Matching Colors to Your Mood – and Your Home

June 15, 2015 | By

Have you ever noticed how homes, both old and new, are often staged with neutral walls? They are inviting us to envision how our unique lives might look within them. As a result, we’re eager to put our signatures on these blank canvases after we move in.

Color can make a tiny room feel larger, or a spacious one feel more intimate, without the time and expense of actually moving walls, notes a recent article on HGTV. “You can make a den feel cozy by painting the walls with a warm color, or make a narrow space feel wider by using different colors on opposing walls. The paint colors you choose, as well as the color of the furniture and accessories, all create a mood,” says the article.

The right paint colors can help evoke certain moods throughout your home, whether they are tranquil blues, uplifting yellows, or sophisticated crimsons, experts say.

“Color is a universal, nonverbal language, and we all intuitively know how to speak it,” Leslie Harrington, a color consultant in Old Greenwich, Conn. and a noted expert on the use of color in residential and industrial décor, tells WebMD. “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.”

To find hues that elicit the desired effect and also suit your home’s style, start out with a little visual brainstorming. Interior design magazines often post online photo galleries showcasing rooms with various color schemes. Visually rich social media sites, such as Pinterest, also offer diverse collections of room design pictures compiled by both professionals and enthusiasts.

As you shop around, keep the psychology of color in mind:

  • Red — Conveys warmth and passion. “Stimulating red is a design tool that heightens the senses,” which makes it a popular color for dining rooms.
  • Blue — Carries a sense of calm. Cooler shades of this color may be found in bedrooms to encourage relaxation.
  • Yellow — “Adds optimism to your home, prompting feelings of happiness in all who enter.” Warm yellows often pair well with kitchens.
  • Green — Connects us to the natural world. The numerous shades of this color can have a soothing effect on almost any room.

“Don’t be afraid to experiment and use color,” says HGTV. “With some planning, you can find the colors that will make your home an expression of your style.”

Source: HGTV “The Psychology of Color by Jeannie Matteucci.

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