06 Feb Colors and the Happiness Behind Them
Here we are, just three months away from the birth of our second baby. A couple days ago my wife was talking about choosing a theme or color scheme we should use for the baby’s bedding and décor. She had mentioned wanting to make sure we use a calming color. So, obviously, being a paint contractor I’ve learned quite a bit about colors and how they can play a big part in your mood. Colors can make you feel a variety of emotions. It got me thinking, I would like to give a little insight about what I have learned about the importance of colors for your mood, as well as what type of “vibe” you would like your room or house to have.
When it comes to choosing a color, the options are practically endless. However, I want to discuss a few colors and how they can make you feel various emotions.
Neutrals, such as browns, whites and greys: This is usually what clients go for, because they can be so versatile and can add splashes of color with their décor.
Red/crimson: People usually want their homes to be a nice and peaceful area to spend their time. However, choosing red will do just the opposite. Red is a very lively hue and makes a strong first impression. That is why many restaurants choose this color. If you are someone who just loves the color red, including it in your entryway might not be a bad choice because not a lot of time is spent there, yet it gives off exciting energy. More commonly too much red will cause adrenaline to pump and cause a person to become irritable and possibly feel rage if they are surrounded by it.
Yellow: While yellow can “too bright” for some home owners, there are many different shades, so you aren’t forced to choose something too vivid. Yellow is an excellent choice to create a happy, open and welcoming place. It is an uplifting color and can make a great choice for many rooms. For kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and hallways yellow will be inviting and makes the area seem more open. However, for bedrooms and living rooms, yellow isn’t a great option when it is the main focus. Too much yellow can actually cause a person to feel irritable. Oddly enough, yellow is one color to stay away from when painting a nursery. Even pale yellow hues will cause frustration and we all know that’s something to stay away from with new babies.
Orange: As with yellow, orange is very energizing and brings exhilaration. If a bedroom were to be painted this color, it would cause issues with relaxing and unwinding at the end of the day. However, because of the high energy of the color orange, it would be a great option for a game room, exercise room, or something of that nature.
Green: For your bedroom, or a room that you plan to relax in, green is an excellent choice. It is known to be a stress reducing color and bring a soothing effect. This is because green is the color of nature and makes people feel generally refreshed. Because green is also warming it brings a pleasant feeling to the kitchen or dining room. It helps you wind down and encourage comfort, which is exactly what most people wish to achieve in a place they spend so much time.
Blue: Blue is often recommended for bedrooms. Much like green, it brings a soothing and serene effect. It is said that the color blue slows respiration rate and reduces blood pressure. My wife told me once, that in her junior high, there was a room called “The Blue Room” and it was in fact painted blue. It was the room that students were sent to when they got in trouble and it was used as a place for them to calm down before coming back to class. Makes sense to me. Anyways, if you choose this color, it might be best to go with softer hues to evoke relaxation. Dark and gloomy shades will often make you feel sadness and melancholy.
Purple: This can be a wonderful choice, and it’s similar to the blue family. Light shades, such as lavender and lilac create a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Dark shades do not evoke sadness but they do bring the room a bit of a luxurious and elegant feeling, which with the room theme is a great idea.
Honestly, there is much more to color than meets the eye and that should be considered when choosing a paint color to surround oneself with on a daily basis. Like I said, colors are basically endless because there are so many shades and combinations. You obviously want the color to represent you and your personality, so that should be a key factor in your decision. And now that you know a little more how colors can affect your mood, it might be good to consider exactly the type of emotion and sensations you want promoted in your space.