When it comes time to freshen up the color schemes in your home, you may feel overwhelmed or out of your element. You scroll through Pinterest for hours searching for inspiration, but nothing seems to fit your space or style. One way to make choosing paint colors easier is to research how colors affect your mood, also known as color psychology. Below are some helpful insights for the colors that might work best in different areas of your home based on the emotions they evoke.
Living Room (Green)
The living room should be a vibrant space for both entertaining and relaxing. Green encompasses both of these qualities while creating a fresh and harmonious atmosphere. Emerald or forest green furnishings can help create a mid century modern design, especially when balanced with raw wood pieces and brushed gold decor. Or use lighter tones like lime or mint for a bright and modern statement in curtains, rugs, and accessories. Green hues can also be brought into a space using live plants that have the added benefit of purifying the air in your home.
Dining Room (Red)
Because families tend to gather around the table, you will want a warm, inviting atmosphere in your dining room. Red is a bold tone that exudes warmth, joy, and symbolizes friendship. Tying red into a space can be challenging, especially when balancing its powerful qualities. Use lighter toned dining sets as a backdrop for bright red place settings, tablescapes and centerpieces. Introduce red decor pieces and art for more subtlety, or craft red cushions in a durable fabric to create unique and comfortable seating for guests.
With home spas becoming more commonplace and a great upgrade for any bathroom, you’ll want to surround yourself in a calming, tranquil color scheme. Blue is the perfect color to ease your mind with its ability to help you unwind from the day’s stress. Introduce light blues into your bathroom with silver accents and white fixtures for a soothing space that mimics a clear sky. Or use dark blues inspired by the ocean, and complement them with dark stained wood and white fixtures with gold accents for a hint of shine. This creates a modern, tranquil, nautical theme that brings the calming effect of the sea into your home.
A bedroom should be a relaxing, elegant retreat for a good night’s rest. Combining the tranquil qualities of blue, and the boldness of reds, purple complements any bedroom space. Use darker hues for a more regal and classic design through bedding, curtains, or rugs, against dark stained dressers and bed frames. Hang an intricate lighting fixture for additional elegance, or use lighter purple tones for a modern and peaceful atmosphere. Tie in fresh lilacs or other purple hued plants, or bedding accessories and wall decor, to bring this soft hue into your bedroom space.
An office space is a great area in the home to get creative with color, so we suggest going bold and incorporating black. This mysterious, elegant classic is more versatile than most would think. Paint one black accent wall opposing three white walls for contrast and use bright colors like yellow, red, or lighter purples for an added pop of color. Desks, chairs and bookshelves are another great way to tie this statement color into your creative space. Black can become overwhelming and evoke a sense of fear if used excessively, though, so use it sparingly in decor pieces or accent walls, and balance it with lighter neutral shades like white, gray or concrete.