It is no secret that times are hard and the economy is down, but that doesn’t mean you have to put off updating and modernizing your kitchen or bathroom. One of the most inexpensive ways to freshen up and transform any room in your home is also one that provides a huge impact. Simply put – we’re talking about color.

A splash of color from bright, fresh paint can take any room and make it look new and vibrant. Maybe you’re thinking of a pure white for your kitchen. This certainly gives it a newly remodeled feel. Or perhaps you are into brighter colors, like apple green or bold reds and oranges. Maybe it’s your bathroom that needs renovation. A light blue or tan and brown could give you more of a spa feel and provide that quiet, relaxing place you’ve been missing all these years in your home.

Colors behave in three basic ways – active, passive, and neutral. They all have psychological values. You can easily match every room’s colors to your personal likes and style, as well as the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are warm, rich and sophisticated; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance and feel. Picking a specific color to go in a particular room is important because colors emit different emotions.

Colors and paint not only make you feel and react a certain way when you see them, but they also can visually affect the size and shape of the room, as well as those of the furnishings found within that room. For something so simple, the results are quite significant. And always remember – the colors you choose should reflect who you are and how you want your house to feel. That is how you know you will enjoy the complete look of your new kitchen, bathroom, or any room, for years to come.