Question: I am painting several rooms in my home and I want the colors to represent each room in a unique way. What colors work best for certain rooms?
Answer: We've put together a simple guide to put you at ease while deciding on colors for your home. Colors have a huge impact on mood, and you want to be sure that the ones you pick accurately represent the purpose and value of each room.
Red: this color inspires passion! It is a complex and dynamic color in that its varying shades invoke very different emotions. For example, pink is sweet, warm and innocent but dark red is confident and dangerous. In a kitchen, red encouraged appetite. This hue will stimulate excitement. It actually raises the heart rate and encourages adrenaline production more than any other color. Red would be great in a kitchen, dining room or playroom.
Yellow: Sunshine means joy, happiness and energy, what a great color for a playroom, kitchen, bedroom or sunroom! Yellow puts people at ease and invites introverted people to feel comfortable in their surroundings. Too much yellow can look, well, corny, pardon the pun. Use yellow as an accent color or sparingly on walls. Consider striped walls, accent walls and yellow furniture.
Orange: orange takes yellow’s sunshine and red’s danger and turns it into action. Orange inspires creativity, sophistication, intellectual thinking and enthusiasm. This color encourages endurance and would be more than suitable for your office.
Blue: Blue also has some very significant psychological effects. It does the opposite of red – it inspires calmness, tranquility and relaxation; however, it is also very productive. Keep intense shades of blue out of your office, but in a bedroom or sunroom, it complements the environment.
Green: The color of the world around us. Green inspires refreshment, environmentalism, positivity and growth. Light greens symbolize new beginnings and dark greens, wisdom and relaxation. Green would be a fantastic reading room, bathroom or bedroom color because of its implications of health and vitality.
Purple: Traditionally associated with royalty, purple represents maturity and responsibility. It’s rich and dark but also comfortable for a room where you spend a great deal of time. Like the scent of lavender, purple is also calming. Purple bedrooms always have a certain sophisticated beauty about them.