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5 Suggestions to Repaint Spaces to Improve Mood
By Tali Wee of Zillow
A colorfully painted room can have a dramatic effect on a person’s mood and energy level, yet no single color is universally accepted as happy or sad, positive or negative, exciting or depressing. Colors are perceived differently by individuals based on experiences, culture, religion and personal preference.
Some reactions to boldly painted rooms are so strong that some potential buyers opt out of making offers based on a single wildly painted room. For this reason, home sellers are instructed to paint their homes neutrally to appeal to most home shoppers. Once a home is purchased, the owner should follow these five suggestions to select the perfect paint on the first attempt.
Despite the subjectivity of each color’s effect on mood, there are some widely accepted ideas of particular hues and painting methods for rooms that set an encouraging tone.
1. Paint Warm Hues
For starters, it’s common for the color yellow to inspire a feeling of joy. Yellow is bright, allowing light to reflect off the walls making a room appear larger. The color is often associated with the sun, which is relative to cheery summer days, so it’s no surprise yellow is a stimulating color. Other warm hues such as red and orange can also improve the moods of residents by creating a comfortable vibe. Red is typically related to passion, and holistic medicine theorizes it as a stimulant of both body and mind. Red can be too bold or overwhelming for an entire room, so consider painting only an accent wall. A softer version of red is orange, which comes in numerous hues and tones. Because orange is less frequently selected, it’s perceived as moderately edgy and the range of shades allow it to represent a playful and invigorating space or a sophisticated and inviting room.
2. Paint Some Cool Hues
Cooler hues such as blue and green usually cause a calming effect. For homeowners with more stressful lifestyles, try painting a room a shade of blue. It’s known to create a soothing vibe, associated with natural scenes of watching clouds in the sky and the peaceful sound of listening to water in motion. Blue is a bold color and comes in numerous shades which very in their impact of strength versus coolness. Also relevant to nature, green is a calming color known to improve mood. Healthy vegetables, thriving plants and money are green. The many shades of green can encourage luck, inspire balance and create a feeling of youthful freshness.
3. Stick to Lighter Tones
Painters should stick to lighter tones of yellow, red, orange, blue or green. Bold or dark colors have a tendency to make a room appear smaller and more confined. Some darker tones can become so dramatic that the dominate feeling of the space becomes overpowering. Again, accent walls are the exception which allows residents to incorporate darker shades in small doses. Otherwise, always select paint one or two steps lighter than the ideal swatch. When the color is spread over an entire wall it absorbs more light and appears bolder.
4. Incorporate Flair
Just as the best paint color is subjective, so is the combination of color and design. Homeowners who adore the popular patterns of chevron, quatrefoil, polka dots, strips or murals should incorporate an accent wall of their favorite style. Purchase a painting stencil or wallpaper to add a bit of invigorating flair. Some homeowners like their rooms to flow into each other with one consistent color, while others prefer to have each room in its own hue. Adding personality to the space can make the room feel comfortable. It’s important that the people living in the space consider their natural reactions to the colors. Don’t be afraid to personalize the sleek walls with character.
5. Whiten the Ceiling
Lastly, one way to improve mood is to make the room feel more spacious. Painting the ceiling white makes the ceiling appear higher up than it is. Try the simple trick to open up spaces, which is especially refreshing in smaller rooms.
In addition to the universally accepted forms of improving moods, such as exercise and laughter, home owners should consider switching up the color of their walls to inspire lifted attitudes. Select a warm or cool hue to naturally lift spirits, add a little personality and pop the ceiling with some classic white paint.