Color. color. color. It tells a story and creates a mood.
Pantone, the leading authority on color, states that their renowned Pantone Matching System is composed of 2,058 solid colors. With so many colors to choose from, how do you select the right shade for your home? And what story are you telling by the colors that you choose?
From Purple to Red, we bring to you some tips from the color experts at the Paint Quality Institute.
As a Buyer getting newly settled into your new home, we hope this guide will help in your selection of what colors to use where.
If you are a Seller, consider these tips when preparing your home for sale. From your standpoint you want to select colors that are attractive to as many buyers as possible. Now may be the time for you to consider toning down bold color choices you previously made. A little neutral paint will go a long way in helping your home sell faster.
“Paint color is so powerful that it can influence not just our state of mind but even our physiology.”
– Debbie Zimmer, color expert @ the Paint Quality Institute. Learn more @ paintquality.com
Consider using purple in a daughter’s room. Purple is considered to “stimulate brain activity” according to Zimmer. The color leans towards a sense of mystic and royal qualities and tends to be preferred by creative-type people.
Purple’s color affects: Uplifting | Calming | Spiritual | Creative
Gender-neutral, consider blue for bedrooms, where it’s inherent calming tendencies are sure to help create a soothing serenity and sedate. According to Zimmer, blue will also tend to reduce pulse rates and lower body temperatures.
Blue’s color affects: Calms | Sedates| Cools | Aids Intuition
Green is another good choice for bedrooms, as it naturally calms,” says Zimmer. Green represents renewal, youth and vigor and is considered tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm.
Green’s color affects: Renews | Soothes | Relaxes | Alleviates
Yellow imparts happiness and optimism, carrying positive and energetic vibes. Use yellow in family rooms to stimulate creativity, conversation and happiness. Yellow has even shown to “release more serotonin” according to Zimmer.
Yellow’s color affects: Stimulates | Activates | Encourages | Enlightens
Consider orange as an accent color in a great room or kitchen. Orange radiates warmth and energy, and has a variety of shades to suit any need. Rust, terra cotta and peach hues offer broader appeal than more vivid, raw orange tones.
Orange’s color affects: Stimulates | Encourages | Energizes | Warms
Red is proven to cause the heart to beat faster. Associated with desire and passion, consider red for dining rooms, kitchens or adult bedrooms. Red draws attention and can set the tone for a room by using on a focus wall.
Red’s color affects: Protects | Encourages | Excites | Stimulates
Authoritative and powerful, black is a great accent color for indoor and out. Elegance, formality and sophistication exudes when just the right amount of black is used in any room. Too much, and a room can feel small and overwhelming.
Black’s color affects: Potential | Possibility | Restful | Inconspicuous
Conveying peace, simplicity and spaciousness, white gives the illusion of larger space – bigger than actual physical dimensions. Used for crown molding, white can provide a crisp, elegant finish while adding a sharp contrast to wall color.
White’s color affects: Clarifies | Evokes | Clears | Freshens
Courtesy of PaintQuality.com and Realtor® Magazine.