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Using The Psychology of Color When Remodeling

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08/27/14 11:47 PM

Many studies have shown that colors effect our moods, behavior, and experience. The pallets chosen for Phoenix home remodeling will be markedly different from someone living in a place like Seattle or Minneapolis. There are exceptions to the rule for colors, for perception can be influenced by personal memories. You may want to consider the general effects evoked when choosing colors for cabinetry, countertops, walls, flooring or upholstery.

Basic overall home color recommendations when remodeling for various rooms are as follows. Have warm colors at a home’s entrance and living room. You may find it most comforting to paint the kitchen the colors of the kitchen of your childhood to associate fond memories with the present. Bathrooms are best white and bright. If you want to go with more color for a spa like bathroom, don’t paint it a color you would never wear because you won’t look your best. For an exercise room, if you are into weight lifting, red is a good color for studies show more people lift more weight. Otherwise use cooler colors to offset feeling hot while working out. Cooler colors are also desirable when doing Phoenix home remodeling. Green is an excellent choice for a home office, for it is a color of concentration and one of the best colors to be surrounded by for a long period of time.

Here are some ideas of what specific colors can do:

Nature uses red as an accent of flowers and berries. It is a powerful color that is stimulating and exciting that grabs attention. Can evoke fight or flight survival stress so it is not a good bedroom color. Red and orange has been known to stimulate appetite. It may be a good color for a dining room for guests tend to think you are a better cook.

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Think sunshine and smiley faces. It helps release serotonin, the chemical that brings about a happy mood. It suggests optimism, friendliness, and extroversion. Yellow can lift spirits, help with alertness and memory, but too much can give rise to fear and anxiety. It is considered a wake up color, so may not be a wise choice for a bedroom.

The color of water and sky which is soothing and calming.  It can help with creativity, concentration and feelings of loyalty and trust. Though it is a color considered to help facilitate communication, it can be perceived as cold and unfriendly. Diners in a blue room eat three times less calories than in rooms painted with yellow or red.

It is bright, relaxing and neutral. It suggests cleanliness. Best offset by other vibrant colors otherwise it can be boring. It is a good choice if furniture coloring is dark to brighten up a room.

Is about new growth and renewal. It represents nature and is considered healing, harmonizing and peaceful. It alleviates stress and is said to improve vision. It can be a good balancing color that can be used in most rooms.

Suggests royalty, luxury, and sophistication. It can evoke spirituality and want to do our best. Pale violet or indigo is a good choice for a bedroom for it can be sedative.

Has warmth, is earthy. Brown suggests reliability and support.

Is considered a neutral color that can evoke the want to hibernate. It can help dampen stronger colors, but if dominant, can be dreary or depressing.


Happy Phoenix Home Remodeling!


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