Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or simply mix things up, new paint can evoke mountains of change. The hassle of picking out the best color for you and your guests can be simplified with a little information and know how. Choosing a color, or hue, as they are called in the design world, can seem overly complicated. What color is appropriate for each room? Do I need to worry about the finish? What if it looks terrible after all the prep and priming? Luckily, there are a few factors which may lead you to calm blue seas from the comfort of your couch. The paint on your walls is more than what meets the eye.
The mind’s response to each color can greatly affect the mood of the home’s inhabitants, potential buyers, and guests. To get started you’ll want to decide which mood you are leaning towards. For instance, are you going for a child’s play room that incites a social and stimulating environment or maybe a more calming and restful space for your son or daughter to unwind? Do you envision your bedroom as a restful soothing oasis set aside for recharging or do you have a more dramatic and intimate setting in mind to foster romance with a loved one? This first step is crucial to finding the right hue for you and may also keep your decisions to a minimum. To simplify your search a quick brush up on the mood that can be set by your palette is essential:
- Red- Conjures a mood of passion, power, and ego
- Yellow-Brings to light an idea of the sun, intellectualism and innocent happiness
- Orange- Perfect for a stimulating and enthusiastic setting; shown to increase oxygen supply to the brain and having an energizing effect
- Gold- A look of luxury, awakens an Old World feel, desire and satisfaction
- Blue- The world’s most popular color, a calming reminder of the open sky or an ocean expanse
- Turquoise- This more electric and lucid member of the blue family, this hue can feel opulent or mystic
- Purple-Headstrong and unique, brings to mind royalty and clairvoyance
- Pink- Ideal for either an innocent and playful look that can also evoke gentle youth or garishness as an accent
- Black- A formal choice, black elicits a glamorous, orderly, or timeless appeal
- White-An association of purity and cleanliness with an invitation similar to clean white linens
- Gray-Versatile enough to feel cool or warm, a feeling of wisdom and solidarity will flow across your space
- Brown-For rest, recovery or a cozy feel, this protective hue may be what you are after
Remember that lighting in your space with also alter the appearance of your new hue. Natural lighting will provide the truest color while incandescent lighting can bring out warm tones and yellows. If your space is lit with florescent lighting you may want to account for the blue tone that will be cast onto your paint.
If splashing your wall with color is still overwhelming you can utilize a neutral and accent with colorful pillows or area rugs. Making sure your color concept flows when walking room to room will keep your changes complementary. If multiple colors seem too hectic try using different finishes of the same hue to create alternative looks. The possibilities are endless!
Which hue is for you?