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Experts say paint colors on walls can change moods

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Eyewitness News looked into how the color of walls in a person’s home can affect their mood. (WFSB) Eyewitness News looked into how the color of walls in a person’s home can affect their mood. (WFSB)
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Eyewitness News looked into how the color of walls in a person’s home can affect their mood.

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“Color does impact everything in your house from how it's going to look in the end to how you're going to feel when you enter that room,” color expert Thomas Mach said.

Mach said he has been matching consumers' moods with their paint colors for years.

“Very often people are confused and think that they have to follow certain color rules,” Mach said.

However, Mach said it's really all about what you like and what kind of emotions and behavior you want to evoke.

Before a person heads on the path of choosing a paint color for a room, Mach said that individual should take a moment to consider what the primary function of that room will be.

Mach said for example, the dining room, there's a particular color that will help stimulate both their appetite and conversations at the table.

“You're always seeing reds in dining rooms because it helps people feel more hungry,” Mach said. “That's why you see it a lot in restaurants.”

“My old dining room used to be red, and I loved it,” Julie Sirois, of Simsbury, said. “It was warm, but energetic at the same time.”

But if a person wants to control their weight, individual may want to steer clear from painting their kitchen red.

If person is looking for the perfect color for bedrooms, nurseries, or rooms that they want to relax in, “the light blues, and the greens, and even your neutrals and beiges; those are always safe choices if you're looking for a tranquil, calm atmosphere,” Mach said.  

But for playrooms, it's not a bad idea to add a punch of color on either a wall or an accent piece such as an orange or a yellow.

“Kids really love those bright colors,” Mach said. “It would be a great way to do some shelving, toy boxes, bunk beds...anything like that in a room.”

As for the bathroom, Mach said “very often they'll choose the whites and the neutrals” because that helps promote a fresh, clean feel.

There seems to be a bit of a difference when it comes to choosing colors based on your generation. For example, Millennials are not necessarily reaching for the traditional white. They're going for some bold colors and that's because, they are on their phones and on social media sites such as Pinterest. They are trying to bring some of those ideas to life.

But, Mach said when considering these bright colors, make sure not to overdo it.

“Because we don't want it to startle anybody as they come into a room,” Mach said

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