One of the easiest and speediest ways to give the rooms in your home a fresh, remodeled look is with a new paint job. And knowing the best—as well as the worst—colors to use can help you make a more informed choice.
Naturally, you’ll want to select hues and tones that you like the best; after all, you’ll be looking at these walls and ceilings every day! But design and renovation experts always advise caution and restraint when making your choices. A certain color may appeal to you on a small swatch, but translating that same tone onto a larger area, like an entire wall—or walls—may present an entirely different picture. It can overwhelm the room, or seem like an entirely different hue, depending on the flow of light and the layout. Proceed with caution, painting just a small section to begin with and then living with it for a day or so before committing an entire room to that color.
Considerable studies have been conducted to analyze the effects various colors have on moods; it’s interesting to note that people react to color without even knowing quite why. You may find yourself avoiding a room, or spending less time there, simply because its palette “speaks” to you in a negative way, or in a way that is in conflict with the function of that particular area of your house.
Colors intrinsically evoke emotions from people and set the mood for an interior space. They can energize, depress, elate or motivate. Before undertaking a remodeling task, first identify what kinds of activities typically take place in the room facing renovation.
Shades of blues and greens are excellent choices for bedrooms as they evoke feelings of sleepiness and relaxation, while bright and primary colors would be more attractive for both children and the elderly. Choose lighter and pastel shades to present that relaxed atmosphere in your bedrooms. For bathrooms however, you would be better off choosing a brighter shade of these same colors. You want to relax in the bathroom, but perhaps not so much that you find yourself nodding off!
Reds are great shades to choose for kitchens, as they evoke the appetite and keep people more sociable, lively and wide awake. However, you should consider people in your household who may find their blood pressures rising whenever they are inside an area with a great deal of red. To avoid such scenarios, choose other shades of red like a darker wine or burgundy color. Blue is a less desirable selection for the dining room or kitchen, as it has been shown to suppress the appetite.
The living area may do well with various shades of orange to induce warm and friendly feelings. However, avoid using bright shades as these can be overwhelming and counteractive to the effect you are striving to achieve. Browns and earth colors are great for exterior finishes, but not so in living rooms, where they can give people a sensation of being enclosed or trapped.
You have as many choices to select from as there are available shades of paint available on the market. Let your instincts guide you; ultimately, it’s a sense of comfort you are seeking. If you can stand in the middle of a room and feel relaxed and at peace, you’ve probably achieved precisely the correct result!