Some Interesting Facts About the Color You Choose to Paint A Room!

A little heads up on picking paint color for the rooms in your home, which also can be a bit overwhelming.  I recently checked out the paint selection at home depot, I was floored at how many colors there were to choose from, to get that perfect color is like winning the lottery!

It got me thinking, “how can I choose the best color for different rooms in my home?” We’re doing some touch ups, and I’m not an Interior Designer, so it gets confusing,especially if your trying to sell your home for top dollar. As an artist, I’m very familiar with color, but don’t know all the latest trends on interior colors, so learning the science behind color really helps.  It is interesting to see how color affects us emotionally.  There are so many reasons why we gravitate to a certain color, or palette. Some colors I use in my paintings over and over, becauseI love them.  But after reading up on color, there is more to the “why” someone chooses certain colors, and it can be very psychological.  

Sally Augustin, a psychologist, principal at the consulting firm design with science, and an expert in how environments influence people—some light on the way different colors affect our moods, and how that translates to how we want to feel in our home.  Thanks To Science, We Have A Little Direction as to why we  paint a room a certain color…and even colors to avoid!

The Bedroom: 

Try a Dusty Blue, blue is considered universally a color we associate with calm and rest. Science behind that…we associate blue with clear skies, and water sources.  Studies show that people get moresleep-in blue bedrooms.  Keep the shade low in saturation and high in brightness (muted and not too dark) for best sleep. On another color note…

Avoid: Purple

It is thought to lead to the worst sleep quality!

The Home Office:

A Sage Green, because it isn’t over stimulating. Green is associated with creative thinking and primes your mental state for work. This might have something to do with the fact that green reminds us of nature.  Nature helps clear your mind and slows us down to live in the moment.   

Avoid: Red

Reminds one of the red-pen mark-ups your teachers made on school assignments, and we carry that association into adulthood. Augustin maintains that being exposed to red even for a short amount of time can degrade analytical performance.

The Bathroom or Vanity: 

A Blush Pink

While white is associated with cleanliness and purity, it can also make a room feel stark, and cold. Pink creates the most flattering environment for all skin tones and can even make you feel warmer when you step out of the shower. But you don’t have to go bubblegum pink to get the effect: A subtle rose quartz feels fresh and modern with the right fixtures.

Avoid: Neon

Bathrooms tend to be small, and nobody wants to be trapped in an enclosed space that’s visually assaulting them

For the Kitchen: 

Try Poppy…Or Cobalt

Depending on the effect you want. Warmer, more saturated tones like red and orange are known to stimulate appetite, blue has the opposite effect. Either way, kitchens are one room where more saturated, vibrant colors are ok: it creates an energetic vibe.

Avoid: greenish yellow

Interestingly, yellow is the least favorite color overall worldwide, but often favored for kitchens. If you add a hint of green, it reads as sickly, definitely not something you want in a you’re your cooking your meals

For the Living Room:

Paint a warm sand

Since this is a multipurpose space—you’re just as likely to spend time reading as you are chatting with friends—pick relaxing tones, because social situations generate energy, and a vibrant room can be overkill. Something on the warm side, like a pale sienna, boosts the coziness factor. Exposed brick is a great choice.

 Avoid: Anything Too Dark or Saturated

Some bold colors can add drama to a living room, and many deep tones can feel oppressive. So not a good choice unless you have a snug alcove or reading nook you want to make cozy. Then a dark taupe or slate gray might be just the ticket. 

I hope this helps and gives you some direction in choosing colors for your house. I know it helped me, even gave me some direction in what colors to use in my paintings!  I’ll be doing more research on that soon.  



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