Guest Post by Gabrielle Gardiner
A huge factor that plays into our home’s influence on us is color. Filling your surroundings with calming colors is far more powerful than you might think. With so much time spent indoors these days, there’s no time like the present to start repainting with your ideal color palette. Changing the color of your walls can also be the project that jumpstarts your other home improvement tasks. The best part about a painting project is that it’s a low-effort endeavor that the whole family can enjoy.
Did you know that by making your home into a colorful sanctuary, you can lower your stress levels and improve your overall well-being? The colors we see around us consistently affect us psychologically. Whether or not we consciously realize it, it’s all thanks to science-backed color theory. The grounding, comforting effects of low-saturation shades are in stark opposition to stimulating, high-saturation shades.
Here’s a quick rundown of color theory: as human beings, we subconsciously interpret colors and their inherent psychological meanings. When you pay attention to the different qualities of various color families, you can understand the patterns of color theory and their impact on the brain. You can try using your knowledge of color theory and create a more peaceful vibe for your home:
- Pink: Brightness and positivity.
- Purple: Confidence and authenticity.
- Blue: Clarity and peace.
- Green: Reassurance and harmony.
- Gray: Peace and comfort.
- Beige/Brown: Stability and groundedness.
Remember, soothing colors don’t always need to be light shades. Nevertheless, they usually fall under the six color families above. Naturally, there are plenty of nuances to different shades, and some are more relaxing than others. Highly saturated reds, oranges, and yellows have the opposite of a calming effect.
In the same that decluttering your home helps you feel refreshed, so does repainting with the best possible color palette. Check out the guide below by HomeAdvisor on how to choose calming colors for your home. Then, you can start selecting other home accents and plants that complement your new Zen vibe and updated color scheme.