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Moody? It could be the colour of your room

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If you’re thinking about painting a room, you should know there are certain moods created by the colour you select.

Red raises a room’s energy level. Red is good for an entrance area because it makes a strong first impression. It may work well in a living or dining room as well, because it tends to draw people together where conversations can begin.  But red would be too stimulating for a bedroom where you may want more of a relaxing colour. It tends to be somewhat alarming, which is why it is used for stop signs, brake lights and fire equipment.

Yellow is not the best colour. It stimulates frustration and anger. Studies have shown that babies cry more in yellow rooms than in rooms painted any other colour. Yellow is also used as a warning, for example, on tape to keep people away from danger or crime scenes.

Blue is one of the most relaxing colours. It lowers blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rates. Blue has a calming effect but should be avoided in the living room or the kitchen, where one would be more active. The only colour more relaxing than blue is pink. Many prisons paint their cells pink, as it also has a "calming" affect and tends to make the prisoner smore docile.

Green is considered the colour most restful on the eyes. There are so many different hues of green that you have to be careful which one to utilize for certain rooms. Some are vibrant and fresh, while others, such as olive, can be depressing.  Green is also considered a relaxing colour. Guests awaiting their appearance on television talk shows often wait in the "green room" where they can relax.

Purple provides a balance of awareness and a calming effect. Dark purple is normally associated with luxury and would be ideal for a home office. It is also associated with sophistication and creativity while light purple, such as lilac or lavender, would be great for a child’s room.

Orange stimulates excitement and enthusiasm. It would be perfect for an exercise room as it brings out your emotions while completing your routine perhaps providing that extra energy you may require. Some ancient cultures believed that orange increased energy levels. Orange is probably not a good colour for the living room or the bedroom where relaxation is desired.

Neutral colours never seem to go out of style. Brown, grey and beige allow you to feel in touch with nature and can be accented with colourful pictures, pillows or plants. White can be used for brightness, perhaps for a kitchen with black as the trim colour.

Rick Sparling is a community correspondent for North Kildonan. Email him at ricksparling@shaw.ca

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