When House Painting, Color Can Affect You

Without a doubt, color is one of the most important aspects of design and has an immense effect on user experience. Choosing colors is one of the common steps in the process of house painting in San Ramon, CA.

Color is a simple but powerful means of changing the look of the space and engendering moods and emotions. However, many homeowners do not understand the power that color holds. Without the proper research and consultation, they tend to use the wrong colors without knowing that their homes might end up looking like a disaster. That’s why it’s important that homeowners be definite on their color choices before the painting job commences.

This article explores the psychological qualities of every color and the spaces they’re best suited for. So, look at each of the following colors and find out how you can use them to your advantage:


Red represents anything passionate, sensual, vigorous, romantic, and powerful. This warm, fiery, and eye-catching color is definitely for people who tend to favor bold design schemes. You can use red for various styles, whether they be classic, contemporary, or retro. It can be a part of a cutting-edge modern design or traditional design, such as the red walls and tile roofs seen in Oriental-inspired dwellings. 

The right shade of red can help increase your energy and appetite levels. Red is ideal for places where you want to feel energized and invigorated, such as your home office, kitchen, or dining area. However, red really works best as an accent color and you can decorate your home with red that will draw your eye to the other areas of your room that might normally be overlooked. For example, an ample but usually neglected space under the stairs can be the best place to paint red.

Red never fails to excite the senses and can be quite versatile when combined with other colors. Depending on the shade and the amount of red you use, this color can be applied inside a space to stimulate your senses and appetite or make your room feel warm and cozy.


The only “cool” primary color, blue, conjures feelings of calmness and peacefulness. In a professional setting, blue represents power, authority, professionalism, loyalty, and trust. Many brands tend to use blue a lot as it gives the impression of security while conveying professionalism and loyalty. This color is also thought to promote intelligence.

Blue is an excellent color choice for relaxing and meditating places – think of the calm ocean mirroring the clear blue skies. This is the perfect color to use for bedrooms, spa rooms, and other spaces where you crave peace and relaxation. 

Again, blue is also thought to promote intelligence. That’s why it is often the top color choice for home offices and study rooms. 

Blue isn’t the usual color choice for kitchens and dining areas because it is thought to be depressing and can diminish your appetite. However, blue sometimes works surprisingly well in such spaces when the right shades are used. You may want to capture images of the sky by painting your ceiling blue, making the room appear larger. If you’re seeking to create a peaceful and soothing home environment, blue might be the ideal color choice.


Green is a secondary color that combines the warm yellow and the cool blue. However, it is usually classified as a cool color. 

Green represents balance, nature, harmony, spring, and rebirth. It also symbolizes freshness, prosperity, and progress. Feng shui experts recommend green as it is thought to attract wealth.

Needless to say, green is one of the popular colors in home design. This color can feel relaxing but also invigorating and rejuvenating at the same time. It can also impart a sense of freshness, growth, and vitality. 

Green is a highly versatile color; you can use it for practically every area of your home. Living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, study rooms, home offices, etc., can use various shades of green. Additionally, green is ideal as an accent color, which is another proof of its versatility. Many homeowners like green because it makes them feel safe and secure.


This color can bring a burst of sunshine to your room. Yellow is an unmistakably happy and uplifting color that invokes feelings of optimism. However, it can be overkill if you use it too much. Therefore, bright yellows are best used sparingly. Too much bright yellow in space tends to overstimulate emotions, making you feel agitated, irritable, or angry. However, too-dull yellows may make you feel bitter, jealous, or ill.

However, yellow is one of the best color choices for brightening up small, dark, and enclosed interior spaces. Certain shades of yellow are excellent for bathrooms, which can bring in an energizing effect while showering in the morning. Like its warm brethren, red and orange, yellow is best suited for areas where you need to feel energized and invigorated.


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Orange is a combination of its fellow warm colors, red and yellow. Not surprisingly, orange shares the same emotive and energizing qualities as the two other colors. Orange gives an impression of vitality, vigor, happiness, positivity, and arousal. The warmth of orange may energize and invigorate you, especially if the shade is as vibrant as the similarly named fruit.

Room color psychology also suggests that orange inspires creativity and innovation. This color works well in certain areas like kitchens, bathrooms, dining areas, home gyms, and other places where red and yellow would also be suitable.


In recent years, gray has risen in popularity in interior design. This may not be so surprising, as this neutral color is highly versatile. Gray can work well with other colors and shades.

Gray invokes serenity, calmness, sophistication, and coolness with a bit of mystery.  Industrial design, which is known for combining form and function, does not hide behind colors, decorations, and facades. Instead, it sticks to bare gray concrete walls, floors, and even ceilings. These basic elements impart to this design’s unique character and aesthetic appeal.

A deeper shade of gray suggests strength, while a softer shade conveys daintiness. Gray can help the duller colors stand out or offset louder colors. It is usually used as a background color to convey a sophisticated feel. 

Unlike other colors, though, gray has the tendency to affect individuals differently. While some may find gray soothing and calming, others may find it a little gloomy and depressing. So, it all comes down to gray’s undertones – cool or warm. Nevertheless, when paired with the right complementary colors, gray can become balanced and pleasing to the eyes.


Purple is a hybrid of one warm color (red) and one cool color (blue). This color is usually associated with royalty. It has the power to stir up strong emotions and spark creativity, but at the same time, it exudes a sense of intrigue, mystery, and spirituality.

Whether you have a simple room or a space with complicated architectural designs, purple can add a touch of drama to both spaces. Lavender, which is a lighter shade of purple, invokes calmness and tranquility of mind, making it an ideal color for nursery rooms, spas, and meditation rooms.


Society and culture are so wired to think that genders dictate human behavior – and even our color choices! Pink is usually seen by many as a soft and feminine color. But this color is definitely not for “girls only.” It’s quite possible to introduce pink into masculine spaces successfully. You can make a strong statement with pink through simple patterns, sophisticated designs, accent colors, furniture, etc. Pink also suggests playfulness, compassion, warmth, glamour, and even passion, depending on the shade.

Pink is also a soothing color. According to color psychologists, pink is believed to soothe feelings of anger and produce a calming effect on the nerves, especially when exposed to this color for a long time. That is why pink has found itself in unlikely environments such as prisons and jail cells. Deep and intense pinks can be used as an accent color for one wall or a certain nook, such as a reading corner. If you don’t want too much pink, you can use one shade of pink with a touch of gray or silver that will still look flattering in your room.


Because brown is the color of the earth, it is often used to symbolize nature. Brown may be the most familiar color in a home, as seen in wooden walls, floors, furniture, and fixtures like its fellow neutral gray. Depending on the shade, Brown can be used to highlight dull colors or offset intense colors. Brown provides a natural richness that creates a warm and inviting space. It also works for any style – traditional, contemporary, or rustic.

While more research is needed to understand the connection between color and mood completely, color theory suggests that carefully selecting colors for your home can positively impact your mood, mental health, and overall well-being. 

Selecting colors for house painting in San Ramon can be a frustrating experience, but hiring professional color consultation services can help you assess your space and pick the right colors and shades for it.  

Custom Painting, Inc. has been painting houses and commercial properties in San Ramon and the Bay Area for over 40 years. Call us at (925) 294-8062 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate, or fill out our online form, and someone from the office will call you back.