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Setting the Tone: How Colors Create Emotion

Brent Lunde - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Maybe you’re thinking about renovating the home for the new year, or maybe you just want to redecorate for the upcoming spring season. Winter has the effect of causing us to look inward at our homes, and to ask ourselves how we can improve upon our living space for our mental, emotional, and even physical health.


Picking colors can be a challenge, though. So, if you’re debating with yourself about what color theme your home deserves, take a look to find out the emotional atmosphere established by these colors:



Black, white and grey should be your default selections if you want to design your home in such a way so as to keep the space flexible to different décor strategies. Neutral colors are particularly good for professional spaces… commercial properties thrive when any client, customer, or collaborator can enter the business space and feel comfortable with the environment.


Still, neutrals go through stages of popularity in domestic spaces. A room composed largely of neutral colors can be adapted in an instant with the application of the right color here or there. Want to know what affect colors have on the emotional energy of a room? Read on.


People who makes use of a largely green color scheme find that these spaces tend to take on a relaxing effect. 


The earthy combination of blue and green is comforting enough to generate notes of warmth for the beholder, but gentle enough to allow space for unwinding and decompression.


Going green is a great idea of you’re looking to renovate a room to make it more cozy.


If green is the color of calm, then blue is downright serene. There’s a reason why it feels so relaxing to lay in the grass and stare up at the blue sky… blue color tones are believed to bring down the blood pressure and encourage a slowed heart rate and respiration.


To create a space for serenity, use softer pastels as accent marks or utilize a primary theme of dark blue.


Yellow is a happy color, and a little bit can go a long way. The mind tends to associate yellow hues with sunshine, and sunshine with positivity, so selective application of a yellow accessory here, or a panel of bright trim there, can make a room feel brighter and more welcoming.


Be warned, though… yellow works best when applied with discretion. In a small space, it can expand and make the space feel larger, but it can also be intimidatingly dominant if used too heavily. So, don’t use yellow as your main color scheme, unless you want guests to feel frustrated and short-tempered.


Finally, we come to red. Red is energizing and vibrant, more so than any other color. When we see red, our brains increase the adrenaline levels pumping and stirs up excitement. In a public space, a red theme will push people together and draw them into increased social activity. In an entryway, red makes a strong impression for those entering the space.


Red is considered a visual stimulant. Just the opposite of blue, it raises the blood pressure and heightens intense emotion. But, rich reds can take on a warm, inviting hue at night and under limited lighting.



At Pro Paint NW, we’ve been providing color and paint help to the Clark County community for over a decade. That means color selection, indoor, and outdoor painting for all kinds of businesses, individuals, and families over the years. So if you need help with renovations for the new year, or any time, contact us today!


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