Colour experts posted answers such as green, purple or a warm peachy pink (following the psychology of colour and how it makes you feel). And this was what I said:
“A colour that reads as a colour is so much easier to like all on it’s own without the room having to be decorated. My first reaction to this question was that everyone potentially feels good in a room that is decorated so then it could be any colour (and this is ignoring the rules of the psychology of colour, I know) however my sister Anita recently painted her undecorated (at this moment) master bedroom a lovely fresh turquoise and now she’s so happy in there!”
Elizabeth (my other sister) said her husband called her from the paint store last week and said, “What colour do you want to paint the storage room?” and she at that moment, managing her two tired screaming small children said, “I don’t know, cream!” Well the clerk in the paint store selected a taupe. “Taupe,” she screeched on the phone to me, “I hate taupe!”
I said, “Why didn’t you call me, I would have given you the colour of the sky, it is a storage room, why not have it be a fun colour?” I also know that my sister’s favourite colour is blue. Well she couldn’t even think with two children crying so that’s the end of a happy storage room. Which she is clear will never be painted again.
Here is the point of my point:
If you paint your dining room your favourite colour (and let’s pretend for a minute that it’s not gray–because trust me, you were not asking me for gray two to three years ago when the brown trend was still alive) you can walk into that room, even if it doesn’t have the perfect matching drapery or carpet and still love it.
But if you paint that same undecorated room (let’s face it, we all leave the master to the very last, living rooms and then kids rooms get priority) a non-descript beige or gray or taupe? That’s when people say things to me like, “I hate the way it looks first thing in the morning,” or “There’s one wall in my living room and it looks like pea soup at 2 pm. I hate that colour.”
You say that because it relates to nothing.
If that same pea soup colour looked perfect most of the day because it was a great match to your bedding or the furniture in your living room you would not criticize it like you do now.
So, if you have a room in your house that you want to feel happy in, especially if it’s not decorated, choose a COLOUR over a NEUTRAL.
The look and feel and atmosphere of any room after all, starts with colour no matter where it is.
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