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The Psychology of Colors in a Home

Okay, some people think colors affect our mood, but is it completely true? The answer is quite simply, yes. Just like seasons and music affect our mood, colors do too. So if you’re thinking about selling your home or repainting your walls, you need to read this!

We’ve all heard about ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ colors, but what do they actually mean and how did they get that label? ‘Warm’ colors are hues of red and orange. When standing in a room painted with these colors, you will actually feel that the temperature is warmer in those rooms compared to cool colored rooms. Normally, you’d want warm painted walls when living in a cooler climate. ‘Cool’ colors are more of your blues and greens. Cool colors are a great choice for entryways and in rooms that tend to get a lot of sun.

Naturally, we are drawn to warmer colors, so painting warmer colors at the end of a long hallway will draw guests towards the end. Using cooler colors will make the walls seem further apart, while warm, darker colors make them seem closer. Interestingly, you can manipulate a room by using a variety of colors. For example, you can paint the side walls of a hallway a lighter color, making the walls appear further than they are, and paint the end of the hallway a darker color so guests eyes are drawn to that point.

Not only can colors visually influence you and your guests, but they can also influence you mentally and emotionally. Research has shown that people’s moods can be manipulated by the color of the room they are located. Here are some examples:

  • Green has been shown to create a calming environment as well as a creative one. This color is great to use for offices, art studios, or a craft room.
  • Red has been shown to raise blood pressure and adrenaline. It’s also been linked to impaired analytical reasoning, so having it in an office is definitely not a good idea. Instead, put red in a home gym, or somewhere you need a high energy level.
  • Violet is a peaceful and serene color that you can use in a bedroom or bathroom. Darker purples are associated with luxury and are also viewed as ‘rich’ and ‘sophisticated.’
  • Yellow is a tricky color to use in a home. Ideally, yellow reminds us all of sunshine and happiness, but this isn’t the case if yellow is the main paint color throughout the house. Using yellow in smaller spaces like halls, entryways, or kitchens may be okay, but it should not be used in larger spaces. Studies have shown that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior and babies are more likely to cry in yellow rooms.
  • Blue has been shown to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration as well as heart rate. Lighter blue is considered to be a calming, relaxing and serene color. It’s most often recommended to be used in the bedroom and bathroom.
  • Orange, like red, creates a raise in adrenaline and energy. While this color is not a great choice for any main areas of the home, using it in an exercise room will help you get more out of your workout.
  • Neutral colors such as black, gray, white and brown fall in and out of popularity, but one thing that people love about these colors are their flexibility. You can liven things up by adding pops of color, or you can calm it down by keeping all walls and decor neutral.

If you plan on listing your home at any point, using these tips will help you create a home all will enjoy and these tips are based on research. You are trying to create an experience for your buyers and make them feel something when you walk into your home. Be purposeful in your decor and colors used on your walls. If you have any further questions or other questions feel free to reach out to us! View information regarding home buying here

If you are thinking about selling your home, read out tips for listing your property here. We also offer a FREE market home value for your home, you can complete the form here.

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