How Paint Colour affects your Mood (Part Two: Secondary Colours) - CalRes Residential Painters - Residential Painters - Featured Image

Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room quickly making painting an ideal way to spruce up your home. When choosing paint colours, remember that colour affects your mood, thoughts and emotions. Take this into account when choosing colour shades for your home. Before you choose a shade for a room, let’s explore how the secondary colours (green, orange, purple and gray) affect your mood.


Green is a restful colour and has a calming effect, helping people relax and unwind. It promotes comfort and togetherness and is suited for any room of your home. Try celery green in the kitchen for a light and airy feel. Give your bathroom a spa feel by mixing blue-green with gray and white. Spruce green or evergreen will add a hushed mood to a den or library. Pale shades of green create a contemporary look that feels fresh and clean. Mix green with wood tones for an organic, natural feel. Gray-green, moss and olive green are great for the exterior of a home. Citrus green will brighten a gloomy room and hunter green makes a front door welcoming. Try green in the entry to create a natural link to the outdoors. 


Orange provides a jolt of energy and makes you feel happy! It has the excitement of red and the welcoming warmth of yellow. Apricot and terra cotta mixed with brown and gray make a room relaxing. Deep orange feels bold in daylight and cozy at night. Peach-toned orange makes your skin glow. Try orange in the kitchen or dining room as it stimulates your appetite and adds warmth. Tangerine and hot pink will energize a dark room. For the energy and excitement of a party, mix bright orange, pink and yellow citrus. Pumpkin tones highlight architectural features while deep orange is great for the front door.


Purple is the colour of royalty and creativity. It’s a combination of blue (calming) and red (exciting) and adds flair, richness and drama to any room in your home. Try deep purple in the entry for a stunning first impression. Add softness to a formal room with lavender and a crisp white trim. Pastel purple feels hip and young. Eggplant purple and high gloss white trim create sophistication. Pair lavender with aqua or chartreuse for a happy space. Warm purples make a dining room feel cozy. Purple with soft blue evokes tranquility. Highlight exterior details with a mid-tone purple. Try purple shutters, doors and window boxes. Just be aware that deep purple absorbs light and fades, requiring repainting more frequently than other colours. 


Gray is calm, serene and sophisticated and makes other colours sing. Solid gray feels strong while soft gray has a delicate feel. Use it as a neutral background colour or mix a few shades of gray to create glamour. Gray will make your wood accents shine! Driftwood gray adds a beach feel to a room while deep charcoal makes a quiet background for more vibrant colours. Gray and white provide a clean crisp look for kitchens and bathrooms. Try gray for highlighting the architecture on the exterior of your house. Opt for red walls with a charcoal-gray ceiling for a glamorous dining room. Consider cloud gray, ecru, and fawn for a soft and inviting feel. Combine slate-gray walls with touches of chartreuse for a stylish feel.


Choosing colours for your home can seem overwhelming. Many paint companies offer online tools and paint collections to help you create a cohesive colour palette. Look at magazines, decorating books, blogs and websites for ideas and tips. Limit the number of colours in each room to no more than three. Remember that each colour affects your mood and influences how you feel. Match each room’s colours to your personal desires, your taste and the room’s purpose. Choose wisely. 


Thinking of painting your home’s interior or exterior? Need help choosing that perfect shade? Call the Calgary residential painting experts, Cal Res Coatings at (403) 835-4817. We’re a residential painting contractor that strives for quality, has an eye for detail and colour, and will not rest until your job is done to your satisfaction. Request a free quote today.

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