Photo courtesy of The Paint Quality Institute

When painting your home, take cues from color psychology

Color: Green
Green, one of the most popular colors, is a little more versatile. While it, too, has a soothing effect, it also represents renewal, youth, and vigor.

Says Zimmer, “Because it is calming, green paint is a good color choice for bedrooms, and since it’s the color of many appetizing fruits and vegetables, it can work in dining rooms, too.”

Light greens are ideal for bedrooms and living rooms; midtones are good for kitchens and dining rooms.

  • Ceiling: protective (reflection on skin tone can be unattractive).
  • Walls: safe, calm, reliable, neutral, yellow based hues create warmth, blue based hues tend to be cool.
  • Floors: natural up to a certain saturation point (light to dark), soft, relaxing (if closer to blue-green).

Green is an excellent color for interior environments, especially when involving concentration and meditation. And because green is calming, it is often used in hospitals, workplaces and schools.

“The ancient Egyptians, Native Americans, and many other peoples used color to heal. In doing so, they often favored the blues and greens found in nature — colors that have an emotional association with peace, harmony, and tranquility,” says Zimmer. “Paint colors in these same hues can help calm our nerves at home.”

Green dining area photo courtesy of The Paint Quality Institute
Green dining area photo courtesy of The Paint Quality Institute
Color psychology: red | pink | orange | yellow | green | blue | purple | black | white | grey | brown



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