The colours you pick for your home can influence how quickly your home sells. Next time you list your home for sale, use colour psychology to get that sold sign on your lawn.
That’s Greeyellow to You
Is that green, yellow or greeyellow? Psychology students at University College London know the answer. They took part in a 1991 experiment with eight intriguing findings:
- Every colour belongs to one of four groups.
- All colours in a group harmonize with the other colours in that group.
- Each colour hue in a group has a distinct psychological affect.
- The psychological effects of colour are universal.
- All humanity belongs to one of four personality types (A, B, C or D and sometimes X, a bit of all four).
- Each personality type prefers a specific colour group.
- How people respond to colour schemes depends on their personality type.
You’re Getting Warmer
Researchers call it The Wright Theory/Colour Affects System. Fascinating though it is, what you really need to know to sell your home is that all colours have lightness or darkness and coolness or warmth. (BTW, greeyellow are the yellow and orange colour ranges.) Cool and warm colours harmonize with their peers. Cool yellows like cool blues and warm yellows go well with warm blues.
Colour Psychology and You
Now you get the gist of it, let’s see how that translates when you prepare your home for sale. Realtor.com, an online marketing tool that helps Ontario real estate agents list and sell your home, asked Atlanta interior designer Lauren Colson for her take on what colours lead to an agreement of purchase and sale. Here’s what she recommends.
Fill Your Home With Sunshine and Light
Funny, sunny yellow can cheer up a kitchen or a hallway, bringing light to dark interior spaces or family places. Love it or hate it, Colson recommends soft shades “with a warm buttery base.” CIL is on board with that. The paint manufacturer says buttery soft Candlelight Yellow is Canadian’s second favourite colour, after creamy Antique White. Yellow can be fire or earth in Feng Shui, depending on its intensity, and a symbol of freedom in Buddhist culture. Use it wisely.
Try Blue for Tranquil Spaces
Universally liked blue makes a bathroom or sleeping area feel more relaxing when you evoke tranquility by reflecting the peaceful hues of the ocean or sky. Graphic design supplier Pantone picked Classic Blue for color of the year in 2020. Small wonder. The hue “highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era,” Pantone says. Canadians choose CIL’s Royal Navy to make dramatic statements in their home. Colson suggests it can make a cosy formal dining room a real knock out.
Mother Nature in The Room
Health, harmony and prosperity go hand in hand with the colour of Mother Nature, green itself. Deep, earthy moss and evergreen are recommended for dens and quiet spaces. Forgot that nauseating mint for public spaces. Thai Teal was a hit with Canadian homeowners. It made it onto CIL’s top 10 paint colours with its “brilliant beach glass hue.”
Shades of Grey
When the luxury of Carrara marble speaks to you, Canadians found Pebble Grey to be the perfect shade for kitchen walls. Beige-based, darker hues are warming, Colson says, while lighter shades with blue undertones can be cooling. Getting the right mix is “tricky”.
The Drink of Champions
Champagne is the “it” colour for 2020, according to Reviewed.com’s editors. Probably because the shimmery bronze is the newest shade to be rolled out for kitchen appliances. Nevertheless, brown and its hues evoke memories of nature, calmness and quiet. Turns out that boring sand on your families’ living room walls was carefully selected to keep the pandemonium to a minimum. Canadians went for CIL’s muted Scroll Beige or buff Mushroom Cap.
Hot or Not
Red and orange may be dynamic, but they make buyers anxious and angry, Colson finds. “I usually suggest to clients to avoid oranges and reds in any type of space.” On the other hand, if you are targetting Asian buyers, you may want to add some subtle red touches. Red is the colour of fire in Feng Shui, symbolizing fortune and joy.
Keeping Your Cool
Don’t you just hate that when your neighbours use Amethyst (CIL Purple Passion perhaps?) for their exterior. Try to pick a soothing neutral for your own home, something that blends in well and will offset their mid-life crisis next door. May we suggest a little Angel’s Gaze cream and Huckleberry Blue to take the edge off?
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