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How Color Impacts A Room’s Energy

Think the color on your walls and the way you feel aren’t linked? Think again. It’s a scientific fact that color affects mood. That’s why you’ll hear phrases like “feeling blue” or “green with envy” again and again.

While choosing one color won’t automatically send you’re attitude into a tailspin, it can play an important part in how you approach your day. To bring out the personality of your room, keep these tips in mind.

How Color Impacts A Room’s EnergyWhen it comes to color, everything is about balance. If you love one color, you can combine it with other colors to evoke different moods. For example, red is an aggressive color; yet pink has been proven to reduce aggressiveness.

Colors are either warm or cool. Warm colors are located on one side of the color wheel, cool colors are on the opposite side. Warm shades have rich undertones in reds, yellows and oranges. Cool shades include purples, blues and greens. While warm tones are radiant and cozy, cool shades have a calming effect. Warm shades make rooms appear smaller and more intimate, cooler shades make a room appear larger.

Why Interior Wall Color Is Important

Neutral colors are the non-colors – white, gray and black. They typically can have either a warm or cool undertone, and can play an important role in bringing out additional colors you select for a room.

Primary colors when used together can bring back memories of school days (not necessarily good memories for some people). Therefore use them sparingly when placed together. Alone, blue is a popular choice for bedrooms because it soothes and relaxes. It can also be the perfect color for bathrooms, offices or study rooms where you need to have focus and attention. Reds show passion and energy, and can stimulate appetites and conversations. Which is why you’ll find reds in many kitchens and dining rooms. Yellows bring out cheerfulness and energy. It’s a great choice for ceiling color, and reflects light, making it the perfect choice for poorly lit rooms.

Secondary colors are created by mixing together to primary colors. Green – blue and yellow – can be very refreshing and calming. Many people feel at home with green, so it’s a choice you’ll find in every room in the home. Orange – red and yellow – is good as an accent color but comes off often overbearingly when used alone. Purple – red and blue – gives off a contemporary and sophisticated vibe. Historically, purple is a color of royalty, which is why you’ll find it in many places where people want to show their regal side.

Tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors together. think red-violet, yellow-orange, or blue-green. Tertiary colors are where you’ll find most interior pain selections.

Neutrals can take on a variety of characteristics depending on what they are paired with. Black works best as an accent color, providing dignity and sophistication. Brown brings security and safety into play. Gray is one of the most popular neutrals, because many colors are created with gray undertones. White has a sense of purity and cleanliness, calming a busy room and giving the eye a rest.

While there is no right or wrong way to approach color within your home, these tips are a guide to help you choose the right colors for you.

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How Color Impacts Kids

Congratulations! Now that your baby is almost here, its time to create a wonderful and inviting room she’ll grow to love over the next couple of years. While you may have already selected the perfect rocking chair and a crib that will grow into the toddler years, the color on the walls is what will give the biggest impression to your new little one.

If you don’t want to stick to the standard blue and pink coloring that has long dominated nurseries across the globe, how do you proceed?

How Color Impacts KidsIs there a way to get it right? And what if you get it wrong?

While there isn’t an exact science when it comes to choosing a nursery color, there are many studies that have been conducted from a psychological aspect. They suggest that color can influence mood and behavior, stimulate the brain and even affect one’s health. All important reasons to pay attention to color when making your final selections.

What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

Warm Colors

When it comes to choosing warm colors – bold shades of red, orange and yellow – use them in moderation. Bold shades can stimulate the mind and have an energizing effect on the body. While that may be great for the daylight hours when you’re teaching and playing with your little one, it may be counter productive at night when you’re trying to get her back to sleep.

When it comes to warm colors, think accents instead of bold statements.

Reds are rich and highly emotive. While some say red may increase athletic ability, others suggest red may hurt your child’s academic performance.

Pink is universally loved by little girls everywhere. Despite its initial calming effect, pink can become irritating over time, leading to agitation and anxiety.

Yellow is bright and cheery, meant to bring on happiness and motivation. While soft yellows promote concentration, and brighter shades can stimulate memory, too much yellow can go too far, resulting in fussy, over stimulated babies.

Cool Colors

Cool colors have a calming effect on the body and can make it feel spacious and relaxing. Despite their soothing nature, they can leaving people feeling cold and reserved if the wrong color choices are made. Remember, everything should always be done in balance. To soften the effect, pairing cool colors with creamy neutrals and soft fabrics and accessories can change a room around for the better.

Blues have the exact opposite influence from reds – direct opposites on the color wheel. They decrease anxiety and aggression, and can calm the mind and body. Children that have trouble sleeping or are prone to tantrums can often benefit from spending time in a blue environment.

Greens symbolize nature, which means it provides a serene, calming effect. It associated with health, healing, well being and concentration. Its been shown to possibly increase reading ability, and can provide a soothing environment to help a child relax after a stressful day.

Purples are associated with wisdom and spirituality. It combines the stability of blue with the energy of red, making it the perfect shade for your little one. It can bring out a luxurious feel.

While science can suggest options, only you can give your nursery love. Choose a color that is right for you, and you’re sure to find something that is perfect for your new little one.

