Have you ever walked into a room and wondered why your mood changed? Maybe you walked in feeling anxious or stressed, only to feel relaxed when you sit down on the couch. A likely cause could be the color of the walls. Here’s a helpful guide to learn what colors to use when painting your home, and what colors to avoid.
Blue – Blue is one of the most common wall colors around. Almost every home you walk into will have blue walls in at least one room. This is because blue is considered a calming, serene color when used in the home. It is said to lower blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That’s why you often see blue used in bedrooms, bathrooms, and even living rooms.
Red – Red is a bold, exciting color that you rarely see in the home. Contrary to blue, red raises energy levels in a room and creates a space in which people are prone to gather. However, red can be too energizing if used in a bedroom, even making it difficult to unwind after a long day. Red is best used in a social room such as the living room or dining room.
Purple – Purple is much like blue in its lighter shades, evoking calm and tranquility to the room. However, unlike dark blue, which can bring sadness to a room, dark purple creates a feeling of elegance and sophistication. Purple is not often used as a primary wall color; instead, it is used as an accent color against neutral wall schemes to add depth and interest to a room.
Yellow – Yellow can be a difficult color to capture effectively in a room. It can certainly evoke a cheery feeling in small doses, but when overused it can create a frenzied or chaotic sensation. It is generally avoided as a primary color scheme, and instead used in accents and fabric choices. Adding pops of yellow brightens the home and makes it feel welcoming and uplifting.
Green – Green is seldom used in large main living areas, but it certainly could be. Green combines the calming effects of blue and the cheeriness of yellow, making it a perfect candidate for living and dining rooms. It can be so bright, however, that many people choose to use green as an active secondary color versus a bold primary color.
Orange – Orange is an exciting, bold color, making it an ideal color scheme for an exercise room. It is too bold for large living areas, creating frenzied feelings much like yellow color schemes. However, a workout space benefits from such an energized color; it allows for an exciting atmosphere to have a fun, productive workout.
Neutrals – Neutral color schemes are a perfect blank canvas to mix in the perfect secondary color. Neutral rooms are very flexible; add pops of bright color to liven the space or add cool tones for a tranquil atmosphere. Black should be used sparingly in any design, but when used correctly can add depth to the space.
Color has a significant impact on the atmosphere of your home. Whether you’re only changing the colors of the walls, completely remodeling, or having a custom home built, the finishing touches always lay in the colors of the design. Need help designing your new space? Call the professionals at Norman Graham to build your perfect space today!