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How Interior Paint Colours Can Affect Your Mood

Do you want your home to feel refreshing, joyful, or relaxing? No matter your vibe, there’s an emotion-evoking paint colour to match.

Why Do Interior Paint Colours Affect Your Mood?

Studies have shown that colours directly affect our thoughts and emotions. Although the cause hasn’t been entirely determined, psychologists believe it may relate to survival instincts. In nature, colour can indicate things we should avoid, the things we can eat, and the places we can rest. So really, the effects we feel when we view colour make a heap of sense.

Here’s how you can make the most of this phenomenon in your home.

Warmer Hues

Warm hues are generally associated with strong emotions, like love, anger, and passion.

Red paint elicits attention—it can lift the energy level of a room, and evoke passion, anger, and power. Red will always make a big impression no matter the room you choose.

Best for: entrywaysdining rooms.

Orange paint leads to feelings of excitement and energy. For spaces where motivation and commitment are key, orange paint is your best bet.

Best for: at-home gyms, playroomsgyms.

Yellow paint is synonymous with happiness, bright florals, and summer sun. If you want your family/guests to feel cheerful in your home, choose yellow.

Best for: loungerooms,kitchensbathrooms.

Cooler Hues

Cool hues usually relax us, lowering blood pressure and slowing our heart rate.

Green paint is relaxing, relieves stress, and calms our mind. This is likely due to the organic nature of green, reminding us of lush forests and tall trees.

Best for: bedroomsliving rooms.

Blue paint reminds us of the ocean and the sky, invoking tranquillity and hope. However, deep dark blue can have a negative effect on our emotions, triggering feelings of sadness. So, opt for a warm, bright blue for good vibes.

Best for: bedroomsbathroomsspas.

Purple paint encourages intrigue and curiosity, while presenting sophistication. Lighter purple hues are great for relaxation, whereas darker hues may stimulate conversation.

Best for: officesdining roomsbedrooms.

Neutral Tones

Neutral tones are fantastic ‘all-rounders’. Most neutral paint colours can be utilised in any room of the house.

Brown paint is fantastic for comfort and security, likely due to the colour’s natural origin. If you’re going for a cosy feel, brown paint is the way.

Best for: any room.

White paint is refreshing and uplifting. Choose a slightly warmer shade of white, like eggshell for best results, as stark white can feel slightly clinical.

Best for: any room.

Black paint works best as an accent, increasing clear-headedness and relaxation. However, too much black paint can be overwhelming.

Best for: any room.

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