By now, you might already have a good idea of how different colors can affect your mood. But what about the often overlooked neutrals? Just like their brighter counterparts, neutral colors like brown, beige and gray can have a big impact on how we feel and behave. Take a quick look at the following list before deciding on a paint color for your living space:
Brown is one of the warmest, most welcoming colors you can choose for your bedroom or living space. This color, whether it’s a medium brown or a richer shade, can invoke feelings of friendliness and togetherness—so it’s a perfect choice for living rooms, dining rooms and even kitchens. The natural look of brown doesn’t have to be paired with other neutrals, either—it looks especially great next to bursts of other colors, such as blues and pinks.
There are also variations of brown that are worth considering. Pink or purple-tinted shades are attractive choices, too!
If you want a subtle touch of color on the walls, beige may be your best bet. This color is often used as a substitute for the sometimes uninspired look of white walls, and can go well with almost any color scheme in your home. When paired with blues and whites, beige can almost take on a relaxing, beachy feel—so it’s perfect for creating a coastal feel in your living space. The color itself can make you, your family and friends feel at ease and calm. It can work almost anywhere, as long as you remember to add some touches of color to keep the room from looking too plain.
Gray is the ultimate in between color—it’s a mix of black and white, so it is praised for its ability to be neither too dark nor too light. It’s a common misconception that gray is a bad choice for your walls because it can bring the mood in a room down… but not all gray has to have that cloudy, gloomy feel you’re thinking of. For example, very light grays are a great alternative to white for creating an airy, peaceful and calming feeling in a room. As you get darker you may risk making the room feel small or closed in, so be sure to experiment with different shades before deciding on a version of this timeless color.
White is often the default color in a home, and is the first color many new homeowners see when they walk in the door. Is this a good thing? Well, there is something nice about the color white’s simplicity and effortlessness. It can serve as an easy backdrop for virtually any decorating scheme, and the “lack” of color on the walls can inspire quiet reflection and personal creativity.
Some homeowners may think that white on its own is too stark or plain—so feel free to take on shades of off white! For example, ivory is a warmer alternative that can still inspire the same feelings of reflection.