periwinkle and turquoise will emanate such sentiments and moods. Darker shades of blue will evoke feelings of melancholy and in more serious cases, depression. This is true to the commonly-used phrase used to describe feelings of sadness, “feeling blue”.

 

Green

Green Paint

Possibly the most versatile color in the color wheel, green is the most soporific color for the eye and is great for use in any room. Combining the soothing effects of blue and the welcoming effects of yellow, green aids in cooling a room and yet there is enough warmth in it to encourage intimacy and stimulate conversation. Green is recommended for use in any room where you want to relax in, such as in the bedroom or lounge, and in spaces where you need to encourage composure and serenity, such as in the study or kitchen.

 

White

White Paint

The most basic of color, white represents simplicity and space. It also works well as an accent to a brightly colored room with a space constraint if you paint only one side of the wall of the room in white; it will help to make the room seem bigger. White is recommended for use in any room, but it works especially well in smaller spaces as it adds a spacious effect to the area. White also conjures imagery of cleanliness and of starting anew; making it a wonderful color to paint your home in if you are starting a new life and moving on from an old chapter in life.

 

Purple

Purple Paint

A color associated with royalty, money and drama, purple is one color that you can use to add a touch of sophistication to any room. Purple is a color that helps to arouse creativity and thus is better left out of the bedroom, a place where the mind goes to rest. A good place to have painted purple to stimulate your creative juices is the study.

Rich, darker shades of purple will give any room a luxurious and vibrant ambience while softer shades of purple like lavender help cool a room down in the same way that light hues of blue do.

 

Pink

Pink Paint

This playful color is quite simply passionate red brought down a few notches with pure white, therefore evoking memories of youth, innocence and playfulness. Pink contains calming and soothing effects are these properties can be perfectly put to use in a baby’s nursery.  It also represents femininity and will be an excellent choice for girls’ bedrooms.

 

Brown

Brown Paint

Being the color of the ground that we stand on, brown symbolizes trust, earthiness and stability. It is great for use in the living room where the family would usually congregate to promote closeness and affection. A room painted in brown hues from soft pastel brown to darker espresso shades will give it a cozy ambience with a sense of security.

 

Have you decided on the colors that you will use for the walls of your new or current abode? Hopefully the above guide has given you an idea as to which color will be ideal for your home to highlight your personality as well as main features of any room. If you are still unsure on what's the best color for your home, speak to our painting professionals to learn more about the best type of paints for the different area in the house. 

 

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