Color Therapy Quiz

Is your house sad? Does it feel like the walls are closing in? Has your kitchen lost its appetite? Your house doesn't need a shrink, just a little color therapy!

Take this simple quiz and find out how a little color can be a magic pill for your home.

1. The kitchen is the center of activity in your house and you're looking for a color that will be cheerful and welcoming. The best color for the job is:

a) Green
b) Violet
c) Yellow

Answer: Yellow
Yellow is sunshine for your kitchen. Yellow is always cheerful and welcoming and is a great choice for a kitchen or breakfast nook. Use a lighter shade like a soft lemon yellow that is easy on the eye.

2. Which group of colors makes a room look bigger?

a) Violet, blue, green
b) Yellow, orange, red
c) Black, brown, gray

Answer: Violet, blue, green
On the color wheel, the cool colors are violet, blue, and green and they tend to make items recede. Warm colors like red, orange, and yellow tend to make items advance or appear closer. The cool colors make a room look larger, while warm colors make a room look smaller.

3. What color would be perfect in a library or den where you do most of your reading and studying?

a) Dark Green
b) Chartreuse
c) Purple

Answer: Green
Green is the one color that focuses directly on the retina, so it's the easiest color for the eye to see. Use green wherever you plan to read, relax, concentrate and focus. Green for a library or study is a perfect choice. Choose a darker shade like Hunter or French green.

4. The color police will cite you for painting your kitchen what color?

a) Taupe
b) Blue
c) Pink

Answer: Blue
The color blue is not a desirable color for a kitchen. There are no "blue" foods (except for berries), so the color kind of puts an unappetizing cast on food. Dieters have been known to put a blue light bulb in the fridge to curb their appetite.

5. To make a ceiling appear higher than it actually is, you should:

a) Paint the walls a lighter color.
b) Paint the ceiling a lighter color than the walls.
c) Keep everything white, white, white.

Answer: Paint the ceiling lighter than the walls
You can make the ceiling in a room appear to be higher by painting it a lighter color than the walls...and it doesn't have to be white.

6. The truth about paint color is:
a) In a room with little light, the walls will reflect each other and will look darker, so choose a shade lighter than you think.
b) Paint color will darken as it dries.
c) All of the above

Answer: All of the above
All of the above is true about paint color. Sunlight and artificial light can really change the look of your paint color...and paint color will darken as it dries so most experts suggest choosing a shade lighter than what you see on a paint chip card. The best thing to do before painting is to paint the color on a white piece of cardboard or poster board and tape it to the wall. See it during all periods of the day before committing paintbrush to paint can.

Project art So, how did you do? Hopefully, you've now learned that color immediately affects your mood and energy and unlike chocolate and champagne, paint color won't add an inch to your hips or break the bank.

Before committing to a painted room, test the paint out on a large piece of poster board. Hang it up on the wall and look at it during the day and at night to make sure you love it. And once you're comfortable with adding color to your walls, the ceilings are next!

For information about painting, check out the following articles from the Home How-To Guide:

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