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Overcome Holiday Blues With Some Fresh Paint Color

Overcome Holiday Blues With Some Fresh Paint Color

Feeling blue about the holidays ending? You may be able to lift your spirits by adding some fresh new paint color to your home. Starting a brand new project can be re-energizing, and when the job is done, the mere presence of the new color may permanently brighten your mood!

There are plenty of good reasons to consider painting now: winter is an opportune time to improve your home interior; with no holiday in sight, you can work at a stress-free pace; and your walls may well need some attention after all the activity they endured over the past few weeks.

Still, your home may not be the biggest beneficiary of your painting project: It could be you! Staying active — by painting or otherwise – will contribute to your sense of purpose. Once you complete your painting project, you’ll have a satisfying feeling of accomplishment. And creating colorful new surroundings is a proven way to improve one’s mood.

That last statement isn’t just opinion; it’s science. Psychologists have found that exposure to certain colors boosts the level of serotonin in the brain. And the presence of more serotonin has the effect of making us more joyful!

Which colors have this power? A number of studies have shown that yellow is the top “pick-me-up” color. Spending time in yellow surroundings creates, in effect, a “natural high”!

Not keen on yellow? Then shift over to the next-best happiness inducing color, orange. According to color psychologists, tints and shades of orange give off good karma that we perceive as energy and warmth, nice feelings to have as winter sets in.

If you’re not a fan of yellow or orange, you still have some options. You can brighten your surroundings with off-white paint or any other light hue. Enveloping yourself in one of these colors will help counter the gloom of winter’s gray days and help foster a better frame of mind.

Should you decide to follow this prescription to improve your outlook, pay attention to the sheen of the paint you use. Products with higher sheen – gloss, semi-gloss, and satin paints — are more reflective, so they’ll make your interior even brighter and more uplifting than flat paints in the same hue.

The bottom line is this: If you feel that you need a pick-me-up after the holidays, think about picking up a roller or paintbrush and a couple cans of top quality paint (100% acrylic latex is best). Get started on some interior painting, and you’ll likely improve your spirits as much as the place you call home!

Debbie Zimmer

Debbie Zimmer is editor-in-chief of the Paint Quality Institute blog. She's a widely cited authority on color, use of paints in interior and exterior design, and decorative painting techniques. She can be found on Twitter as @PaintQualityIns.