Painting Your Home: The Psychology of Color

painting your home the psychology of color
Whether you’re looking to sell your home or buying a new home, painting may be in your future. If you’re selling your house and looking to get the most money it, putting a fresh coat of paint on it, can not only increase the value; but help sway potential buyers to choose your home over similar homes. If you’re buying a home, you may want to create the ideal living space for you and your family – and colors (or paint) can dramatically help you in this endeavor.

Experts of color psychology believe that the colors you use to decorate your home can have a dramatic effect on the emotional well-being of you, your family and your guests. First you should consider the primary function of each room and what you’re trying to accomplish.

If your home is small, you can create the illusion of a bigger space with bright colors: If you want your home to look larger than it really is, especially if you are planning to sell your house, you can use bright and vibrant colors like yellows and eggshell to add space to its exterior. It is not recommended to use white; however, as tinted colors are much more effective and will look newer longer (white shows dirt much more quickly).

Is it cold outside? You can warm up your home with deep tones; such as, reds, oranges and yellows. It will seem more inviting on the exterior and warmer inside. Keep this in mind if you’re planning to sell your home in the winter.  Here in Metro Orlando, it’s usually hot! If you’re planning to sell your home in the summer, use colder colors to “cool off”. Cool colors, such as blue, can help make your home appear cooler and cleaner during our hot summer months.

Want to wow your guests when they enter your home? Combine exterior and interior paint colors in the foyer or entryway.

Lacking motivation? Yellow inspires optimism. Yellow is a great color to use in your entryway, sunroom or front porch. Painting these areas yellow will give you a boost of optimism as you leave the house for your daily grind.

Warm tones like red, yellow, or orange and earthy tones like brown and beige work well in the living room because these colors are known to stimulate conversation. Using these colors help you to make connections with people, as they feel the warmth.

Many color consultants recommend using colors from your past, especially in the kitchen. If you have fond memories from your childhood, using the same colors can bring those memories back and create a pleasing mood. Don’t remember any colors from your past kitchens? Shades of red and yellow are great choices for a playful, yet sophisticated kitchen. Red has also been shown to build appetites in most people, so be careful if you’re watching your weight – and don’t go overboard! Painting every wall red may be too much. Consider painting the walls beige and accenting the shutters or cabinet doors in red.

Red can also work well in the dining room, as it is stimulating which can help encourage conversation and increase appetite (a good choice if you’re not a great cook)!

It is also important to note, however, that red has been known to raise blood pressure and increase irritability, so you may want to stay away from red if you already have high blood pressure or want to relax.

Relaxing colors should be used in rooms you want to relax in, like the bedroom or bathroom. Using cool colors such as blues, greens and lavenders are great choices, as they are known to be calming. Also, the darker the hue, the more apparent the effect.

If you have a child with asthma, consider orange. Orange is often associated with increasing energy and improving lung function.

What if your kid has a paint color in mind? You may want to let them decide to maintain a happy home. After all, it is their room. That is unless you know you are going to sell your home in the near future and don’t want to have to repaint several months later.

Have a workout room? It’s true, reds and oranges are known to stimulate and help you move, but this can also make you feel hotter.  Because of this, blue-greens or yellow-greens may be better choices, as they are known to be happier – and we all know, working out can be a daunting task.

Work from home? The colors you choose for your home office can help with productivity. Green is recommended as it is the color known to increase concentration. It is one of the best choices if you will be spending a lot of time in your office.

Pink is known for its tranquility. This is a great color choice for a baby girl’s room or a meditation space in your home.

As you can see, there are a lot of suggestions and while science and color experts can make useful generalizations and suggestions, it is important to remember that psychological responses are deeply personal. If you feel differently about a color based on your own personal preferences, then that’s fine, if you’re happy, then your brain is happy too!

All my best,
Kelly M Foster Realtor Orlando Saint Cloud Kissimmee
Kelly Foster, Licensed Realtor
Florida Realty Investments
321-946-1004 – Direct
Serving: Orange, Osceola, Lake, Polk and Seminole County

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