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Interior Painting 101: What Women Like

Time to paint a room in your home? If you have a family, how you approach the color on your walls may differ. Color studies show that men and women differ in the colors they enjoy the most. Some of these differences may be attributed to our own cultural use of color and how we condition each sex to respond to certain colors.

Interior Painting 101: What Women LikeHowever, no matter what the studies show, there are ways to appeal to both sexes – and give your interior walls a color you can all live with for many years into the future.

Remember, color comes in many shades, tints and tones. Decide on a basic color first, then focus in on a shade that will appeal to you both.

The top color choice for both women and men is the color blue. It may be the calming effect that the color blue evokes. It may be the strength and stability it suggests. If blue is the color choice for your new interior walls, focus in on finding a color tone that appeals to you both. Look towards azure, baby blue, cobalt, cornflower blue, cyan, indigo, midnight blue, robin’s egg blue, or even sapphire.

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Next in line is the color green. Think nature. Think environment. After all Mother Nature is green, and she knows best. Green signifies rest, renewal, health, growth. It’s the perfect color for every room in your home. And with so many color choices available, its easy to see why more families turn to green when painting the walls of their homes. Try out apple, chartreuse, emerald, fir, forest, jade, lawn green, lime, moss, pine, sage or seafoam.

Because women prefer the cool tones of color (when compared to men) its no surprise that women also prefer the color turquoise, which has tones of blue and green combined. When choosing colors for rooms predominantly occupied by women, turquoise can be an excellent option. Think aqua, aquamarine, blue-green, teal, and ultramarine.

And finally we’re into shades of purple, which is associated with royalty. Its mysterious, spiritual, and even a little romantic. Women love its femininity, and can move to all shades, from light to dark, lavender to plum, and everything in between.

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How To Choose Neutral Paint Colors

Want a paint that is neutral, that allows you to change colors in your décor at a moments notice without having to repaint your walls?

The term neutral is one that is used quite a lot in interior design and decorating, yet can have a wide variety of meanings to individual homeowners. “Neutral is neutral – just paint it white” might be a common thought in some homeowners minds. But to a decorator, neutral means a whole lot more.

How To Choose Neutral Paint ColorsNeutral covers colors that aren’t bright or bold. Instead of adding vibrant color, neutral suggests you’ll be painting with varying degrees of black, beige, gray and white.

A neutral is typically created by mixing a pure neutral with another color to achieve a new hue. If you start with white and add yellow, it will create a yellow hue. Add blue and it will have a blue hue. And while adding more or less of a color may change the hue dramatically, overall it will always continue to be a neutral shade.

Remember, what looks white (or gray, or beige or black) on a paint chip at the home improvement store can take on a vast difference when you bring it home and apply it to your walls.

[For those of you that believe white is white, try looking at a room painted with golden hues with décor that is gray toned. You’ll notice the difference.]

What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

How do you select the right neutral color for you? Start with the décor throughout your home. If you can see the paint color from one room in another, both colors should work together so that they are not visually opposing one another. Which means its best to start with your color palette throughout your home.

Have an earthy shade of green in the dining room? The living room should have a neutral shade with green undertones in it. Blending; its all about blending.

Neutral paint colors will suit any style of home or architectural template. As long as the paint application itself is professional, you can expect your paint job to last anywhere from 7 to 10 years. And by choosing neutral colors, you add to the value of your home in the event you sell it in the coming months or years.

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Why Color Matters For Painting Interior Rooms

Every parent has experienced the joy of attempting to make sense of the masterpiece created by his or her blooming artist.  Little ones learning about color and composition can be an excellent proof that color matters.  After all, while you may love your little one’s scribbles, but they aren’t true works of art.  So what can we learn about color from our little one’s pictures?

For Painting Interior RoomsColors are divided into categories.  In everything we are always seeking harmony and order.  Colors are no exception.  The color wheel is our attempt to group colors in a way that makes sense.  The main categories that show up on the color wheel are primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.  Someone who understands this wheel and the way it works will better be able to create pleasant color combinations in any area.

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Colors work together or conflict based on their position in the color wheel.  There are several rules about what colors work best with which colors.  Color schemes based upon analogous or complimentary colors tend to create the greatest harmony.  Analogous colors are colors that appear right next to each other on the color wheel.  Complimentary colors are colors that appear on opposite sides of the color wheel.

Colors have an affect on us.  So far we have discussed the theory behind colors, but what does that prove about why colors matter.  The key component that affects the importance of color is the effect color has on us.

Different colors can affect people different ways.  For instance, red tends to energize and revitalize while blue produces a calming effect.  A proper combination of colors can greatly impact the actions, attitudes, and energy levels of those in close proximity to it.  A poor combination of colors can create a confusion of these subconscious effects.

Color also affects our ability to appreciate what is around us.  If the color scheme is harmonious, we can appreciate the beauty and harmony of the object.  If the color scheme is poorly planned, we often are confronted with chaos instead.

Yes, color impacts us in big ways. If you are struggling to come up with the perfect color combination for your living room, dining room or kitchen, give us a call. As a professional painter, we have years of experience in selecting colors and seeing the final results on the walls. Its just one of the many values we offer to you, our clients. Give Paint Denver a call at 303-748-5595 today.