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Understanding How Interior Home Paint Colors Can Affect Your Mood

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Freshening up your space with some new interior home paint is a great way to capture the way you want to feel – calm, relaxed, energized…you get to pick!

Color psychology is a real thing and can play an integral part in our emotions. When it comes to picking the colors for your home, decide which feeling you want to capture, and go from there.

Warm Colors

The warm colors are thought to create more intense feelings, ranging from excitement to anger. Powerful pops of color make you feel invigorated and can evoke powerful emotions.

While each person may have their own perception of how a color makes them feel, there are some general feelings that each hue creates.

Red

The first two things that come to mind with the color red are anger and passion. The phrase “I’m seeing red!” had to come from somewhere, right? Red brings about alertness that makes you feel the need to react and be impulsive.

On the other end of things, the passionate, fiery, sultriness that some people think of when they see red also brings an intense emotion, but that of a different kind. Red emits a wide variety of emotions – more than any of the other colors!

Yellow

Spring, joy, sunshine…the color yellow is most often associated with happiness. It can instantly lift your mood and make you feel energized and spontaneous.

In Native American cultures, the color yellow signifies unconditional love. In Chromotherapy, yellow brings about peace, perceptiveness, and positive decision-making.

Orange

A bright pop of orange can emit feelings of energy, passion, and excitement. It is often used in advertising because it does a great job of catching attention.

The mixture of red and yellow can be toned down to create a soft and mellow, yet invigorating color.

Cool Colors

Cool colors are known to bring about a sense of calmness and relaxation. Choosing a cool color for your interior space is a great way to make your home feel like a spa oasis.

Gather your favorite colors, collect a few fresh coat of paint quotes, and decide which route you’d like to go.

Green

Green is considered to be the most restful color of all of the hues. It brings about a very calming effect and is great when toned down. Perhaps this is because it is so heavily associated with nature and grounding.

Blue

Believe it or not, the color blue actually creates a chemical change to make you feel relaxed and calm. It slows heart rate, breathing, and can have a positive impact on blood pressure.

It is one of the most popular colors, and lighter hues are often used in spa-like spaces. Darker tones of blue are seen as professional colors and are used quite a bit in business settings.

As often as blue can bring on feelings of peace, it can also create feelings of sadness. “Feeling blue” is a popular phrase used to describe loneliness or depression.

Purple

From early on, purple was associated with royalty and luxury. The regal color represents a variety of things ranging from bravery to spirituality.

The Purple Heart is the highest military honor bestowed upon someone and signifies strength, courage, and bravery.

Purple’s connection to royalty is the reason it is often a color used in Christianity to reflect the sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

The darker the color, the more dramatic the feeling. While lighter shades of purple can be calming, dark, bold, shades of purple are dramatic and will make a more powerful statement.

Basics

You don’t have to go crazy with color to create a statement in your home. Sticking to the basics can be a great reflection of you while allowing you to spruce up the space with colorful accessories.

White

“Builder’s white”. If you play any type of role in the home industry, you’ve heard this term. More often than not, a new home will receive a fresh coat of white paint and they’ll call it done. But it’s not such a bad thing.

White is a symbol of purity and serenity, while some may see it as stark and cold. Cultures play a large role in how colors are seen as well. In Western culture, white is used to signify purity and a fresh start, while in Eastern cultures it shows sadness and mourning.

Black

Black can bring about some contrasting feelings. On one hand, it can make you feel chic and luxurious, while on the other end of things, it can also be a scary, dark, negative color.

This edgy color is often used in small quantities but is still a great attention-getter because of its boldness.

Brown

The color brown is often associated with nature, allowing a calm, grounded state of mind. The rich, dark color of wood can make a space feel warm and homey.

Second to white walls, shades of brown, like tan and canvas, are often used for large spaces in homes. It is an easy color to work with and can help you achieve a well-balanced look.

Grey

Over the last few years, grey has become the newest “it” color for homes. It can be edgy or timeless, depending on the depth of the shade.

For many years, grey was a symbol of sadness, but its recent rise to fame has helped it create a whole new feeling.

Which Interior Home Paint Will You Pick?

Deciding on the perfect color for your walls can take some time. Determine the feeling you want to generate, see which color will give you that emotion, and chose a few different swatches from that color family.

Your new interior home paint will be a reflection of you and give you that fresh-space feel. Check back for more great interior design tips!

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