I was standing in front of the tower of paint swatches at my local hardware store, and I wondered if paint color could completely change your mood. So I decided to do some research. I wanted to find out, do colors affect your mood. If so, how? Do colors have an identical effect or response on everyone? This would assist me to make my decision on what home paint colors I would eventually choose.
The response to color is often deeply individual and instilled in your life background or upbringing. Color can affect your performance. Ultimately, experts have found that while color can determine how we feel and act, these effects are established by the individual, social, and our environment.
Does Color Change Your Mood
Research shows that color does affect your mood. Though perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, some colors have universal meaning.
For instance, colors on the cooler side of the spectrum like blues, greens, and purples tend to have a calming effect, but can also cause sad emotions. Colors on the warmer side like red, yellow, and orange can make a person feel happy, warm, or have an adverse effect of anger and aggression.
How Does Color Affect People?
Let’s take a look at a few different colors and their powerful effect on people. The results were interesting.
Black is used in the commercial world to signify power or luxury. This might be the reason why black is the most popular color for luxury vehicles. People often describe the color as sexy, powerful, mysterious, and even ominous.
White makes most people think of something as pure, clean, and or sterile and cold.
Red can make you think something is powerful, fast, aggressive, or takes charge.
Blue makes people think safety or calm like a blue sky after a storm.
Check this out, “… a new YouGov survey conducted in 10 countries across four continents shows that one color – blue – is the most popular across the board. Between 23% (in Indonesia) and 33% (in Great Britain) like blue most out of the colors listed, putting it 8-18 points ahead of any other color.”
How To Choose Colors For Your Home
With all the thousands of color choices out there, it’s understandable if choosing one is hard. Let’s take a step back; think about how different colors make you feel.
Which colors make you feel sad, gloomy, or just don’t make you feel anything? These colors you can push aside with certainty they will not work. Now, look at what colors are left. Do these colors make you feel happy, relaxed or calm?
What’s Your Favorite Color?
Here are two foolproof ways to find out.
- Take a quick look in your closet. What color clothing do you tend to buy? More than likely, it’s your favorite color.
- Scan the rooms that you spend the most time in at home. What color are your favorite pieces of decor like pillows, rugs, or curtains?
Take note of wood tones, tile color, and flooring color or tones in your home. Put the color swatches up to them to make sure they complement each other, especially if they will be near each other. It’s a good idea to buy sample paints to test on the wall.
Look at the colors in the fabric of your furniture. What will be a nice compliment to the curtains and rugs? Most likely you will see a color pattern, and then it will be easier to find the right wall color to pull your room together.
Tip: Buy small sample paint to try out. You will be able to see the color throughout the day in its different light. Some paints can change in color depending on direct or indirect natural light.
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Here are some other things to take note of:
- How much light does the room or rooms get throughout the day?
- What is the size of your room?
- What tasks are done in this area?
How Long Will You Be In This Home?
If you do not see you and your family staying in this home for more than 2-5 years, it is a good idea to select colors that are medium to light tones or neutral. Touch-ups are all you’ll need to do.
Instead, if this is your forever home you can freely pick colors that you love. To keep from having to repaint sooner than is needed, look for more classic timeless colors. If a trend comes that you love, just buy it in decor. Throw pillows, curtains and throws are less expensive than repainting your rooms all over again.
Conclusion, hopefully, the tower of paint swatches isn’t so intimidating now. You have narrowed down the color family. Now, it’s a matter of picking out the right shade. It’ll feel like a no brainer.
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