When painting your home, take cues from color psychology
The words “paint” and “personality” aren’t often used together, but they certainly could be.
Skillful interior decorating is largely an artistic endeavor, but there’s some science involved, too — and none more important than the psychology of color.
“Color psychology can help you choose paint colors that create the right mood in a room, affecting not just your own feelings, but those of everyone who enters it,” according to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. “In fact, paint color is so powerful that it can influence our state of mind, and even our physiology,” she says.
By understanding the impact of color, she says, you can better incorporate the hues that help create the desired living space mood and setting that best suits your family and personal lifestyle.
While the way a color makes you feel should play a role when selecting an interior paint scheme, it’s only one factor to consider. “Personal color preference should be given at least as much weight,” she adds.
Once you know the basics, feel free to break the rules and create new looks that reflect your unique tastes and personality. The bottom line: “No one will spend more time in your home than you will, so choose colors that you love, and you won’t go wrong.”
Because it is associated with desire and passion, it’s a perfect paint color for dining rooms and adult bedrooms, says Zimmer, but not right for children’s rooms.
Ceilings: weighty and annoying.
Walls: advancing and energetic.
Red is predominantly used as an accent color, but we are currently seeing more of a trend using this color on walls. Large amounts of saturated red create a more complex space, while saturated brown-reds can make a room warm and inviting.