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Home décor is often viewed as simply a matter of aesthetics — what looks attractive. But proponents of colour psychology believe that the colors you use to decorate your home can have a profound effect on the emotional well-being of you and your family.
“colour is a universal, nonverbal language, and we all intuitively know how to speak it,” says Leslie Harrington, a colour consultant in Old Greenwich, Conn. and a noted expert on the use of colour in residential and industrial décor. “What colour you paint your wall isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. It’s a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behaviour.”
If you like the idea of using colour to create an emotionally healthy home, colour consultants say you should first consider the primary function of each room. Next, pick a predominant colour. Although it can’t be proven scientifically, colour consultants say some hues work better than others at encouraging certain activities. Need ideas? Here’s a room-by-room rundown of the colors believed to work best in each of the most important rooms of your home, and the moods they create.
Living room and foyer paint colors. Warm tones like reds, yellows, and oranges, and earth tones like brown and beige often work well in both the living room and foyer, because they’re though to stimulate conversation. “These are colors that encourage people to sit around and talk,”
Kitchen paint colors. colour consultants say that if you have fond memories of spending time in the kitchen when you were a kid, it might make sense to recreate the colour scheme in your grown-up kitchen. “If you grew up in a blue-and-white kitchen and have great memories, blue and white may be the best colors for you and your family,” says Smith.
If there’s no particular paint scheme you remember fondly, reds and yellows can be great colors in the kitchen as well as in the living room and foyer. But watch out if you’re watching your weight: in addition to stimulating conversation, colour consultants say that red may prompt you to eat more, if only subtly. “If you’re on a diet, you might want to keep red out of the kitchen,” Harrington says, adding that the restaurant industry has long recognized the appetite-stimulating power of red décor.
Dining room paint colors. Because it’s stimulating, red décor can be great for a formal dining room. In addition to encouraging conversation, it whets the appetites of your guests. “If your dining room is red, people may think you are a better cook,” says Harrington.
Bedroom paint colors. The bedroom is where you go to relax and reconnect with your partner. Cool colors — blues, greens and lavenders — can be great choices here, because they are thought to have a calming effect. The darker the hue, the more pronounced the effect is believed to be. “Reds tend to increase blood pressure and heart rate and stimulate activity,” says Harrington. “Blue does just the opposite. That’s why we think of it as calming.”