The hues we choose for the rooms in our homes can do more than just reflect a sense of style or follow through with a color palette; they also have a hand in determining our moods. After your flooring and furnishings are in place, choose the color that matches and works with what you want for the focal point of the room.  If you have color intensity in your fabrics, you will want a more muted hue on the walls. Don't be afraid to go bold though, 60% of color in a space comes from the walls.

It is a good idea to test out your adventure in color by painting a 4' by 4' swath in a primary vision line and see what experience it lends in daylight and artificial light. If the color is too strong, then ask for a "half strength" to lighten it. Consider having an accent wall if you want more color drama. What kind of mood will a color evoke?

Blues. A blue room won’t make you feel “blue.” Instead, blue promotes feelings of peace, serenity and overall well-being. Pale or muted shades are great for bedrooms, reading nooks or any space where you go to de-stress.

Greens. Greens mimic the grounded energy of nature and tend to set people at ease. Like blue, green helps the mind unwind, but unlike blue, it packs a punch as an unexpected and refreshing choice.

Whites. Think eggshell is too bland for your sensibilities? Think again. White paint “opens up” even the smallest rooms so you and your guests never feel cramped in a tight space.

Browns. The ultimate earthy option, brown tends to make people feel safe. Light browns offer a wholesome air, while dark browns imply a more stately and conservative demeanor. Pair with the aforementioned green and feel close to your roots.

Reds. Everyone loves a red room; maybe that’s because red tends to evoke passion and excitement. Red hues are ideal for kitchens, dining rooms and other spaces that call for a warm social energy. Conversely, red should generally be avoided in bedrooms and spaces that call for a sense of calm.

Yellows. Bright, sunny and bold, yellow brings out a spirit of optimism. A little yellow goes a long way, however, so maybe reserve it for an accent wall or opt for a light, unobtrusive shade.

These are just some simple suggestions based on color psychology, but painting a room your favorite color (regardless of the psychology) is likely to make you happy no matter what.


...they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  Acts 17:11

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