Color Your World (Or at Least your Walls) and Change Your Mood

Most of us have been spending more time at home lately, perhaps staring at those same walls and yearning for a different color, a new ambiance. Changing your mood may be as easy as painting your walls a new color. But which hues should you choose?

Whether you’re redesigning one room or your entire living space, there are ways to evoke specific emotions just by carefully selecting your wall color. By embracing the psychology of color, you can create a more lively living room, a creative kitchen, a calm and peaceful bedroom, or a studious-minded study. So go ahead, transform any room into your perfect vision.

Your choice of wall color can make an expansive room seem more intimate, or a too-small room appear a little larger. What atmosphere do you want to create?

We’ve gathered some enlightening information about how the wall colors in a room can affect your mood, your feelings, and even your actions.

 

What is Color Psychology?

Colors can affect our moods, including physical and emotional reactions. For instance, blue and green colors promote a relaxed, calm feeling, while yellows and orange colors can make us feel more energetic and productive.

Scientists, artists, and interior designers have been studying some form of color psychology for centuries. Long ago, some ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures practiced light therapy (also called chromotherapy) using colors to heal ailments.

More than 350 years ago, Sir Isaac Newton, an English scientist, discovered all the visible colors when he passed pure, white light through a prism. In his groundbreaking research, he found that each color, on a single wavelength, couldn’t be separated. However, some color lights could be combined into new colors, such as red and yellow lights forming orange light.

Over the years, the knowledge gained from studying color psychology has helped drive advertising, marketing, and art. It has also changed interior design decisions, from offices to homes. Some color/mood beliefs have even made it everyday sayings, like “I have the blues” or “I’m green with envy.”

Colors Have Personalities

Can your feelings and behaviors become altered – calmed, or enlivened, peace-filled, or energized – just by the colors around you? Yes.

When you’re choosing the dominating color of your rooms, it’s a good idea to keep “color personalities” in mind, along with your goal for that room. Do you want a soothing space for your teething toddler or an invigorating, creativity-inspiring color for your art or crafts room? Do you work at home and want to help boost your productivity?

The saturation of color – how deep, how intense the hue is – can also influence its effect. For instance, a bright, canary-yellow wall will have a more cheery effect than a subdued, muted yellow. A deep red color may be perceived as more aggression-inspiring than a more subtle, welcoming pink.

When perusing colors, keep in mind there are two types of colors: warm and cool. Interior decorators often choose a pleasing balance of both within a room.

Color Temperatures

Pick up a color wheel from your favorite arts and crafts store, interior designer, or home improvement store. You can also find a color wheel online. This wheel shows primary, tertiary and other colors and their relationships with one another. The color wheel also shows warm and cool colors. It’s an important tool in picking wall colors and complementing decor colors for furnishings and accessories or less dominant walls.

Warm Colors

Colors can be warm or cool, or with undertones of warm or cool. Warm colors tend to make a room look cozier and inviting. They can give small rooms the impression of being smaller, or make bigger rooms more intimate. Warm colors are reminiscent of sunsets and the warmth of the sun. They can be reds, browns, orange-reds, tans, yellows, and yellows with green undertones.

Cool Colors

On the opposite side of the color wheel are cool colors and colors with cool undertones. On walls, these colors give more of a calm, peaceful, soothing feel to a room. While warm colors advance, cool colors recede into the background, so if you have a small bedroom, a cool wall color helps make it look roomier. However, cooler colors may not feel as comforting as warm colors. Cool colors include blues, blue-greens, purples and lavenders, colors you may see on an overcast, gray, or winter day. They’re ideal for sunrooms or other airy places in your home.

When deciding on colors, don’t forget about neutral colors like whites, grays, and blacks, and all the color ranges within. These colors can be either warm or cool depending on their undertones.

How to Choose the Right Color

Now that you have a little knowledge about color temperatures and how colors can change the mood of a room, it’s time to explore ways to change up your own space. Here are some popular colors and the effect they may have on your room, and room choices.

