Time to repaint your home? Contrary to popular perception, the colors you choose for your home do not only change the appearance of your home, but also influence your emotions, thoughts and behavior, and that of your family. Here are some surprising facts about colors along with some tips on how to use them the best way to create a great home.
The color yellow is often associated with happiness and cheer, but surprisingly, too much of it can sour a person’s mood. While yellow may be a good choice for passages, kitchens or dining rooms, experts advise against using it as the main color in a room because it can trigger feelings of anger and frustration. Some studies, though not scientifically proven, also suggest that babies cry more in yellow bedrooms and spouses tend to get into more arguments in yellow kitchens. While the jury might still be out on that, here is a scientific fact. Yellow is the most draining color on the eye because of the high amount of light that it reflects. So if you still want to go with yellow, opt for soft yellows, which are not harsh on the eyes.
Red is the color of energy and passion. It increases heart rate, respiration rate and blood pressure and pumps up the adrenaline like no other color. While it might be a great choice to stir up the atmosphere in the living room or the dining room, don’t use it in bedrooms where you want to wind down or relax after a long day.
Color consultants also advise against using red in the kitchen, especially if you are on a perpetual diet. Red, apparently, can encourage you to eat more – maybe that is why we have so many restaurants with red-themed decor!
Blue is a popular color for bedrooms and bathrooms and rightly so. The color blue has been shown to bring down a person’s heart rate, blood pressure and respiration rate, helping him relax.
But again, be careful with the shade you are planning to use. While lighter shades have a calming and soothing effect, darker blues can induce depression. But if you live in an area where you have very long winters or if your room gets very less natural light, you may want to avoid pastel hues of blue which can lend a very chilly feel to the room.
Green, the color of nature, is supposed to be the most relaxing color on the eye. Experts say that green can be used for almost any room in the house – as long as you choose the right shade. Its ability to help people relax makes it a great choice for bedrooms. And being a combination of cool blue and warm yellow, it has just the right amount of tranquility and energy for a living room.
Another combination of warm and cool colors (red and blue), purple is often associated with wealth and royalty and is used by many people to impart a luxurious feel to their homes. But did you know that this color is also said to be great for promoting creativity and artistic abilities?
Kurt Jacobson is a snowboarding enthusiast with a background in real estate. Having moved 11 times in the past nine years, he thrives on helping others learn from his experiences. When he’s not out shredding the mountain, he writes about all things home related for the website.