There’s no easier or more affordable way to decorate a room than by painting it. This is especially true with guest rooms, which are sometimes smaller than other rooms in your home. And, don’t forget the fifth wall — the ceiling. By painting it lighter than the walls, you can easily create the illusion of height and space.
Since no one lives in your guest room full-time, you can be a lot more flexible in your choice of paint colors. Have fun picking colors that are formal or funky, sedate or snazzy…or choose colors by the way they’re said to affect our moods and perceptions. Here’s an overview:
- Green. Green, the color of nature, makes people feel more relaxed. Light green intensifies the effect, which is why it's an excellent choice for guest rooms and bedrooms.
- Blue. Similarly, shades of blue, like the ocean and sky, evoke feelings of calm, tranquility and spirituality. Shades of blue are good choices for providing restful sleep.
- Red. Red is known for stirring passion, romance and appetite (something restaurants have known for a long time). Keep in mind, however, red evokes anger when paired with black. So choose your room accessories accordingly.
- Yellow. Cheerful and dynamic, yellow is a great choice to brighten up a small or dark guest room. It’s also said to be the color of intellectuals.
- White. White reflects light, so it can make your guest room appear bright, cool and spacious. But it’s also the hardest room color to keep clean. Something to consider if your guests have kids and pets.
- Purple Various shades of purple evoke different feelings. Children typically respond to the energy of bright purple, while adults attribute gloom and sadness to dark purple, a traditional color of mourning. Light purple and violet shades, on the other hand, evoke feelings of romance and nostalgia.
The paint experts at your local True Value hardware store can help you with your decision.
True Value EasyCare® Ultra Premium latex paint and primer in-one is available in a wide array of colors in durable flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes. True Value’s Certified Color Experts can give you paint color ideas and help you select the best sheen to suit your needs.