Before You Choose Your Home’s Interior Paint Palette, Dig Into the Psychology of Color

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by

When you’re making decisions about using color in your home, there are many variables to take into account. One point that can make the process simpler is to understand the basics about choosing paint colors

Whether you’re choosing colors for an existing home or new home construction, you’ll also need to think about what message each color you choose conveys.

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Debra Kling Colour Consultant via Houzz

Here’s a primer on the psychology of using color in your home:

  • Bright colors are perceived as happy colors. Vibrant greens, blues and yellows are especially welcoming in kitchens.
  • Darker colors can result in a gloomy feeling if not done well. However, if they’re used properly, particularly as accents, they can convey coziness and comfort.
  • Warm colors such as orange and yellow connote activity, so they should be avoided in rooms that are meant for relaxation, such as bedrooms.
  • Cold colors like icy blues are especially good for bedrooms. They can help homeowners relax at night and wake up feeling refreshed.
  • Navy blue tends to inhibit some people’s willingness to communicate so consider avoiding it in the dining room and living room.
  • Red can raise the energy of a room, but it can also make some people irritable. To avoid that possibility, use red as an accent.
  • Gray can dampen your appetite, so it’s probably not a good choice for the dining room.

Choosing colors can be daunting when taking all of these psychological effects into consideration. Using a professional interior designer with a trained eye can definitely help take some of the stress out of these decisions.

For assistance with redesigning your Kansas home or for help from the ground up on your new construction, contact Interiors by Melody.

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