Color in home decor is about much more than what looks pretty, says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Color surrounds us and defines our world,” she says. From early infancy on, colors in our environment affect both our thoughts and emotions, Eiseman explains.
The most common way homeowners have added value to their houses is by painting the interior, according to Allstate’s “It’s Not Just Stuff” survey. But not just any color will do. Think of it as a design tool you can use to help make a room feel calm, exciting, inviting or uplifting.
Here’s a look at the psychology of colors and how you can best put them to use in your home.