Interior Paint Colour Choices: Their Meanings and Moods

Even as children, we were sensitive to what crayons we chose for our drawings and colouring books. Whether or not you stayed inside the lines, it really was all about the colours. Choosing them was the fun part, and it brought out our creativity.

Now that you’re all grown up and choosing paint colours for your own home, that sense of fun doesn’t have to disappear. When considering the best choices for your home’s particular style and the atmosphere you want to create, you can feel like a kid again! Colours can be symbols of many things: emotions, power, spirituality… The list is endless, but doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Read on for some basic hints to help you on your way.

How Interior Paint Colours Affect Your Mood

No question that various colours can affect your mood in different ways. Colours can have an impact on a student’s tendency to retain information, for example, or can help to calm someone who is upset or agitated. The response might differ somewhat from person to person, but there are certainly colours that have universal meaning.

Modern interior designers make colour information an elemental part of decorating and painting a house. The balance of colours and using them skillfully to highlight rooms is part of the interior designer’s expertise. Input from you, the homeowner, is what makes it all work in the end to suit your personal taste. Be informed, and know ahead of time what paint colours you like and why.

The Meaning of Warm Paint Colours

It’s advisable to choose a mixture of both warm and cool paint colours when it comes to painting a home—whether it’s the entire interior you have in mind or just certain rooms. Select a variety of tones from cool and warm palettes. Warm up to these three:

  • Red has the ability to make things appear larger and closer. It stimulates the nervous system. It also symbolizes love, strength, energy, determination and passion.
  • Orange is a combination of yellow and red, and is considered an energetic colour that brings enthusiasm, warmth and excitement to people.
  • Yellow is an attention-grabbing colour that provides comfort, liveliness and optimism. This is a good choice if you want the room to appear brighter and warmer, with a spring-like mood.

The Meaning of Cool Paint Colours

  • Violet makes objects seem farther away. Violet—and purple tones in general—are known to be the colour of royalty, and symbolize elegance, sophistication and luxury.
  • Blue makes a room appear more formal, and has a calming effect. It’s easy on the eyes and symbolizes peace and loyalty.
  • Green has the ability to lower blood pressure and relax the nervous system. It creates a feeling of freshness and well-being.

Interior Paint Colours: Rediscover Your Inner Child

Painting a house with well-chosen colours creates a chain of effects that can influence your mood for the better or worse. So be sure to choose your wall colors wisely. The best rule of thumb: be true to yourself, and the way paint colours make you feel. And don’t forget to have fun again!

Vancouver painter and contractor Peter Byrne“PETER BYRNE is the owner and hands-on manager of Kassel Painting Limited. In the last two decades he has run over 1500 painting projects totalling $5.5M. There is little that can go right (or wrong) on a job-site he has not seen, solved, and lived to talk about.”

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