The Psychology Of Paint Colour

The psychology behind the paint colours we choose is that they give us a feeling of comfort, joy, serenity.   Sparked by a memory of a vacation spot, a picture of the an interior decor of a home or the tranquility of nature.

Our personalities shine through in the choices we make each day from what we will wear to the colour of the new car we will buy, we are constantly influenced by our surroundings.  A reflection of our personality and outlook on life is described behind our favorite colours.

See how the psychology behind colours can help guide you to achieve the look and feel you want in your home decor.

Paint Colour Psychology

Why do hospitals paint the walls green or blue.  The psychology of choosing paint colours in blue or green shades in hospitals is because they offer that feeling of outdoor freshness and being in touch with nature, it is believed these colours make it a more comfortable stay as blue and green also promote a sense of hope, serenity that would certainly help ease the pain especially for a hospital stay. room with green and white paint colours

Understanding Paint Colour Psychology

There’s a certain power that comes from of colours made in our home decor that can have the power of persuasion and determination.  The psychology behind the bright and cheerful red or yellow can trick the mind into a more impulsive decision.

The colours we choose are a reflection of our mood and feelings that identify our creativity and personality.  From the perfect shade of paint colours to the accessories, flooring and window treatments we tend to choose the ones that will best reflect our personality and how we want to feel each time we walk through the door and settle into any room of our house.


living room with big window and furniture painted in neutral gray paint and white gives modern look by Ottawa House Painters PG Paint & Design

Using Paint Colour Psychology In House Painting

Knowing the why we choose the colours we do can be applied to your next house painting project.  Notice on how they make you feel and why you want to choose them to update the decor in your home.  Choosing paint colours for any room when doing a DIY painting project or if you hire a does take consideration as they want to be the choice you make to live with for a few years.  Taking into consideration of how lighting affects  the way the paint colour looks at the end can guide you through choosing between the darker and lighter tones of a colour.

We put together a few meanings to some of the colours and how they make us feel as a helpful guide for incorporating colours into your home.

The Colour Gray

Gray is a calming and relaxing colour perfect backdrop to bringing an open concept family room or living room into balance.  Painting in a dark or light gray is modern yet has become a common neutral shade in house painting.  It is also perfect in a dining room, bathroom or bedroom as this colour brings balance to the interior home decor.

The Colour Blue

Blue is authoritative and successful.  Painting a focal wall in a home office, family room or even a bedroom brings an accent and splash of colour to any room.   It is bold and beautiful without a doubt in any shade or hue.

The Colour Green

Green is the colour of hope that makes everything feel and look fresh and clean.  It is found in the beauty of our great outdoors and bringing nature into our homes will give us a feel of cozy with a touch of freshness.  Combining green and blue gives an atmosphere of serene relaxation.

The Colour Yellow

Yellow is the colour of patience and tolerance.  It is said that those who love the colour yellow have a positive outlook on life in general.  Yellow brightens any room to make it the happy place in your home.

The Colour Red

Red is the colour of romance that also says ambition, impulsiveness, persuasiveness and determination.  Painting a dining room or basement in a red paint colour would promote energy but you would not want to paint any childs room, nursery or bedroom in red as it would boost their energy to the point where they and you would get no sleep.

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This post was updated on September 26, 2019 at 1:27 pm