The Psychology of Colour: What Your Walls Say About You
Are you planning on repainting the walls of your home or business? Know the psychology of colour. Choosing a specific paint colour actually says a significant amount about you and the environment you desire to create.
According to Leslie Harrington, a colour consultant and noted expert on the use of colour in industrial and residential décor: “Colour is a universal, nonverbal language, and we all intuitively know how to speak it. What colour you paint your walls isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. It’s a tool that can be leveraged to affect emotions and behavior.”
Gravitating towards specific tones and shades can actually say a lot about your personality. It can also help you put your summer guests in the right mood to enjoy their time gathering in your home.
Here are a few things that the colour of your home can say about you:
Soft, Warm Shades
What of those who prefer the fiery hues? These shades are most often associated with sunshine and roaring fires, especially during the summer months.
Choosing yellow, orange, peaches, or varying tones of pink can signal a cheerful, welcoming personality. These colours produce warm, fuzzy feelings because they actually serve to make your walls ‘spring forward’ and make the room feel much more intimate and inviting.
Soft, Cool Hues
According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute: “Most reactions to colour come about because of what’s around us in nature.”
Homeowners that associate more closely with pale blues, lavenders, or greens have a subconscious connection to tranquil environments. These shades also have a softer impact on the eyes compared to more intense, bright colours.
What does the psychology of colour say about those especially brilliant tones, such as ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, and topaz, among others?
Gravitating towards these colours can signify your outgoing, confident, and creative personality. Because of their brilliant concentration of colour, these tones are perfect for masking small décor flaws. For example, a room devoid of any architectural significance can instantly draw more interest if painted with your choice of jewel tones. They make imposing spaces feel more intimate and emphasize the coziness of small nooks.
Neutrals can purvey a powerful sense of permanence. They are perfect for giving your home a classic feel. Most interior design experts liken neutrals in the home to great monuments, marble, or the splendor of an imposing granite boulder.
Being drawn to neutrals typically signals an even-keeled, practical personality, and it’s also perfect for homeowners that aren’t particularly keen on repainting every few years. If you’re specifically interested in using furniture and other accessories to display colour, neutrals are the perfect backdrops.