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How Interior Paint Colors Can Affect Your Mood

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

Choosing a paint color can be overwhelming. The paint color you choose sets the overall tone for the entire room. To make this decision a bit easier, figure out how you want the room to make you feel. Your bedroom or bathroom should be calming, relaxing and soothing. Your living or dining rooms, however, should be sociable, personable and happy.

How different colors can affect your mood:

Whites / Neutrals: Painting your walls white or a neutral shade will help it feel more spacious / open. White is a very safe color, you can decorate with almost anything. White also provides a sense of peacefulness and calming.

Blue: Shades of blue are calming colors that will make you feel relaxed. According to Country Living Magazine, blue has been proven to help lower blood pressure, clear the mind and help steady one's breathing. Put some though into which shade of blue you choose, however. Pastel blues can create a cooler vibe while lighter, warm blues will easily balance with neutral / wood furnishings.

Yellow: Yellow instantly brightens up the room and your mood! It also increases energy, making it a perfect kitchen color for starting your morning off on the right food. Yellow leaves an uplifting feeling of happiness and liveliness.

Green: Green symbolizes prosperity and helps to reduce anxiety. It's one of the most restful colors for your eyes and has been reported to be restorative, mind-clearwing and encourage composure. If you're looking for a new color for your home office, green is the way to go.

Purple: Purple has always been the color to embody royalty and luxury. A deep purple can be romantic, mysterious and luxurious and is great for sparking creativity. Its rich, dramatic vibe may not be the best choice for a bedroom, but for a play room or creative space it's the way to go! For bedroom, opt for a lighter purple or lavender / lilac which is more calming.

Orange: Orange is an exciting color that emphasizes enthusiasm and energy. It's good for a home gym or exercise area. If you're looking to wind down, however, orange won't be the best choice. Orange has also been shown to stimulate appetite, so keep it out of the kitchen!

Red: Although red is associated with romance and roses, hues of red can also have the reverse affect and can raise blood pressure, heart beat and irritability. Red is great for holiday socializing. If you're looking for a less permanent solution, however, instead of painting, opt for red decor instead.

Pink: Have you heard of the "Pink Effect"? It is actually a thing! Exposure to pink calms the nerves and helps relieve feelings of anger, aggression and neglect. Pink has the opposite affect on red. Lighter pinks emphasize feelings of love, playfulness and kindness -- perfect choice for a child's room!

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