Colors to change the air

07 APRIL 2017
The Summer is here and so is the blistering Sun, with blazing temperature. It is time to resort to ways that can keep your body cooler and as well as your home. While summer may be great for water activities and outdoor fun, warm weather and sunshine outside can also make temperatures inside a home rise. Air conditioning and fans can help cool things down, but what if you could avoid your house becoming too hot in the first place? Here are some tips and tricks to invite fresh breeze inside your home and assuage the wrath of the season.

The paint shade or the material of the exterior of your house can affect the amount of heat (or cold air) that comes through the walls. Choosing more efficient materials or colors can potentially help lower energy bills by relying less on a mechanical heating or cooling system. The color of your home can affect heat absorption as well. It is noted that dark and dull colors can absorb 70 to 90 percent of the sun’s radiant energy, which can then be transferred into the home. Meanwhile, light-colored paint can help reflect the sun’s heat away from the home. White walls, for example, will gain 35 percent less heat than black walls, therefore requiring less energy to cool the home.

Another indispensable reason to choose colors of the rooms wisely, is their power to influence our moods and thoughts. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects us daily and directly reflect our personality. Certain colors (or groups of colors) tend to get a similar reaction from most people; the variations come from the shades or tones used. In a broad sense, Blue emanates serenity, intelligence and protection and is often considered perfect for bedrooms and offices. While Green reflects nature, wealth and balance and go well in bedrooms that need pacification.

Yellow represents energy, happiness and attention and thus should be brushed on kitchen and bedroom walls for lighter air. On the other hand, Orange radiates warmth and reassurance and go well with living and dining rooms. Pink suggests sweetness, love and calmness and is usually painted in bedroom walls. Lilac or shades of Violet can impose mysteriousness, creativity and spirituality and usually is the chosen color for bedrooms and bathrooms. Lastly, narrowing down the color schemes, Grey and Black mirrors formality, security and strength but due to their dark undertone, they should be used only with moderation.