If home décor is a little out of your comfort zone, deciding what colour to paint the rooms of your house can be a little daunting, especially when your local hardware store likely stocks 107 shades of ‘white’. Typically, when choosing a colour, your first concern is how it will look and complement the rest of the room’s décor, right? But did you know that colour can affect the emotional well-being of those inside the home also?
Not only does a colour create appeal, it also helps to leverage the emotions and behaviour of those inside the room. When picking a colour for every room of the house it is important to consider the primary function of that room before deciding. If you’re unsure what colour work best where, we’ve got some tips!
Main living areas
Normally, warm tones such as reds, yellows, oranges and earthy tones work well throughout main living areas because they tend to stimulate conversation, encouraging an energizing environment for popular areas of the home. Warm tones generate a ‘warm’ space, encouraging people to sit around and talk, and therefore promoting better relationships. Finish off the area by using less saturated warm tones or cooler tones to contrast well with the lively colours.
There are no particular paint schemes that work especially well for kitchens. Typically, the kitchen is the heart of the home – the place where everyone congregates and therefore the space should put you in a good mood. This could mean a cheery yellow, cool blue, or subtle beige depending on your tastes and preferences. If you have fond memories of your childhood kitchen, it is always an idea to recreate the colour scheme in your own grown-up kitchen as it promotes the creation of further fond memories.
When it comes to dining rooms, rich, traditional colours are best suited. Think deep, rich reds or forest greens which can be a contemporary take on more traditional colours. For such a formal area of the home like the dining room, where families gather to eat or host events, an intimate atmosphere is key. This is where a bold, familiar yet formal, colour is best suited. Red is a particularly great choice because while it can stimulate conversation, it also consdierd an apatizing colour.
Bedrooms are a place where people go to relax. In this case, cool, soft tones of blues, greens and lavenders are ideal because of their calming effect. If you have children, they often like to have their say when it comes to decorating their bedrooms.
Whites and warm colours have always been a popular choice when it comes to bathrooms. This is widely due to their connotations with cleanliness and purity. If you look to your bathroom as a place to draw a bath and escape the stresses of life, consider colours like blues, greens and turquoises which give a sense of calmness and freshness – perfect for a private relaxation retreat.
Of course, colour selection is largely dependent on your home interior style. For example, if you have a nautical themed beachside home, a bright yellow or orange living area won’t compliment the style or look that you’re going for. The same can be applied to several other home styles.
In this case, it is always best to find the right colour hue via trial and error – collect some samples from your local hardware store and compare different shades to find ones that fit the mood of the room. Alternatively, you can always contact a colour consultant who will be able to suggest the right colour for particular rooms of your house based on your personal specifications.