If you are planning on painting your house, you may want to consider the psychology of color — that is, how each room's hue makes you feel in that space. Here are how some colors are commonly looked at and how they can change the mood of a room.
Color for the Bedroom
The bedroom is usually a haven where a person can relax and have privacy. Cooler colors such as blue are often associated with tranquility and can help you feel relaxed. In fact, many studies have shown that blue shades can slow a person's respiration and lower their blood pressure.
Cooler blue shades are not only relaxing, but they can also give you the feeling that the room's internal temperature is cooler. And since it's easier for the body to fall asleep when its internal temperature is reduced, a painted blue wall could help you get a better night's sleep.
Lastly, since blue is one of the most popular colors in the world for both genders, it can be the perfect color for a couple's bedroom.
If blue's not your thing, however, consider doing an accent wall. Accent walls are rooms where only one room is painted a certain color. Having an accent wall can really open up a room and give you a chance to use a stronger color without it being overbearing.
Color for the Bathroom
Like the bedroom, bathrooms are often sanctuaries for homeowners. Blue shades are once again popular. Blue is associated with peaceful scenery such as ocean vistas, so these shades can make you feel like you are on a vacation or at a spa.
Green shades are also great since green is associated with nature, thus evoking peaceful scenery in your mind's eye. Shades like mint and cerulean are good choices.
If you get seasonal depression or your bathroom is small and poorly lit, consider a happy shade of yellow, like Lemon Chiffon. While some people need a peaceful space, others need an energetic color to help them get going on their day.
Lastly, since the bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, you may want a color that opens up the space. White and neutral tones can help achieve this, especially when they are paired with mirrors.
Color for the Kitchen and Dining Area
The kitchen and dining area are often the main hubs of social activity and, of course, feasting. Yellow shades have been said to increase metabolism and energy, while red shades have been said to encourage appetite. In fact, marketers involved in the dining industry understand how these colors affect people's eating habits, which is why they are used a lot in restaurants.
Since a little red and yellow can go a long way, you may want to pair one of these shades with a neutral color such as gray. Since the kitchen offers lots of opportunities for accent colors (e.g. backsplashes, towels, cabinets), a base of gray may be good for larger walls, while reds and yellows may work well for smaller walls.
The Caveat of Color Psychology
While some researchers have found that different colors can affect mood and body psychology, there are still many anecdotal resources out there.
Color can be influenced by so many different factors — for example, cultural influence — so color psychology shouldn't muddy up a decision if you are just looking for something to match your sheets and pillows.
In fact, if you aren't concerned one way or another about your home's paint job, consider putting color psychology to a different use: overall home value.
For example, Business Insider says that homes painted "griege," a shade in between gray and beige, were actually able to sell their homes for thousands of dollars more than other similar houses on the market. This griege color is popular since it works well with staging and makes the home look bigger.
If you want help choosing colors or painting your house, contact the local painters at American Best Painting Inc.