You’ve heard that pale green is the “it” color of 2022, that a red kitchen can decrease your home’s value when you go to sell it and that anyone dreaming of a spa-like escape is painting their bathroom blue. But what about what will bring you joy? If Modsy’s 2021 Wellness report is any indication, it may be time to think beyond what’s trending—or what will boost your ROI—and venture into less conventional territory.
After surveying more than 1,500 people, the interior design service found that purple and yellow were among the least popular colors to paint a home, but those who took the plunge tended to feel happiest in their homes as a result. (And no, they didn’t necessarily pair those colors together, nor did the survey reveal a bias toward Lakers fans.)
So why is that, other than the fact that yellow has long been associated with feelings of positivity and happiness? A deeper dive into the data yields more insights: People who painted a room with either color also tended to feel safe in their homes (98 percent of those who chose violet and 87 who picked yellow) and in control of their space (71 and 68 percent, respectively). That suggests that it’s less about the color making them feel that way and more that they feel so confident and comfortable in their space that they feel free to let their walls reflect their boldest selves—even if it’s not the popular choice.