What Do Your House Colors Say About You?

    Picking out a can of paint is never easy. You go in thinking, “Oh, white will be fine,” and then you’re faced with a slew of 100+ shades of white that you didn’t even know existed. Which is why most people take a lot of time to pick out the colors for the interior of their homes.

    On top of that, there are a few other factors you may want to consider. Because, believe it or not, the colors that you do wind up choosing can tell a good deal about your personality and have a direct impact on your day-to-day life.

    Did you know that wall color gives an immediate first impression to new guests and can affect how conversation takes place amongst family members? And you thought you just had to pick a color based on what you liked, huh?

    If walls could talk…well…this is what they would say:

    Bright Colors

    If you find yourself attracted to paints that are bright and vibrant, such as greens, blues, oranges, and yellows, you’re telling people that you have a pretty friendly person. Those of us who choose to coat our walls with bright colors tend to have a more outgoing personality. Great news for your house guests because they’ll enjoy your pleasant conversation in rooms that tend to encourage communication and provide a nice spacious feeling. Not bad, right?

    Dark Colors

    On the other side of the color spectrum, if you are leaning more towards darker color palettes such as deep reds, purples, blues, or greens, you may be exhibiting a more reserved personality. Dark wall colors tend to restrict a space and eliminate that welcoming feeling. It’s been said that navy blue, for instance, can inhibit a person’s willingness to communicate. Which may be perfect for you if you’re not necessarily a Chatty Cathy anyway. If you like the color but don’t want to limit communication, you can use the paint as an accent wall or simply use it in the right place. Navy can actually convey comfort and security for small spaces like a reading nook. This can feel calming to an introverted personality.

    Warmer Colors

    Nice warm oranges and yellows can raise the perceived temperature of a room and inspire activity. Choosing these colors won’t necessarily make you known as a “relaxed” person, but more as a “get up and go” kind of guy or gal. Also, this paint color just begs for action, so don’t use it in a bedroom or anywhere you’d like to relax. This would be a great choice for a play room or a home gym.

    Cooler Colors

    If you have a relaxed personality and like to live in a serene and calming environment, you probably would do well with cold colored walls such as icy light blues and greens. These are great colors for bedrooms to help you wind down in the evening. Or if you like to share your calm nature with your guests, you can use this color throughout the house.

    Neutral Colors

    Greys, tans, and whites have become very popular in the past decade or so. So what does it mean when you follow this trend? Well, for one it probably means you like to follow trends. But mostly, people who choose neutral colors are neutral about most things, often to the point of being indifferent. You’re craving a blank canvas. People who choose neutrals also tend to prefer a safe, secure and balanced existence and aren’t really looking for too much excitement. Neutrals are a great choice in any part of your house, just make sure you add color elsewhere to liven things up.

    Red Colors

    While we’ve already touched on red a bit as a dark color, there are lighter reds. So what does it mean if you want to paint a red room? Those who choose red tend to have a real passion for life and they want to show it! Red walls can raise your energy level the second you step into it. The intensity of a red room can really show off your personality, but it can also make other people feel irritable and hostile. Red has even been shown to raise blood pressure and speed respiration and heart rate.  So be careful if you’re considering red for common areas, such as your family room.

    As you can see, the color of a room can be a direct reflection of your personality. Don’t worry too much about what colors you choose, just remember to use the right colors in the right rooms.

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    Josh Mente

    Real Estate Leader Josh Mente, is a founding member and owner of The MD Home Team of Keller Williams Excellence, and is responsible for business administration and marketing for the firm. Josh’s career path began in 1998 as a loan officer for Eastern Savings Bank, where he managed national accounts. He later joined Option One Mortgage originating more than 500 transactions per year valued at $100M+ in sales. In 2006, Mente shifted his expertise to real estate sales, gained his license and focused on buy/fix/sell transactions. Josh is a member of Elite Real Estate Network (ERN), the 2009 Rookie of the Year for Long and Foster corporate, and in 2012 ranked 206 and 2013 ranked 234 in Real Trends of the Wall Street Journal, ranking in the top 250 agents nationwide for all brokerages. From any early age, Josh was introverted and worked hard to overcome a fears of sales - a business that doesn't lend itself well to introverted people. When challenged by a manager that he didn’t have what it took for a specific job, Josh pushed forward and won approval in his new position. That was a pivotal moment that set the pace for his success in real estate sales. Having earned an AA degree from Montgomery College in business administration in 1995 and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Towson University in Mass Communications 1997, Josh married his college sweetheart Melinda and they now have three wonderful daughters that provide the opportunity to watch them grow up and experience things for the first time. A committed sports fanatic, Josh spends time on the golf course, and follows the Ravens and Orioles as a season ticket holder. He is a part owner of two restaurants in Manhattan, enjoys music and time away with the family at their beach house in Rehoboth, DE. He hopes to find time for his hobbies that include building furniture, playing guitar, learning Spanish and flying planes.

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