Ever walked into a room and felt an instant mood lift? Or got a headache from clashing paints? Here's how to pick wall colours for your home.
It’s well known that colour plays a big role in influencing your mental wellness, mood and emotions. You can leverage the power of colours to influence moods and even physiological reactions. Did you know: different personality types have subconscious preferences when it comes to colour and aesthetics. That’s why you should design your home with the mood and vibe you want to channel, with walls painted in the perfect colour combination that aesthetically and practically complements your personality.
If you’re deciding on a wall colour for your new abode or thinking about repainting your space, here’s a simple guide to the impact of different hues on moods. Plus, home design tips for every personality.
The introverts: Cool shades and neutrals go a long way
Introverts tend to be overly stimulated and distracted by brighter colours. They naturally gravitate towards cooler and darker colours like blue, purple, black and green.
Blue is believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain – it’s calming and reduces stress. Being a cool colour, blue creates a sense of space. It’s also the most universally preferred shade. Purple is the colour of imagination and spirituality; it represents creativity and individualism. It’s also an introspective tone that encourages you to connect with your deeper thoughts.
Deck out your home in your preferred hue of blue, green and purple, but ensure they’re cohesively used and well-balanced. Mix it up with neutrals like greys and whites to provide an earthly touch that balances your overall aesthetic. To add a dash of character, sprinkle on bright colours as accents on paintings or pillowcases.
The extroverts: Warm colours set the tone for your home
Warm and bright shades attract extroverts. They’re naturally wired to seek out external stimulation. Go for wall colours, paintings and furnishings with splashes of yellow, orange and red.
Red is a warm and positive shade that exudes strong and powerful masculine energy. Use it with control – in large amounts, red may cause visual strain and fatigue. Meanwhile, yellow is uplifting and illuminating. It’s a creative tone that lifts you up, offering rays of hope and cheery playfulness. Balance these strong, warm tones with solid neutrals when picking out fixtures, ornaments and flooring.
The ambiverts: A balanced palette helps you recharge
Ambiverts are quite the chameleon. They’re masters of both worlds: knowing when to be the life of the party and when to recharge reclusively. Design your home to facilitate a mix of social activities and downtime to rest. Go for a balanced combination of warm, cool and neutral tones when picking out wall colours and decorating rooms.
Orange radiates optimism, warmth and vitality, combining the zeal of red with the cheerfulness of yellow. Green symbolises healing and represents nature. Darker greens relate to money, wealth and prestige, while lighter greens represent youth, rebirth and growth. Use soothing cool shades and neutrals for more private spaces like the bedroom or study, and brighter hues for the living room, kitchen and balcony.
So, the next time you’re picking out colours for your walls, remember that the coat of paint is not only surface deep. It plays a defining role in influencing how you feel when you walk into your home!