Thursday, June 15, 2017     Hilda Campbell      Home Renovations and Maintenance

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Have you ever wondered how paint colours can affect your mood and ultimately the sale of your home?  How do you react when you see a room painted a vibrant lime green, fuschia or sunshine yellow?  The following is a list of colours and a description of the affect they have on us.

Red: Red can evoke strong emotions and even cause headaches if used too much. It is recommended to paint only one wall red or use it in accessories. It does however encourage sociable and lively feelings as well as stimulate appetite, which makes it perfect for a dining room.

Blue: People tend to be more productive in a blue room because they are calm and focused, making it an ideal color for an office. Additionally blue is believed to keep hunger at bay so it may not be a fitting color for a dining room. Blue has been thought to help prevent nightmares which could make it ideal for a bedroom. Blue however can make a room look cold and unwelcoming so it is recommended to choose a blue with a warm undertone.

Green: Green is a calming color that relieves stress and allows relaxation. It is a perfect color for a bedroom or living room. Green is also thought to help with fertility. Additionally, research has found that green can improve reading ability. Too much green can make people too complacent or laid back. It is suggested to use some red or orange accents to counteract these feelings.

Yellow: Yellow is recommended for a kitchen as it can increase metabolism and gives people energy (think McDonald’s golden arches). It also causes the brain to release more serotonin causing people to be more optimistic. Yellow can also stimulate conversation making it a good color for the more social areas of a home.? However, studies have shown that yellow is the most likely color to make babies cry, so it should be avoided in a nursery.

Orange: Orange evokes excitement and is not suggested for a living room or bedroom. It is however suggested for an exercise room to help get your blood pumping. Orange is also a good option for a dining room as it is thought to aid in digestion.

Purple: Lighter shades of purple like lavender can create an atmosphere that calms the nerves and allows relaxation and is suggested for a living room or bedroom. Additionally, brighter shades of purple can stimulate the brain activity used in problem solving so this could be a good color for an office or other workspace.

Brown: Brown is a soothing color that causes people to be comfortable. It is thought to be a perfect color for a family room or other room to relax in.

Pink:? Pink is recommended for bedrooms as it is a peaceful and restful color. Hot fuchsia can be thought to evoke passion. Prisons have been using lighter pink rooms for years due to its ability to reduce angry behaviour.

Paint is an inexpensive way to change the look and feel of a room, but be mindful of the shade and tone of colour you choose.

Have you ever seen a paint job gone wrong?  I’m sure a quick drive through just about any neighbourhood will provide evidence of a poor colour choice.  I’ve seen some pretty funky-painted garage doors where I can’t help but say to myself, “what were they thinking”?  Do you have any paint-job-gone-wrong stories or photos you’d like to share?  Please feel free to share them.

When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Burlington or Oakville area, or for general real estate advice, please contact me.  I can help!

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