Each of the walls in our house is a living space, and it is our responsibility to make them livelier by painting them with vibrant colors. However, you cannot just choose a color that you want. Psychology works when it comes to choosing the right wall paint colors, too. Here are ten of the most common wall colors and their effects on one’s mood.
Considered as the most intense color, red tends to increase the energy levels in a room. It stirs up excitement and promotes liveliness; the very reason red is a happy color. Thus, it is best to paint living, dining and other areas where people tend to gather and converse with this color. Avoid painting bedroom walls with red otherwise, you’ll find it difficult to sleep peacefully.
Known as the soothing color, blue has cooling and calming effects. It depends on the shade, however. Softer and lighter blues can evoke feelings of relaxation and serenity while darker blues have the opposite effect. It is best to paint the bedroom and bathroom walls with pastel blue while family rooms and kitchens with warmer blues such as periwinkle. Bright blues like turquoise and cerulean also work best in areas where people gather.
Also a happy color because it exudes the joy of sunshine, yellow energizes and uplifts. It is a highly welcoming color that it is best painted in the dining room, bathroom, and kitchen walls. Nevertheless, too much yellow can result in feelings of anger, frustration, confusion and annoyance. That’s why experts suggest homeowners to use yellow sparingly even if you’re using soft yellows.
Dubbed as the color of nature, green emanates tranquility, warmth, and composure. It is the most refreshing of all colors. It is capable of promoting comfort and togetherness. Specifically, green helps people to relax through relieving stress and diminishing negativity within any given space. It combines the best qualities of colors blue and yellow therefore it can be painted on any walls inside the house.
Often associated with joyfulness, pink triggers crisp, child-like emotions also called the “pink effect.” The color channels memories of playing with dolls. Thus, it is mostly painted on little girls’ bedroom and playroom walls. It is a very feminine color that also has a calming effect.
Mostly associated with luxury and sophistication, purple gives depth to any room. It makes a room creative, rich and dramatic regardless of its shade. Nonetheless, lighter shades of purple like lilac and lavender tend to radiate restful feeling compared to darker shades such as eggplant or magenta. It is best painted on bedroom walls.
An extremely energetic color, orange oozes with enthusiasm and excitement. Even so, it is not advisable for living rooms because dwellers also want to unwind from time to time. It is best painted on exercise room walls since it can increase one’s energy levels. It can also be painted on certain areas such as reading and breakfast nooks because it stimulates the appetite.
Reminiscent of cocooning, brown emits a sense of togetherness. It can make a room feel cozy and safe; hence, it can be painted on walls where all the loved ones gather. For homes with a home theater, chocolate or cocoa brown are the best wall colors.
Considered as the safest color not because it promotes security, but because it doesn’t look messy. For some, it is bland and boring. Nonetheless, it can make a room appear airy, open and expansive. It is best painted on the walls of cramped areas. It is a matter of preference though; thence, when you choose to paint the walls with white, accentuate them with a framed photograph or painting.
Mostly an accent color, black also adds depth to a room. It is dramatic and elegant. Experts say that it is best to use black in smaller amounts. However, if painting a wall with entirely black color, make sure that the texture or finish will be emphasized. A glossy finish will do, for instance, to diminish its melancholic effect.
Each color has its own effects on human. Likewise, we have different takes on colors. The goal is to find the right shade for your walls. Try to truly analyze how one color makes you feel inside. Then, decide according to how you respond to each. You are going to live with such paint colors, so make sure that you choose those that suit you and your lifestyle.
Raphael Zamora is a Filipino Blogger and Freelance Writer that blogs for Arca South. The newest central business and lifestyle district south of the metro, Taguig City.