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The Psychology of Paint: Using Personality Traits to Select the Right Colors for Your Home

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

Choosing the right paint color for a room can make a big difference in how it feels and functions. But with so many colors and shades available, it can be hard to know where to start. One useful approach is to consider your personality and preferences and choose a paint color that reflects and enhances those traits.


According to the Big Five personality traits model, there are five broad dimensions of personality: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Each of these traits has its own unique characteristics and tendencies, which can guide your paint color choices.


1. If you score high in openness, you might want to consider bold and vibrant colors like deep purples, electric blues, and emerald greens. These colors can inspire creativity and imagination, and create an atmosphere of exploration and discovery. Consider using these colors in a creative space, like a home office or art studio, to stimulate your creative energy.


Benjamin Moore Exotic Purple



2. If you score high in conscientiousness, you may prefer calm and muted colors like soft grays, creamy whites, and subtle blues. These colors can create a clean and organized atmosphere that promotes focus and productivity. Consider using these colors in a workspace or study area, where you need to concentrate and stay on task.




3. For those who score high in extraversion, bright and cheerful colors like sunny yellows, fiery oranges, and bold reds can be a great choice. These colors can create an energetic and lively atmosphere that reflects your outgoing and sociable nature. Consider using these colors in a social space, like a living room or dining room, where you want to entertain and engage with others.




4. If you score high in agreeableness, you may prefer warm and inviting colors like soft pinks, gentle greens, and warm beiges. These colors can create a welcoming atmosphere that promotes harmony and connection. Consider using these colors in a bedroom or guest room, where you want your guests to feel comfortable and relaxed.





5. For those who score high in neuroticism, soothing and calming colors like light blues, gentle purples, and soft grays can be a great choice. These colors can create a tranquil atmosphere that promotes relaxation and calmness. Consider using these colors in a bathroom or bedroom, where you want to unwind and de-stress after a long day.




Of course, these are just general recommendations, and there are no hard and fast rules about which colors will work best. The most important thing is to choose colors that resonate with you and create the atmosphere you want in your space. With a little experimentation and creativity, you can find the perfect paint color to reflect your unique personality and preferences. So, whether you're a bold and creative thinker or a calm and collected organizer, there's a paint color out there that's perfect for you.


If you're still unsure which color to choose, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We can help you to unlock the full potential of your space and create a home that truly embodies your personality. Happy painting!




Please let me know if you find this blog post helpful. If you have interesting colors experience to share, leave a comment. Let's help others to benefit from our experience, and not to repeat our mistakes.

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