The Psychology of Color … As It Relates To Your Home.

What can color do for your home?  WOW!  That’s a big question…color is so important for helping set a mood or a feeling we get or want to get when we enter or use a particular room.  I see a variety of homes regularly and I hear from clients who want some advice on color…so here’s my take…(hope you see something you can use!)

Let’s start with exterior colors.  Fifteen years ago, the exterior color was 15 Shades of Taupe!  Taupe is out and deeper, richer,earthy tones are in.  Many homes can draw upon  a 3-color scheme (body, trim, accent, such as craftsman shingles) plus a single BOLD color known as the “PUNCH” color for the front door.  Black can be your “punch” color, but so can deep, rich brown or fire engine red!  Have fun with your front door!  You only get one chance to make a first impression…make it you!!

Interior colors should also be bolder than taupe.  They should accent your furnishings, be room appropriate, not hurt your eyes or your mind, but make you acquire that “Zen” feeling when you enter or encounter the room for it’s intended purpose (kitchen vs family room vs child’s room vs the master bedroom suite).  Color has a lot to do with our mood, the amount of light the room reflects and the feeling we get from our use of the room.  Let your color choices compliment or highlight your solid surfaces already in your home.  The InfoGraphic below helps depict what colors do for our mood and for our rooms.

Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to update a home and change the overall tone/feeling of a home.  I feel color enhances any home, both inside and out.  A big caveat to the overall color change is…do a quality job or hire a professional.  Worse than no color is color done without clean, crisp lines.

So jump into the color wheel and get the most out of your home, whether it’s for you or for getting your home ready for sale.  Chances are, if a color makes you feel good, it’ll make others feel good as well.

I’d love to hear from you…share your thoughts.  Does color change your quality of life?
Psychology of Color [Infographic]

Courtesy of NowSourcing, Inc

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