Colors can convey a sense of style and set the tone for different moods in our homes. So it makes sense that the right shades of paint can enhance your quality of life at home. To help you select the perfect hue for every room, we share the psychology behind favorite paint colors.
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There is plenty of proof that the color pink is soothing and serene. For instance, over the last 40 years, pink detention centers having been keeping inmates calm. We think the hue is perfect for any busy space where you need to be reminded to breathe and relax. Consider creating a fun feeling by mixing pink with pastel shades of mint or pale yellow.
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For a feeling of nature and balance, green works brilliantly. Because it has a calming effect, we think any green hue from zesty to earthy can work in most spaces in your home. We are especially fond of the idea of using a spring-like shade of green to create a gender-neutral nursery.
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Victor Tirondola, the CEO and owner of Manor Works Painting, says butter yellow is an excellent color for eat-in kitchens. The hue boosts appetite while also enhancing one's energy levels. Not a morning person? Having your breakfast in a yellow kitchen can increase your enthusiasm and motivation.
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While a few recent studies cited by Frontiers in Psychology have revealed that blue light increases alertness, blue walls provide a sense of serenity and protective feelings, which makes it ideal for a master bedroom, according to New York City architect John Mochelle. Look to mix bold shades of blue with lighter tones to balance the look, such as midnight blue with sky blue.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Tara Polony, a Texas-based interior designer, shares if you are looking to make a bold, passionate statement, a bright shade of red can energize your space. In fact, according to a recent study by the Journal of Athletic Enhancement, the color can boost physical performance, which makes a red accent wall an excellent choice for home gyms.
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Think out of the box with an unexpected paint color like lilac, suggests Dee Schlotter, the color expert at PPG Paints. Unlike much darker shades of purple typically associated with sadness or frustration, lilac has an air of mystery, awakening creativity. It is an excellent color for sparking imagination in a hobby or craft room. Consider pairing it with a neutral shade such as gray or with pretty berry tones.
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Create calming vibes in your entryway with the color gray. Known as the unemotional hue, it can make one of the most hectic areas in your home feel subdued and reserved, shares New York City architect John Mochelle. "My favorite shade of gray leans toward silvery white. It illuminates entryways making them feel more lively than dead quiet."Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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"Orange is an invigorating color that lends a warm feeling to a room," says New York City architect John Mochelle. "It is ideal for core areas in your home where you entertain—think living rooms and dining rooms. Orange is also a motivational color making it equally suitable for home offices."
If painting all four walls in a room orange seems daunting, Mochelle suggests creating a single accent wall.