Blue

Blue colors are excellent choices for bedrooms. A calming, serene color that helps you relax, re-balance, and clear your mind after a stressful day, blue also helps lower blood pressure and steady your breathing. These are great aspects to help you fall asleep or unwind. You can warm the cool blue colors with warm-colored accents. Walls in calming hues of blues and greens also are great for lounging rooms, offices, dining rooms, and living rooms.

Pink

Pink is a more subdued hue of red. Pink walls help relieve anger and other negative feelings, bringing a positive, balanced, imaginative feeling to the room. Subtle pink is perfect for instilling joy in bedrooms, nurseries, playrooms, and creative workspaces.

Green

Green hues are also excellent choices for sleep rooms or offices. Green invokes both an aura of prosperity and relaxing restoration. Green hues coax mind-clearing, composing, restful feelings. Green also is a great choice for people who love the outdoors, giving a natural look.

White

Many people like the crisp, clean look of white walls and ceilings. White can open up the look of your room, making it appear more spacious and pure. White ceilings seem higher, too. White, which evokes purity, goodness, and innocence, doesn’t add or subtract energy from your atmosphere. Instead, it’s a neutral choice, providing a blank canvas of sorts to accentuate your space with the warm or cool colors of your choice.

Red

Some people consider red as a romantic and social color, equating it to red roses, Valentine’s Day, or that sultry red party dress. However, psychologically, red is also paired with aggression and hostility. It can raise your heart rate and blood pressure and is linked with being irritable.

Carefully consider which room you want to paint red. You may not want the color in your bedroom, as it won’t promote peace, relaxation, and tranquility. Instead, reserve it for rooms where you entertain and hold gatherings, or one wall of a library or another room. Low-light rooms with red walls do exude an elegant aura.

Purple, Lavender

Purple is not just for kings and queens anymore. This rich, dramatic color is traditionally known as the color of luxury and royalty, with undertones of romance, sophistication, and mystery. Purple colors can spark creativity on the walls of your art studio, craft space, or family room.

If you love purple and want to repaint your bedroom, consider a lighter, more relaxing, and calming hue of purple like lavender or lilac.

Orange

Orange walls ensure an aura of energy, excitement, and enthusiasm. Bring this color into rooms where you exercise and want stimulation. Orange may be too intense for kitchens (you don’t want to be stimulated into eating), living rooms, or bedrooms if you want to relax in those rooms.

Yellow

Brighten the look of your room and boost your mood with lively, invigorating yellow walls. This cheery color increases your energy and helps instill a happy, joyful feeling. It can stimulate mental and physical energy and makes a great addition to your kitchen while you’re getting ready for the day with that first cup of coffee. Soak up the look of sunlight and flowers for an uplifting aura. This color also looks fantastic in the bathroom, laundry room, and porch walls, anywhere a sunny look is welcomed.

Black

Want your room to feel bold and sophisticated, edgy yet cozy? Consider painting one or more walls a sleek black. Dark walls pair perfectly with rich, sumptuous surroundings for an imposing and dramatic yet comforting ambiance. Black is synonymous with strength, authority, formality, and power. It can, however, make your room overly dark or foreboding.

Gray

Some of the most on-trend interior wall colors are the many warm and cool shades of gray. Gray colors promote a timeless, practical look, perfectly neutral for adding your own special touches.

Gray walls may cancel out creative, energetic impulses, though. Many homeowners prefer having gray hues in common areas and bedrooms and balancing them with complementing, more vibrant colors on accessories or non-dominant walls.

Get Creative and Have Fun

Whether it’s your whole house or one room at a time, transform your space with a color that’s perfectly you. Using the color wheel and color swatches, get creative and try different combinations of colors in your room with a balance of warm and cool colors. Finding the best home decor color can bring a fresh look to your space.

