Color is one of the most influential properties you can add to a room. Color, yet so simple, is very complex. When we see colors, they are received and transmitted in different pathways of the brain. Due to this, we have emotions, hormones, and feelings that are directly correlated with colors. That being said, not everyone is affected the same way by colors. Since many colors have psychology feelings affiliated with them, we all can feel different ways about certain colors.
While choosing color is simply a choice of personal preference, there are many elements to consider. We cannot see color without light. If a room was painted red and another room was painted blue with no light, you would not be able to identify either. This also means natural lighting can affect how we see a room. When the sun rises and sets, we have warmer tones. However, midday light can have a more fluorescent feel. Where your windows faces can make the room feel completely different. In fact, color can be changed simply by your lightbulbs, the color of your flooring, the reflectiveness of your paint, and even the outside atmosphere (grass, sand, or snow).
A general rule of thumb is that rooms facing north and east do not get enough light throughout the day. This means it can be more beneficial to add warmer-hued colors. Colors like red, orange, and yellow can all help influence a warm feel in the space. Rooms that face south and west typically have enough light in them throughout the day. These rooms may thrive better using cooler tones like blue, green, or purples.
Remember, all colors have moods which they can set other than just warm or cool. Using dark tones can make a room feel smaller or more sophisticated. Lighter shades open up the space allowing light to travel more freely, which can make a room feel airier and inviting. Research color psychology to help determine which colors are best for your space, but try to not add too many colors to a space. Just see which shades work best with one another to create a seamless color scheme.
Lastly, you should always get paint swatches and test them in your room’s actual light. Check them in the morning, evening, and midday to see how they feel with the rest of the atmosphere. Remember, color can be one of the most influential elements in a space, so take the time to pick the perfect colors for your home while remembering to have fun.