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What’s in a Color? Six Paint Colors That Will Affect Your Mood

What’s in a Color? Six Paint Colors That Will Affect Your MoodBelieve it or not, paint colors can affect your mood. When remodeling your home, the color you use on the walls can end up being just as critical to the thematic consistency of your home as the furniture you use to decorate it.

Before you slap any old color on the walls, take some time to consider what mood you’d like each room to inspire.

Red, Yellow And Orange: The Colors Of Excitement, Hunger And Happiness

Ever wonder why the dining rooms, kitchens and entertainment rooms you see in magazines always seem come in every shade of red? It’s because these rooms are dedicated to eating and leisure time. Shades of red, especially bright, vibrant reds, have been linked to increased appetite and increases in energy levels.

In a similar vein, we have shades of yellow. Typically, yellow hues have been known to encourage feelings of happiness and joy.

That said, it’s a good idea to steer clear of especially bright shades of yellow that can be harder on the eyes, as they can foster feelings of frustration and an inability to concentrate.

Orange, like red, provides a great way to bring up energy levels, but like yellow, is prone to cause irritation when used excessively. People are more likely to be excitable and show more enthusiasm in rooms that incorporate this color. In order to reap the benefits of orange without causing irritation, restrict your use of it to the odd wall here and there.

Blue, Green And Purple: The Colors Of Restfulness, Peace And Serenity

It’s no surprise that blue is the color of calm and relaxation. For bedrooms and bathrooms, blue hues are ideal for inspiring restfulness; however, this color’s calming influence makes it a poor paint color choice for high traffic areas where high energy levels are necessary.

Occasionally, overusing this color – especially in darker shades – can bring moods down beyond calmness and into sadness and depression.

Green is yet another color that inspires peace and restfulness. The advantage of green is that the serenity it brings on is accompanied by feelings of rejuvenation and replenishment. Think of green spaces as places where you can gather yourself and quietly rebuild your energy levels.

Purple is often associated with lavishness and luxury in deep, rich hues that spark creative thinking. In lighter shades, it has the same calming influence of blue but, thanks to its red undertones, none of the sadness that blue can often have.

Making The Most of These Colors: A Little Goes A Long Way

It’s unlikely that you will be painting any of the rooms in your house in a single shade of any of these colors. Experiment with different shades and work with colors that inspire similar emotions to break up the visual impression of the room.

You can use neutral paint colors like brown, black and white to bring depth to room, or to suppress the harsh tones of brighter colors like yellow and orange.

Psychologists have long known that colors affect mood, and in recent years, the interior design world has caught on as well. Now that you understand how paint colors can alter your mood, it’s important to paint your walls wisely.

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Most Expensive U.S. Home Sale Ever: Connecticut Estate Goes For $120 Million

Posted in Existing Home Sales, Home Values, Housing Analysis, Real estate, Real Estate Trends, The Economy by southorangecounty on May 1, 2014

A recent article from Erin Carlyle, of

Ladies and gentlemen, a new record has been set: Copper Beech Farm is now the most-expensive home sale in the United States–ever. The estate, at 499 Indian Field Road in Greenwich, Connecticut, closed Friday for $120 million.

That figure shatters the prior record held by Softbank billionaire Masayoshi Son, who paid $117.5 million for his Woodside estate in November 2012.  It also beats the highest home sale of 2014 to date, the $102 million purchase of the Fleur de Lys Estate in Los Angeles’s Holmby Hills by someone whose legal firm shares an address with Michael Milken.

David Ogilvy & Associates, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estatehad the listing, and Christie’s confirmed the sale to FORBES. The buyer was not disclosed, but purchased through an LLC.

The 50-acre estate originally listed for $190 million in May, then dropped the price by $50 million in September to $140 million. Subsequently, the listing dropped another $10 million before closing for $120 million last week. That’s a very speedy sale–less than a year–for a house at such a high price   point.

“It was 11 months from start to finish,” Ogilvy told FORBES. “But if you find the right buyer, there is nothing else that would fill the bill. There’s just no other 50-acre waterfront piece–nothing within 45 minutes of New York.”

Named for the copper beech trees populating the property, Copper Beech Farm was built in 1896. Harriet Lauder Greenway (whose father, George Lauder, helped Andrew Carnegie create U.S. Steel) purchased the property in 1904 and lived there for more than 75 years. The seller, timber tycoon John Rudey, bought the home three decades ago in an off-market deal. Until last year’s listing, the estate had not been publicly available for purchase for more than a century. The property is the largest waterfront estate on the coastline between Greenwich and New York City.

The estate includes a 13,519-square-foot main house with 12 bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths and a wood-paneled library. Additional selling points: a solarium, a wine cellar, and a three-story-high, wood-paneled foyer. Most of the house’s rooms include fireplaces and sleeping porches, which were used as more breezy bedrooms during the oppressively hot summer months prior to air conditioning.

“The buyer plans to keep the home intact,” Ogilvy said, rather than tear it down or do a gut renovation. The front door is 40 feet above main high water, he noted, and although that provides incredible views across Long Island Sound it also helps allay concerns about potentially disastrous natural events.

The local paper, the Greenwich Time, was the first to report the sale.


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