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.

Paint Colour Psychology

room with green and white paint colours

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.

These colours also provide a sense of hope. Blue and Green are serene colours and it certainly helps to ease the pain, albeit in a small way of being in a hospital.

In a previous article regarding colour and your personality  it explains the how and why we have a preference to one colour over another.

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 for our decisions.

A reflection of our personality and outlook on life is described behind our favorite colours.  Let these be a guide to help you achieve the look and feel you want in your home,

red paint colour on wall of kitchen

Understanding Paint Colour Psychology

Have you wondered why there is a lot of red or yellow colours in restaurants and drive thru’s.

The psychology behind these colour choices is that they are both bright and cheerful, and they tend to trick our mind into making more of an impulse decision to buy.  They have the power of persuasion, and give us determination into the purchase.

There’s a certain power that comes from the choices we make in our home decor as well.

From the perfect shade of paint colours to the accessories, flooring and window treatments, we 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.

The colours we choose are a reflection of our mood and or feelings. It’s a way of identifying our creativity and personality.

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 will choose them.

If it is a DIY painting project or you hire a take a few of the  tips into consideration when choosing paint colours for any room and remember to take note of how lighting affects  the end results.

How We Choose Paint Colours For How They Make us Feel

We put together a few meanings to some of the colours and how they make us feel and perhaps why we tend to choose them as a helpful guide in incorporating the psychology method in your choices.

The Colour Gray

Gray is a calming and relaxing colour perfect backdrop to bringing a 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’s also perfect in a dining room, bathroom or bedroom.  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’s bold and beautiful without a doubt. Blues come in many different hues and shades.

The Colour Green

Green is the colour of hope.  It makes everything feel and look fresh and clean.  It’s found in the beauty of our great outdoors.  Bringing nature into our homes will give us a feel of cozy with a touch of freshness.  When you combine Green and Blue you get an atmosphere filled with a relaxing environment.

The Colour Yellow

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

The Colour Red

Red is the colour of romance.  It also says ambition, impulsiveness, persuasiveness and determination.  Although it is an ok colour to use in a dining room or basement as it provides energy, you most definitely would not want to use it in a child’s room as it would boost their energy levels to the point where you would get no sleep.

More tips and advice on things like how to paint the interior of housebuying paint, how to dispose of left over paint,  or using the right paint brush and many more painting tips can be found in a house painting blog put together by professional painters.

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