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1123 Lodgepole Drive, Evergreen, CO

1123 Lodgepole Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439 :: 3 Bedroom + Office, 2 Bath, 2,288 sq. ft.

CLOSED $5k over asking at $580,000!

Beautiful mountain retreat in the pines near Evergreen!  Enjoy the birds chirping and wildlife from your wrap around deck on a peaceful 1.39 acres.  Main level living with plenty of windows to capitalize on the gorgeous views. The main level features an open floor plan living area with doors leading out to the impressive deck.

The bonus lower level has a 2nd huge family room with a walk-out to the backyard, large bedroom, and updated ¾ bath.  The family room features an “All Nighter” woodstove that can heat the whole home as an alternate heat source!

Lots of charm throughout the home with detailed custom trim, custom baseboard covers, 1970s beetle kill pine on the walls & ceiling in the main level living area, custom barn-door, custom built-ins.  Lots of new updates including completely remodeled bathrooms with beautiful tile work and gorgeous vanities & fixtures, new hickory hardwoods in the main floor bedrooms, new slate tile in the hallway, new hot water heater, new gravel driveway, and more!

Time to move out of the city and to the peace & quiet of your home in the mountains! This is the home you’ve been waiting for.

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MLS Number: 2136717
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4693 Beach Court, Denver, CO

4693 Beach Court, Denver, CO 80211 :: 3 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath, 1,268 sq ft.

CLOSED!!  Sale Price: $507,000

Charming 1906 bungalow on a beautiful corner lot in the popular Sunnyside neighborhood.  You will feel worlds away from city life in your fenced-in backyard with mature trees, garden beds, flowers, and patio for grilling and entertaining.  Off the backyard, there is a large workshop wired with electrical, in addition to a 2 car garage!  Inside you will be treated to an open floor plan with the updated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and unique, custom beetlekill wood paneling on the ceiling.  Beautiful hardwood floors throughout.  Many smart home features including smart lighting, smart irrigation system, Nest theromstat, and Ring doorbell.  Home can either be a three bedroom or two bedrooms + a sunny office overlooking the backyard.  Lots of charm and character in the home — you will not be disappointed!  Make this lovely home yours before it is gone!

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MLS Number: 9076317
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6234 Nottinghill Gate, Boulder, CO

6234 Nottinghill Gate, Boulder :: 3 BDRM + office, 2.5 BATH, 4,362 sq ft.

Under Contract!  Offered at $875,000 — accepting back-up offers.  

If you’re looking for a home with a great layout in a desirable neighborhood & on a beautiful piece of property, then this is your home.  This custom ranch has a great floor plan with lots of square footage & flexible space in the home to create areas to suit your needs, including a huge, unfinished basement.  Great private office & incredible enclosed sun-porch that overlooks the fenced-in background. The neighborhood is located on a 12-mile trail system (LOBO trail), has a private HOA pool, park, & tennis courts. Enjoy the sunshine & fresh air in your beautiful yard or the private park!  Walk on the tree-lined trail to Avery Brewery, Boulder Country Day, & Twin Lakes.  Bike to Gunbarrel restaurants, delis, coffee shops, farms, & many breweries.  Only 10 min. drive to downtown Boulder!  This home really has everything you could want!

 
 
IRES MLS #: 922533
 
 
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283 Cheyenne Drive, Lafayette, CO

283 Cheyenne Drive, Lafayette :: 2 BDRM + 1.5 BATH, 1176 sq. feet

SOLD at asking price of $395,000!!

This 3-story townhome in the desirable Coal Creek Village has it all — great location, newer build, tons of light, attached 2-car garage, & even views!   The home is less than 5 years old and has been meticulously maintained by the original owner.  The main level is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing at home with an open concept kitchen & living room that opens to the large covered porch.  Kitchen is fully updated with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, under-cabinet lights, & new backsplash.  Heading up to the third floor, you’ll be greeted to the 2 bedrooms & full bathroom.  Wait until you see the extra large walk-in closet and mountain views in the master bedroom!  

