The benefits of interior painting go beyond aesthetics. Interior painting can have a significant impact on your psychological well-being. A new color has the power to evoke emotions and influence your moods. In Architectural Digest, Dr. Mary Gregerson, the president of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Environment, Population, and Conservation Psychology, said: “Color affects you totally, with both your mind and your body responding together to the outside stimulus.” Choosing the right colors for different rooms can create a calming or energizing environment, improving your overall mood and even increasing productivity. When choosing a paint color for the mood you want it to evoke, pay more attention to the temperature of the hue rather than the color itself. Cool shades of blue, green, and neutrals, for example, tend to calm us and reduce stress and anxiety and are ideal for bedrooms. These colors have actually been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure. On the other hand, warm colors like red, bright yellow, or vivid orange tend to stimulate us and are good for family rooms or home offices where they can create a welcoming and cozy feel or even help boost productivity.
The placement of color also plays a crucial role in transforming your space. A statement wall can add depth and visual interest to a room while highlighting architectural features. Alternatively, painting all walls in one cohesive hue can create a seamless flow throughout the space. Painting walls, ceilings, and trim in unexpected ways can also create a transformative effect. Matching your ceiling color to your wall color, for instance, creates a dramatic, cozy “wrapped” effect. In a room with a sloped ceiling, matching the walls and the ceiling can create a sleek look. Painting walls and trim the same color is an understated, elegant choice that can make a room feel larger and seamless.