How Room Color Can Influence Mood

When choosing a paint color for a home’s interior, many people use such criteria as how appealing they find the color and whether it will clash significantly with their furnishings. However, one other important thing to think about is how color can influence us, specifically our moods. Have you ever visited a home or retail space where you found the color of the walls off-putting? Did staying in this space for extended periods make you feel downright uncomfortable and ready to leave? Imagine if you had to live in such an area and never felt relaxed or truly at home?

When choosing colors for your home, consider how colors affect your mood. A wrong choice can not only affect how you feel, it can also negatively impact such important things as productivity.

Blue

This is a very productive color, which makes it a good choice for areas such as a home office. Conversely, it also reduces blood pressure and slows respiration, perfect for rooms where the main function is relaxation, like living rooms and family rooms. Dark blues can invoke sadness, however.

Green

This is a pleasing and restful color that some people choose as the main hue for their home. It can be quite effective in a number of different locations.

Yellow

Really want to make a room bright and cheerful? Go for yellow. However, it tends not to be a good choice for the overall color scheme as it can be overwhelming to the senses. This is especially true for babies, creating the potential for them to cry excessively.

Orange

This is an exciting and energetic color, thus perfect for rooms that host a lot of physical activity, such as a workout space.

Purple

This hue is associated with creativity and restfulness. It can also bring to mind a feeling of culture and extravagance.

Red

Perhaps the least restful color, red is not a good choice as the primary color of any room. It can actually make people irritable, if they spend long periods in areas dominated by this shade.

Neutral Colors

Neutral colors, such as black, grey, brown, and white, can serve as the main focus of a space, or as something to help ground more dynamic hues.

How Often Should You Paint Your Home’s Interior?

Everyone likes their home to look fresh and inviting. A nice, new coat of paint will provide those qualities to most any space. However, painting can be quite expensive and time consuming, so most homeowners only do it when things reach the point where it is deemed absolutely necessary. Here are three factors that can contribute significantly to how often you choose to paint your home’s interiors.

Previous Work

As with anything, the amount of care and preparation performed previously are major indicators in how long a paint job will hold up. Many people about to put their house on the market will give the interior a quickie painting that looks fine for a few months. After that, the problems start to become apparent, but by then, it is likely the problem of the new owner.

This is a very good reason why you need to take your time, do thorough prep, and use high quality materials when painting your home. If not, be prepared to do it all over again after only a couple of years (or even less).

Traffic

If you live alone, chances are your walls won’t need a fresh coat for a number of years. If you have children and/or pets, the possibility of wear and damage increases considerably. While damage can occur to any room, some are more likely to be in need of painting, such as bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and hallways, because people spend more time there. Generally, these spaces should be painted every 3-4 years. If you have children who like to color on the walls, however…

Changes in Your Taste

Sometimes the deciding factor may have nothing to do with previous work or wear and tear. Some people reach a point with their home where they just need a change. This may involve adopting a brighter color scheme or a more subdued one. Also, the arrival of a baby may prompt parents to give the entire space a fresh look that compliments the addition of its new resident.