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How Does Paint Color Affect Mood?

by Birgit

Have you ever wondered how the color of paint on your walls can affect your mood? Or why you feel a little depressed or anxious every time you step into a certain room? Could it be the paint on your walls? Scientific research has shown that colors can either boost our mood, make us feel calm, or even trigger depressed or aggressive responses. Which prompts the question: what is the cause for these reactions?

The emotional responses we have to color – according to Psychology Today has everything to do with a color’s saturation – how pure a color is – and brightness level – how light the color seems. They go on to say that when paint color achieves the perfect balance of saturation and brightness, it can generate the types of reactions you desire when spending time in different rooms of your home. For example:

  • If you paint your walls in a less saturated, bright green color it can make you feel calmer and more relaxed, whereas
  • If you paint your walls in a very saturated, less bright blue color it can make you feel energized.

Paint Colors That Boost Your Mood

It’s important to choose colors wisely when painting the interior of your house as the shades you decide on will affect you, your family, and anyone else who spends time inside your home. The following colors tend to generate more positive responses when painted on your walls.

Warm Paint Colors

  • Yellow: Yellow is perceived as a joyful color that can generate positive, optimistic emotions. A muted yellow can be perfect for kitchen walls when you want to bring some subtle energy to the space. But beware, yellow can also stimulate your and your guests’ appetites.
  • Orange/Red: As humans, we are naturally drawn to warm colors. Orange-red hues on your walls can lend coziness to a room and make anyone who enters feel comfortable. Try a burnt orange in your dining room to create a friendly, inviting atmosphere for gathering around the dinner table.

Cool Paint Colors

  • Blue: When you paint a room blue, it can be a winner with most everyone. It’s soothing, inviting, and works incredibly well in bedrooms due to its calming effect. Look for blues that are either dark (like navy) or muted (like a gray-blue) to create a peaceful atmosphere.
  • Green: Green is also a great choice for producing positive emotions. Sage green can be tranquil and relaxing, while a darker, more saturated green can invigorate the senses. Try using a saturated, less bright green in your home office or crafting studio, or a less saturated, muted green in your bedroom.

Neutral Paint Colors

  • White: White can be a beautiful, refreshing neutral as long as the paint color isn’t too stark. Stark white paint can make people feel uneasy and anxious. If your style is more contemporary, a warm shade of white in your kitchen can create a modern, clean, and cozy feeling.
  • Black: Yes, you can paint your walls black and not feel depressed as long as you don’t paint the whole room black. Black hues are actually considered the new neutral paint colors because they go with practically everything. Consider painting black on an accent wall to add modern sophistication and relaxation to your bedroom.
  • Brown: If you want to feel content, secure, and one with nature, brown walls can be ideal in a bedroom or other main living areas.
  • Gray: Classic gray walls offer elegance and can liven up your space when they have warm undertones. Consider painting your living room walls in a shade of greige (a mixture of gray and beige) to give off a warm, inviting feeling.

Professional Interior Painting Services Can Positively Impact Your Mood

While choosing the right paint colors for your home interior can inspire positive emotions, color is just one part of the painting process. Entrusting your painting project to professionals will ensure that the best shades and sheens are chosen and your paint color lasts. Our professional interior painters offer the following services to help you stress less, relax, and enjoy your new paint colors for years to come:

  • Free Paint Color Consultations: If you need additional help deciding between a few different shades of interior paint, a professional color consultant will come to your home and help you choose colors that will positively impact your mood.
  • Free & Fast Quote: After an on-site job walk-through you will receive a written estimate outlining all the details required for a superior end result.
  • Expertise: Professional painters with 36+ years of experience are experts at what they do. This means your home interior will be painted timely using the proper painting tools and techniques with no messes on your belongings or floor. All you’ll be left with is a long-lasting, mood-boosting color on your walls.

Are you ready to boost your mood with new interior paint? Contact us today for a free interior painting quote!


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