Color is all around us every moment of our lives. It makes sense that every shade of every color influences us in some way. Often these influences are subconscious-we don't realize what's happening. Take a moment to think of your favorite color? Why does that color make you happy? What about it appeals to you? Does it hold emotional importance or memories? Answer the opposite questions for your least favorite color. If you aren't sure of the answer to any of these questions then you have an idea of how complex our relationship to color is.
This means that the colors in our home affect our emotions and lives everyday. If you're wondering what color to paint your bedroom, kitchen and den, listen up! Here's some suggestions for your next repaint:
1. The family room- Take note from restaurants, often you'll see yellow as shown in this picture below of a Panera Bread that we painted. Bright colors like yellow and orange, even bright greens and blues encourage communication so they would be best in an area that is welcoming and used for relationship building like the family room, or any space in the house you want to be a social area.
2. The kitchen/dining room- The most important thing aside from sleeping happens in these rooms. Preparing and eating meals is what sustains us and we want colors to help aid this process. Navy blue is a color that actually makes people less eager to communicate. This is ok knowing that meals are best eaten in silence. Avoid using gray, as it will lessen your appetite, while red can do just the opposite- but avoid if you're on a diet!
3. The bedroom- When thinking about what colors to put in each room the main focus is what the room is used for. The bedroom is where you want to be able to get a good night's sleep. You only want things that help promote that! Pastel blues and greens are ideal for this room of the house. They are soft and light for relaxation, not harsh.
4. The bathroom- white and warm hues are associated with cleanliness and people will respond best to these colors in your bathroom. It is also associated with tropical themes, anything water related, even blues or greens would be nice in the bathroom for a relaxed feel.
5. Office/ workspace- Productivity is key for this room, especially with the increase in people who work from home. Green is your best friend in this case. It helps with concentration. Hopefully you don't hate green, if so maybe try a lot of plants! Can't hurt anyway.
Bring more life into your home by adding these colors in a smart, thoughtful way. There are many more resources for color psychology. Check our Pinterest boards for a list of colors!
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.