Home Remodelling Tips: The Psychology of Paint

Painting your walls blue can create a calm and peaceful environment. 

Painting your walls blue can create a calm and peaceful environment. 

You’re just in the finishing stages of your interior renovation, and it’s finally time to paint, so you hop in the car and head to the local paint store.  Stretched before you is an entire wall full of paint swatches. With so many options, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Before you grab a fistful of random swatches and head home to hold each one up to the wall, get a sense of the colour scheme you want before leaving home. Here is where colour psychology can be beneficial. By studying colour psychology, you can discover how each colour affects your mood and thoughts.


Evaluate the Space First

Before you begin, ask yourself: What mood do I want in this particular room?

Say you just finished a bedroom remodel and you’re trying to determine what colour the walls should be painted. First, ask yourself how you want the room to make you feel. You may want the space to have a more intimate feel that invites tranquillity and a sense of calm.

For a kitchen remodel, you may want a bright space that makes your central gathering space feel cheery and inviting.


Paint Colours & Their Effects

Red is an intense colour that raises a room’s energy level by causing the body to produce adrenaline. It’s also been shown to increase heart rate and raise blood pressure.


Yellow imitates sunlight. This colour can improve moods by capturing the joy that sunshine typically brings. It also communicates happiness. But it’s important to note that too much yellow can cause people to lose their temper easier. Try and use yellow in smaller amounts instead of using it as the main colour scheme in your home.


Green is considered a restful colour. It’s great for all rooms of the home, encourages relaxing and promotes a sense of comfort and togetherness. It’s also an excellent colour for boosting fertility and relieving stress, making it an optimal colour for the bedroom.


Blue is known to reduce blood pressure and slow down the heart rate. It’s ideal for creating a calm, serene and relaxed environment. Just be mindful of the shade of blue you choose. A pastel blue can come across as unpleasantly cool in a room that receives a lot of natural light. And on the other side of things, dark blue might evoke feelings of sadness.


Purple, in its lighter shades, brings a restful quality to a room, while darker hues are more luxurious, dramatic, and sophisticated. Dark purple hues are great in moderation but don’t typically work well as the main colour in a room.


Orange is a very energetic colour and can evoke enthusiasm and excitement. In ancient cultures, the colour orange was believed to increase energy levels and heal the lungs. This colour is great for a fitness room.


Grey is an optimal paint colour for bringing serenity into a space. It has an inherent calmness while portraying a sense of sophistication. Softer grey hue offers a more delicate feel, while a darker grey paint colour symbolizes strength.


Brown rooms give the appearance of an earthy richness and make the room feel inviting and warm. It’s a great colour choice that encourages relaxation.


Now that you’ve got the wall colours sorted, check out our previous blog post for some flooring ideas: The 2019 Home Improvement Flooring Trends to Watch For.


Whether you’re planning an entire interior renovation or need a little help painting, come and chat with the renovation specialists at Rafter 4K Contracting. We can handle any job, no matter the size. Contact us today for a free expert consultation.


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