Home Staging New York: Paint Colors Can Affect Your Perception and Your Mood

Did you realize that over 90 percent of the information we receive is through our eyes?  Did you know that the paint color of a room can affect your perception of that room?   

  • RED makes a room appear smaller, but it comes into its own when set against cool colors (blue and green). 
  • ORANGE also makes a room appear smaller but it is less oppressive than red.  Best used to decorate welcoming parts of the home.
  • YELLOW can brighten small rooms, however a bright yellow is not recommended for children’s rooms as it has a vibrating intensity.
  • GREEN does well when used with contrasting colors or several shades of green, rather than all one shade.  It is a good color for a bedroom as it promotes relaxation.
  • BLUE that is pale will make a space feel light and airy. Darker tones make the space more relaxing, as in a bedroom, but if too dark, it can make the room depressing. Bright blues are good for children’s rooms.
  • VIOLET or PURPLE should be used sparingly to maintain its effect of mystery, elegance and luxury.
  • WHITE used on all walls can be stark, cold and reflects too much light and glare.  It is best to use an off-white, pale cream or beige. 
Did you realize that color can also drastically affect your mood? 
  • RED stimulates our appetite and energizes us.
  • ORANGE inspires fun and laughter and lifts the spirit.
  • YELLOW stimulates and energizes the mind, benefits our memories, and maintains our positive frame of mind.
  • GREEN makes us feel tranquil, relaxed and rested.
  • BLUE calms us, helps us meditate, and fosters clear thinking.
  • VIOLET or PURPLE stimulates our senses and minds, promotes creativity and romance, but also can sedate us.
  • WHITE used on all walls can overstimulate the nervous system, making us feel tired and irritable.

Do you have any experiences of how paint color changed your perception of a room or your mood?

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