Wherever we go, we respond to color, though its effect is often underestimated. Color use is important to us in our homes and workplaces.
If you are selling a house, you will want to choose different colors than those you might use for your own home.
If you just purchased a house, you can add some of your own personality with paint.
HGTV's Shari Hiller says color accounts for 60 percent of our response to a room. Here is some advice.
Living room: Start with colors you love from something in the room. Consider colors from artwork, a rug, dishes, an accessory or furniture for a main color or accent. Buy two or three quarts of paint. Paint sample boards to hold up to the furniture, fabrics and surfaces you choose.
If you aren't sure where to begin with a color, experiment in a bathroom, a small hall or area between rooms. The dining room: Do you want the area to feel social and stimulating or be formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere. Deeper blue-greens and neutral colors make the dining area more formal.
The monochromatic color scheme: In any room, one color need not be boring. You can create bold or subtle variations within one color group with contrasting paint finishes. It helps to use matte finish paint for walls and slightly shiny eggshell paint for wood trim. The paint will appear to be a slightly different color. It can be attractive to paint an entire wall in a lighter or darker hue of the same color.
White or off-white tint can be a striking accent when used as trim with a monochromatic color group.
For bedrooms: Softer, cool colors and neutrals create a quiet feeling.
Children's bedrooms: Stay away from bright and intense wall colors, which are said to lead to unrest and irritability.
For an accent color in any room, select a warmer color, more toward reds, or a cooler color more toward blues, to compliment your main color group.