Nievelyn Cruz, Negosentro | There are several different reasons which make us choose certain colors when painting our rooms. Some of us look up the popular colors, others have seen certain colors in action and want them in their homes, whereas there are those who simply feel good about specific colors and want to be surrounded by them. Not looking at the different hues but the original base color, here is a list of some of the most commonly used colors in our homes and their effects on our psyche.
People used to paint their homes in order to keep them clean. Whitewash was the commonly used type of paint at the time and most houses were painted white. White is still and always will be the color of clean and fresh. You can use it to both open up space and your thoughts. It is meant to help you think clearly. White is an excellent connecting tissue you can use for a background in case you are trying to fit several different colors in one room and is a universal ceiling color used to make the room seem taller and not claustrophobic.
This is your conversation starter! Apparently, people tend to get more energized and chattier when found within red walls. We all know that it is the color of passion and passion can go both ways, good and bad, so the suggestion is to go for richer and warmer hues of the color in order to avoid aggression and evoke the sense of luxury and thus confidence. It will raise your heart rate, blood pressure and speed up your metabolism. As it famously increases appetite, it is popular in kitchens and dining rooms.
Depending on the hue, it can be used in various ways. A very light lavender can be found on all 4 walls but a dark ink purple works better on an accent wall. All hues of purple have one thing in common, they spar creativity and imagination. Deep purples are luxurious, mysterious and romantic whereas light purples are more calming and are said to be good for relaxation and meditation. The color apparently helps potassium and sodium levels in the body and thus enhances bone growth.
This is a cool color which best works in bathrooms and bedrooms. It reminds us of a blue sky or a water surface and helps us calm and unwind, it helps slow down the heart rate and everything else that goes with it. According to a research, dark hues of the color can trigger melancholy and sadness. This is another stimulating color so if you want to work from home, do it in a blue room.
According to Colour Life painters, grey is a neutral color which is pretty much taking over from white. The beauty of the grey is that its hues can offer us as much freshness as white, and as much intensity as dark purple. The color can fit all purposes. When combined with blue, it can fall into the picture of the sky and the water, as well as the blue itself, and have a calming effect. It can be mixed with green and orange to remind us that we are one with nature and to make us feel safe and confident to explore.
Even though pink is basically a washed-out red, it has nothing to do with its passionate reputation. This is one of the soothing colors used to relax and lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Pink is a very safe choice for any room in your house including the living room where it is most commonly found. Pink is a color of all that’s feminine and thus it is a popular choice for girly nurseries.
If this is too much to remember, use cool lighter hues to find peace and inspiration and deep warm ones for passion, adrenalin, and social stimulation. Make sure you do not mix them up as you will most likely have to wait the entire year to fix it. In the meantime, use colorful decorative details to balance out the room’s energy and have it work to your advantage until the next paint job.