Color can make a major difference in any room. If you want to give your home a new look, consider giving it a fresh paint job before you make any other changes. When you have clear goals and choose your colors carefully, you may realize you don’t need new furnishings or lighting. Here are some ways that color can affect everything from visuals to mood.


Color Can Make A Room Look Bigger

Sometimes we just don’t have the space we wish we did. While paint won’t give you any more room for storage, it can make it appear as though you have more space. Light, bright walls reflect more natural light and make spaces seem more open. If you bought a home with dark interiors, a lighter coat of paint is just the transformation you need. Soft tones will make your living areas seem more inviting. If you paint your trims and moldings in a color lighter than your walls, the room will seem bigger. Well placed accent walls can make rooms feel longer and make your ceilings feel higher.


Color Can Make a Large Space Seem Cozier

Big spaces are great to have but they can lack warmth. Using warm neutral colors with medium or rich tones on your walls and paneling can make a room much more inviting. Some rooms that are for relaxing, may be too bright. Using darker colors and less reflective sheens will give them a warmer feel. You just need to be careful not to go overboard with restricting light. For excessively lofty ceilings, bring the ceiling color down onto the walls (or wall color onto the ceiling) to make things even cozier.


Color Affects Mood

Color is known to have an impact on the way we feel. Red speeds up the heart and
respiratory system while even raising blood pressure. That makes it okay for the family rooms but not the bedroom. That’s where you’ll want something subtler and more relaxing like blue. Blues in bedrooms and bathrooms can give your personal spaces a calm and serene feel. Meanwhile, yellow is uplifting and it may spur on conversation and appetite around the dining table and kitchen.


Color Adds Contrast to a Room

Contrast is a key element of impactful room design. Since the walls are the largest element in the room, this is where you should focus. Even if you choose an overall monochromatic palette, one darker or brighter wall can really stand out. However, the focus doesn’t have to be on your walls. You can opt to keep your walls neutral or white so they contrast with dramatic artwork or colorful furnishings.


Want to explore color before putting it on your walls?

Use the following tools by our friends at Sherwin-Williams to get inspiration for your home.