On top of being beautiful, this townhome is also in a fantastic location.  The home sits right on the Coal Creek Trail and is next to a park & open space.  Only a 10 minute bike ride to Old Town Lafayette, 2.5 miles to Waneka Lake Park, and easy access to Boulder and Denver.

This is a must-see!  Please contact Beth for any questions or interest: beth@goodacreproperties.com.

 
MLS Number: 903487

 

 


The truth about online home shopping

The start of a home search for nearly everyone starts online…. Zillow.com, Trulia.com, realtor.com.  There are a ton of sites out there for people to view homes for sale, recently sold, or even get an estimate on what these sites think the value of a home is.  The problem is, this information can be widely inaccurate and this ultimately leads to disappointment & frustration for home shoppers & sellers alike.  Let me explain.

Not all homes for sale are syndicated on these public sites.

  • It is up to the seller to decide if they want their home listed on these public sites or not.  Therefore, all homes that are listed for sale on the real estate MLS ( multiple listing service) site are not necessarily shown for sale on the public sites.  Your dream property may not even coming up in your search, but it’s sitting right there on MLS.  To get a true picture of what is out there for sale, you’ll want to talk with a realtor.

Data is not refreshed in a timely manner.

  • The 3rd party sites aren’t always refreshed in a timely manner so what may still look like an active listing for sale on Zillow is actually under contract on MLS.  I’ve even had a buyer send me a house for sale on Zillow to get my opinion and when I looked at MLS, it was sold months ago.  You don’t want to fall in love with a house online to then see it’s not even for sale.

Data is not complete.

  • MLS has hundreds of fields that realtors can fill in to give a complete picture of what the home has.  The online public sites only have a fraction of that.  So if you have a specific requirement in a home, you may think it’s perfect from your search online, but once you actually see the home or your realtor does the digging for you, it turns out to be missing one of your requirements.

Online home value estimates are widely inaccurate.

  • These public sites are using an algorithm and do not take into account the true details of a house.  The public sites don’t know about improvements that have been made to the home and if information like the number of bedrooms or square footage is off, the online estimate will be off.  These sites also use comparable sales for their data points and what they think is a comp, may not be a comparable property when you look at the true factors of the houses.

Even with these points, I do still support buyers shopping online.  It is a good way to get a taste of the different types of homes & a general idea of what is out there.  Once a buyer has spent time searching online, the safest bet is to share what they found with a realtor and go look at the homes in person.  Pictures online can be hiding some important characteristics about the home and you can only get the true picture until you are on the property.

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If you have been poking around online on your own and you want to share with a REALTOR® what you have been looking at in Colorado, I’d love to help!  Please email me at beth@goodacreproperties.com or reach out via the contact information below:


New Construction Doesn’t Mean Problem-Free

I’ve heard it many times on showings or while having conversations with people — the assumption that a new build won’t come with any problems. Unfortunately, new doesn’t mean problem-free. In fact, new homes will likely have some issues whether it be missed construction items or construction defects. Even with an inspection of the home, some issues may not be uncovered until the buyer moves in which can be frustrating. I recently read an article from one of the inspection companies I work with that brings to light some of the common problems with new construction.

Read the article from Scott Homes here: https://bit.ly/2xzn7IR

To highlight some of the items they discuss:

  1. Dirty duct systems
  2. Doors that don’t close properly
  3. Windows issues
  4. Incorrect plumbing or appliance hook-ups
  5. Overlooked painting

If you are thinking of a new build, this article is worth a read. If you need help with your home search in Colorado, I would love to help! Please reach out via the contact tab here or email me at beth@goodacreproperties.com.


