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Paint Yourself Happier: The Psychology of Color

The Psychology of Color


Do you feel like you get the winter time blues?  Do short days and a lot of time indoors make you feel kind of blah?  Seasonal affective disorder is very real. However, the psychology of color is, too!  As we ramp up for Spring and you start your Spring cleaning and outdoor projects, it may be time to update the colors in your home as well.  Updating the interior paint in your home can do a lot for its value. It can also do a lot for your mental and emotional health.

When it comes to your home, think calm and inviting.  Let’s delve into the psychology of colors and where to use them in your home.  Colors and uses are:

Whites:   White is associated with clean (hospitals and doctors).  /  Best rooms: Bathrooms and kitchen

Blues: Blue is associated with calm and peacefulness.  /  Best rooms: Bedroom

Yellows: Happiness and excitement.  /  Best rooms: Kitchen

Pinks: Soft and sweet.  Femininity.  /  Best rooms: Bathroom

Reds: Passion and action!  /  Best rooms: Kitchen & dining room (Home gym, too)

Greens: Focus and balance.  /  Best rooms: Bedroom, bathroom, and home office.

Grays: Compromise and calm.  /  Best rooms: Living room and bedroom.

Browns: Warmth and comfort.  /  Best rooms: Living room and dens.

There is a lot of study in the area of color and how they affect us emotionally.  Color is strategically used in advertising already. Research continues to explore its effect on human mood and emotions.  As you read this blog, are you looking around at your current color choices? Clean out that winter funk and freshen up your home decor!

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