What Do Your Wall Colors Say About you

Wall paint is something that a lot of folks take for granted. When the current layer of paint gets shabby and worn you just put on a new coat of paint and be done with it, right?
Well, that may work for some of you, but others will notice that, just like any other object in your home, or the way you dress, or the way you cut your hair, colors of your walls also send a message about you. Moreover, the colors in your living space can have a significant effect on your mood, both positive and negative. While some colors are perfect for rest and relaxation, others are very stimulating and tend to excite the senses.In the following lines we will analyze the effects certain colors can have in different areas of your home. Hopefully it will help you with your choice of new wall color, and perhaps we might even learn something about ourselves along the way.
Wall ColorsBLUE
This one is classic! Blue wall paint is synonymous with calm and tranquillity, and therefore is an excellent choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. It is also a popular choice for living rooms, since it blends easily with other classic colors usually found in carpeting and furniture. However, the use of blue requires a certain amount of caution, because a wrong shade can have an effect opposite to what you were trying to achieve.
As a general rule, for the relaxing effect you should go for brighter, lighter shades of blue, especially in the rooms without much natural light. Deeper shades of blue tend to evoke sadness and melancholy, and making them your primary wall color can turn you into a sourpuss.  On the other side, deep blue can give your living room a lavish, elegant feel (especially in interaction with natural sunlight), but make sure you counter it with brighter, warmer tones of furniture or carpeting.
You really can’t go wrong with green. Just a slightly different hue can transform it from calming and relaxing to lively and engaging, making it suitable for pretty much any room in your home. For a relaxing effect you’d want in a bedroom you should go with a more subdued, but not too deep of a shade – olive green fits the description perfectly. Livelier shades of green are a nice fit for any other room in your home, from kitchen to kids’ room. In your living room, it can make magic in its interplay with sunlight, while a smart use of home lighting can make a room feel intimate, yet warm and lively. Just make sure you choose the right hue, because too pale of a green – as with most other colors – can make a room feel sickly and sterile.
This is where things get interesting! Red is a very effective and engaging color. It has a stimulating, energizing effect, which makes it excellent for communal spaces in your home like your dining room or your living room. Its quality of strength also makes it a very good choice for hallways and entryways, if you’re looking to make a strong impression and show some character. Due to its overt stimulating effect it is not a common choice for bedrooms, where a more relaxing atmosphere is preferred, but a smartly laced lamplight can give it a warm and intimate quality. Crimson red has shown to have an irritating effect after extended periods of time, so you should probably avoid that shade unless you’re going for a specific atmosphere.YELLOW
The color of sunlight, yellow is bright and cheerful. It is a happy color that puts the beholder in a good mood, making it perfect for the dining room, the kitchen or the bathroom. It can also add a touch of warmth to small and narrow spaces like hallways or smaller rooms. However, it is not the best choice for your main living area, because it tends to make people irritable when exposed to it for longer stretches of time. Make sure you keep the function of the room in your mind when applying yellow.

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These are your basic, run-of-the-mill colors used in pretty much every apartment – black, white, gray and brown. These colors are classic because they tend to blend with any surrounding, and they are best used in contrast with the other elements to add or subtract brightness to the room. However, they can often have a bland, impersonal effect. White is still the most popular choice for ceilings, even though all-white rooms are not in vogue at the moment. Black is mainly used for accents, and is a popular choice for corners and edges because it gives the room definition and depth.

If you really want to show some character and personality, you could go with more unusual choices like orange or purple. However, you should choose wisely, because the peculiarity and the striking character of these colors make it easy to slip. The right shade of purple can add a touch of class to your room, while orange can easily brighten things up and add some cheer to your living space. Excessive use of these colors, on the other hand, can make a room seem like the work of a mad painter gone wild. Pink also gets an honorable mention, because it is a wildly popular choice for kids’ rooms, but rarely used in other living areas, except for small details.

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Now that we have you informed and prepared, get busy giving your home some much needed refreshments. Keep in mind that for the best effect and the smartest choice you should either consult or hire a painting professional. Don’t be afraid to let your spirit shine and enjoy the new glow of your living space.

Jenny Hahn is a travelling freelance writer based in Sydney, Australia. You can find Jenny on Facebook, Google+ or twitter.

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