Psychology Behind Colour
Psychology Behind Colour
Your personality often helps you choose the paint colour of your rooms in your home.
We may not realise it but a room’s paint colour can influence our moods and our thoughts. Everyone is affected by colours in different ways.
Considering the effects of colours on our moods it is important to choose your paint colour wisely when decorating your home.
The image below called ‘The Psychology of Color’ provides an idea of the effects of colour in your home.
Below we briefly describe the effects of each wall colour on your moods:
Red raises a room’s energy level and is a good way to stir things up especially at night-time. It is a good colour to use in a living room or dining room to stimulate conversation and energy. It is also a striking colour to use in a hallway.
Yellow captures joy and happiness. It is a good colour for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms and can make halls, entryways and small spaces seem larger. BUT studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow room and babies cry more in yellow rooms.
Blue reduces blood pressure and slows your respiration and heart rate. Blue is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Use the softer shades of blue as a darker blue can bring feelings of sadness.
Green is considered the most restful colour for the eye. Green is suitable to use in any room as it encourages relaxation but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. It is good to use in the bedroom as it is said to help with fertility.
Purple in its dark version is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It encourages creativity and gives a luxurious feeling to a room. Lighter versions of purple are good to use bedrooms as it encourages relaxation.
Orange is an energetic colour and encourages excitement and enthusiasm. It’s not a good colour for a lounge room or a bedroom but would be a good colour is great for a home gym.
Neutral colours like black, grey, white, and brown are basic colours used for interior decorating. In small doses black can give a room depth.
The Benefits of Using Acrylic Based (low voc) Paints
VOCs or volatile organic compounds are organic chemical compounds which have significant vapor pressures and which can affect the environment and human health. VOCs are mostly found in paint and coatings. Low-VOC paints and zero-VOC paints are considered to be more environmentally friendly and healthier for the environment in comparison to oil based paints. They help reduce ozone-depleting contaminants.
Some of the advantages of low/zero-VOC paints:
1. Low-VOC paints are less toxic and cause less toxic emissions.
2. Low-VOC paints have a lower odor and less impact on the air quality, which makes them perfect for schools, hospitals and of course homes.
3. Low-VOC paints are less likely to cause allergies due to reduced toxin levels.
With the inroads made by paint manufacturing companies into the durability of acrylic based paints, they now offer the consumer an equal if not better product than the oil based variety. Colortrend based in Kildare have developed a range of acylic based paints which tick all the boxes in regard to painting performance. With excellent coverage, durability, long lasting finish as well as being 100% Irish, they are the professionals choice.
According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research, even a short exposure to paints with high VOC levels may cause serious health problems, including eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness and memory impairment.
So if you’re thinking of beginning a paint project, make sure to use low VOC paints. The advantages, at this juncture, far outweigh the disadvantages.