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Most people recognize that paint colors can have a dramatic effect on their mood. For instance, you may recall going to a friend or loved one’s house and seeing a room that was particularly striking. While a prized knick-knack or cool painting may have contributed to that feeling, the chosen paint color provides the framework to generate those positive emotions. While colors such as bright reds are fairly unwelcoming on sight when seeking rest, there are certain colors that have hidden psychological benefits and connotations. Thinking of updating an interior? Check out some of the unexpected possibilities with some interior colors to create the right kind of household vibe.
Recognized as one of the most active and energetic colors; orange is ideal for an exercise or game room that may need an extra boost in order to breathe life into the space. It can bring out all the positive emotions necessary to get in a nice home workout, or nurture a social environment during an intense game of pool. Afraid it may be overwhelming? Use orange as an accent wall to try it on!
Various dark shades of purple are commonly associated with being luxurious, which is nice for those who want to amp up a room to make it more comfortable. Various shades prove to serve as a great alternative to darker blues (which may actually make a room seem chilly and uninviting). But there are more uses than simply just encouraging relaxation. Violet is a color that stimulates the problem solving areas of the brain, striking a balance between intuition and artistic ability. These characteristics make violet ideal to add to a home office, if only as an accent color to make it feel less like a corporate workspace.
As I mentioned earlier, various types of red can be tricky to use, as they may subtle attribute to feelings of unrest when used in closed spaces like bedrooms. However, it can have a dramatically different result when placed in areas for gathering. Crimson is ideal for dining rooms because it has been known to stimulate appetite as well as conversation.
These colors all operate within the safety net of versatility for those concerned about the longevity of their personal taste. Gray, black, brown and white all have the ability to add visual notes or depth to a room depending how they are used. I generally encourage people to choose a neutral other than stark white, because of that particular color’s ability to be somewhat impersonal. Although some may be curious yet reluctant regarding the more adventurous colors above,
Ultimately, personal preference is the deciding factor when determining a color. Keep in mind that some people respond to colors differently, so let intuition lead the way when picking new interior colors and have fun.