Colors at home: Paint your… mood
Relevant research has shown that painting colors greatly affect both our psychology and various bodily functions, such as digestion or blood circulation. Sounds unbelievable? A test will convince you.
Have you ever considered that your mood is directly related to the environment in which you are? And even more, how can you design every space of the house so that it creates the desired feeling every time – relaxed in the bedroom, lively and familiar in the living room, full of energy in the kitchen?
No, we will not talk to you about the bowl with the goldfish that if you place it in the upper left corner of the room next to 37 freshly cut orchids, according to Feng Shui, will bring joy and harmony to the space.
There is a much simpler, and certainly more realistic, way of shaping the spaces of the house according to the feeling we want to create. The recipe is old and tried – its roots, in fact, according to the book “The Power of Color” by Dr. Morton Walker, reach as far back as the ancient Egyptians and Indians, who used specific colors to cure various diseases. So forget what you knew about lucky horseshoes, window mirrors and weird “energy cleaners”.
The secret to a good mood – as well as energy, calm or inspiration – that you want to have the hours you spend in the house is in the “underrated” walls and the color painting you will give them – but also in them which you will choose for the general decoration of the spaces.
Relevant research has shown that colors greatly affect both our psychology and various bodily functions, such as digestion or blood circulation. Sounds unbelievable? A test will convince you.
The red of energy
According to research, the color red increases blood pressure and, consequently, our energy. It is the most suitable color for places where there is intense movement, such as the hall, the stairs, the gym or the kitchen.
However, because it can cause aggression and stress in large quantities, it is advisable to use it sparingly, only in certain parts of these areas, and to avoid it completely in rooms intended for relaxation, such as the bedroom.
A color that retains the beneficial properties of red, mitigating its negative characteristics, is terracotta.
The pink of love
The authors of the books that deal with the psychological effects of colors jokingly say that “it is almost impossible to fight in a pink room”. Indeed, the color that symbolizes friendship could only create feelings of peace, relaxation and balance.
In fact, it is believed that it relaxes the muscles and calms the spirits. However, overuse can push these effects to extremes, causing lethargy and lack of energy, while too much pink can be tiring for the eyes.
The hot orange
The preference shown by many cafes and restaurants in this particular color is not accidental. Orange is thought to activate the digestive system and whet the appetite.
If you are constantly on a diet, do not paint your kitchen orange. On the other hand, of course, if you do, you will have a very good excuse to deviate – you will say that the color of the wall is to blame and not the weakness of your character.
On the other hand, orange has only positive properties: it acts as a powerful antidepressant, increases your self-confidence, creates a feeling of warmth in the space and helps brain activity – it is therefore an ideal choice for the teen room or office. For the bedroom, prefer its softer shades, such as peach, which offers a feeling of relaxation.
The yellow of the sun
It is widely believed that sunlight has beneficial properties – which explains, in part, the fact that countries with more sunshine have lower suicide rates.
The color of the sun retains some of these beneficial properties, contributing significantly to our good mood, but also to our organization, determination and optimism.
It is also said to improve memory, provide inspiration and make us more flexible. Finally, it illuminates the room and attracts attention.
It is the perfect choice for painting rooms such as the kitchen or children’s reading area – and the most unsuitable for relaxation areas such as bedrooms.
In excessive quantities, however, it can create new materiality, to be tiring for the eyes and to make us feel uncomfortable. Dark yellow has been linked to feelings of fear, which is why it is best avoided, especially in children’s rooms.
The green of nature (and not of money)
As you may have guessed, the color of nature is the only thing that has no negative properties – beyond, perhaps, its inability to match other colors in decoration.
It offers mental and physical relaxation, a sense of security and calm, facilitates communication and is good for eyesight. In combination with coffee it creates the feeling of nature, increasing the above effects. Its light shades, such as the color of green apple, create a feeling of rejuvenation, joy and well-being.
The calm blue
The most popular “favorite color” ensures calm, relaxation and creativity, cuts the appetite – for the kitchen during diet periods, as we said before -, gives a sense of security, helps inspiration, grows and “cools” the space.
Its darker shades are the best antidote to insomnia, which is why they are often preferred in bedrooms. However, if not used in moderation, it can cause a feeling of sadness or melancholy.
The blue of the sea
The ideal choice for offices and study spaces, blue inspires and enhances creativity, calms and combats stress.
In fact, if combined with yellow, its effects are enhanced. It also opens the space and creates a feeling of coolness, like blue. Its most vibrant shades, such as turquoise, are refreshing and facilitate communication.
The imperial purple
It is no coincidence that most artists choose the color for their studios: purple intensifies creativity, reduces stress and acts as an emotional stabilizer.
Its darker shades are associated with the right hemisphere of the brain, and are said to activate imagination and intuition.
Coffee painting and earth tones
The so-called colors of the earth create feelings of stability and security, intimacy and family atmosphere – especially if combined with shades of green, bringing to mind images of nature.
They are an ideal choice for the living room and in general for places where the whole family gathers and is widely preferred in New Jersey homes.
Beware of white and black
Although traditionally symbolizing purity and cleanliness, white indoors creates a cold feeling and may evoke feelings of loneliness and isolation.
In contrast, black maximizes the effects of other colors (avoid combining it with red or orange – the result will be very aggressive), reduces the space and prevents growth and change.
The use of both colors is recommended to be limited to small, individual elements of the decoration instead of more general painting patterns.