For most of my life, the places I've lived have had white walls. From the painted white cinderblocks of college dorms to the cheapo primer-coat white of starter apartments, it was ubiquitous, boring and was unconsciously conditioning me to believe that walls were supposed to be white. I quickly learned to cover that plaster canvas with anything I could get my hands on, from posters, colorful quilts and strings of xmas lights (in college) to mirrors, artwork and 8x10 photographs. But when we moved to a little bungalow near the beach with lime-green walls, I had a Saul on the road to Damascus-style revelation: walls can decorate themselves! Not only that, but the color of walls has such a subtle (but noticeable) effect on mood, so if you have your landlord's blessing to paint your own walls, by all means do -- but choose wisely, grasshopper!
The design blog freshome has a great article on wall color as it correlates to mood, and it offers the following explanation as to why everyone who visited our place seemed to love the living room (pictured above).
Some curious color theories and what to do with my bathroom, all after the jump...
Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited to almost any room in the house. In a kitchen, a sage or medium green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. In a bedroom, it's relaxing and pleasant. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. Also believed to help with fertility this is a great choice for the bedroom.
(Needless to say, fertility wasn't a big concern in the living room, but we liked the color anyway.) In our new apartment, the guest bathroom is also green -- a horrifying shade of electric green, to be precise, which has unintended effects on its users; their trips within tend to be brief, hurried and anxious. Our landlord has offered to repaint it, should we decide on a more suitable color. On that note, two questions:
1) Which wall colors affect you most?
2) What color should I paint the bathroom (pictured here)?