Important Home Health Items

As a REALTOR®, I help my buyers ensure they are taking the appropriate measures to validate that the home they are buying is safe for their family.  Typically this involves an inspection by a certified inspector during the transaction period.  As standard practice, the inspector will do a whole-home inspection, but there are often optional add-ons to test for items that can cause serious health concerns.  Being aware of a few key items that can be of concern is important so you can ask the right questions to the inspector, request the right tests, and be knowledgeable moving forward living in your home.

Here are three important items to be made aware of:

#1 ~ Lead

Homes built before 1978 have a high likelihood of containing lead-based paint.  Lead can be dangerous if not managed properly and disturbing surfaces with lead-based paint or removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.  If you are buying, renting, or renovating a home built before 1978 and have children under the age of 6, you may want to have it checked for lead-based paint.  Lead is especially dangerous to children under the age of 6 because their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.  However, be aware that lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good condition and if it is not on an impact or friction surface like a window.  Always keep painted surfaces in good condition to minimize deterioration.

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#2 ~ Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance whose fibers were mixed into many products, including building materials.  In the 70s and 80s, reports started to emerge that inhaling the small fibers of asbestos could cause health complications including lung cancer. Since then, the US government has restricted the use of asbestos, but that still leaves us with many homes that were built with materials containing asbestos.  The top 5 products that you can find asbestos in are:

  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Asbestos ceiling tiles popular between 1950s – 1980s, often found in kitchen ceilings or remodeled basement areas
  • Vinyl floor tiles – the most commonly produced vinyl tile product containing asbestos was the 9×9 inch tile that was sealed to floors with adhesive.
  • Heating duct pipe wrapping – asbestos insulation was widely used on heating pipes and sometimes on water pipes.
  • Vermiculite –  a popular attic insulation material used in houses built from 1900-1940s

Be aware that asbestos is not considered harmful unless it is damaged or disturbed in some way, which could release the dangerous fibers into the air. As the EPA states: “Asbestos-containing materials that aren’t damaged or disturbed are not likely to pose a health risk. Usually, the best thing is to leave asbestos-containing material alone if it is in good condition.”

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#3 ~ Radon

Radon is toxic gas that is derived from naturally decaying uranium in the soil. Uranium is naturally found in our soils all across the nation, and is especially prevalent in Colorado.  Uranium can be found below homes both new or old and as it decays, it releases radon gas.  The radon gas rises to the surface and can rise through gaps and cracks in a homes foundation or walls.  It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless and can only be detected with radon testing equipment.  It is considered to be carcinogenic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and a leading cause of lung cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency sets radon safety levels at 4.0 pCi/L (pico-curies-per-liter) and if a home is found to have radon levels at or above this, it is advised to do radon mitigation.  Since radon can be found below homes both new or old, it would be a wise safety measure to always do a radon test within the inspection period.

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If an inspector does uncover any of these items during the inspection period, you can speak with your realtor about options on how to move forward.  Most important is that you are aware of the concerns and can make a smart decision on how you want to move forward.

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3239 Zuni Street, Denver

3239 Zuni Street, Denver :: 3 Bedroom, 4 Bath, 2,292 Sq. Feet, Built in 2005 ::
SOLD!!
Look no further than this contemporary & classy townhome in an unbeatable location in the Denver Highlands – just a short walk to the Highland’s hottest restaurants.  You’ll feel at home once you walk in the door – greeted with an open floor plan and a gorgeous kitchen with new granite countertops, partial butcher block for cooking, and expanded island for entertaining.  Upstairs has three bedrooms and 2 full baths – including the 5-piece master en-suite complete with a jetted tub.  On the lower level, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with a large media or bonus room and open the french doors to the 4th bedroom (or home office) with attached 3/4 bath.  Outside you will find a private, quiet backyard perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. Other updates include new roof (2018), new carpet upstairs (2016), contemporary interior paint, renovated laundry room, new hot water heater (2016), all lighting is LED and was replaced in 2016.
This beautiful home in an incredible location has it all – make it yours before it is gone!
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MLS Numbers: 878823, 6941713

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