What's Your Color IQ?

Are you a color expert or a total color novice? Do you know if red is a soothing color? What color is best suited for a room with lots of natural sunlight? Let's test your color knowledge and see how much you really know!

Randall Murphy
On Sep 10, 2015

What color is typically the most soothing?

How might you expect people to react if they spend time in a room with red walls?

What color might be best suited for a room that gets a lot of natural light?

What's the best color or paint scheme to use to make a room look larger?

What are "complimentary colors"?

Which is the best use of a "contrasting color" in a room?

Why do paint stores sell sample sizes of paint colors?

What's a good shade of gray to use in a home with conservative furnishings?

You're a color expert!

You're a color expert!

You're a color expert! You know that blue is a naturally soothing color, that red makes us energetic and aggressive and that yellow is the best color suited for a room with lots of natural light. You also know the difference between a complimentary color and a contrasting color! Your impressive color IQ makes you a natural artist and designer at heart. You notice small details that others easily miss and you have a natural intuition for beauty that sets you apart. You are truly a color genius!

Your color knowledge is above average!

Your color knowledge is above average!

Your color knowledge is above average! Your color IQ is a work in progress but you know far more than most people. You instinctively know the effect of color on our moods and personalities. You know that blue naturally soothes us while red gets us riled up. You most likely know the difference between contrasting and complimentary colors! But there's always room for improvement! Break out the color wheel and build on your already above-average knowledge to achieve true color expert status!

You're a color novice!

You're a color novice!

Uh oh! You're a color novice! It's time for some tough love! You need to brush up on your color knowledge. Are you taking notes? Blue is a calming and soothing color, while red makes us energetic and more aggressive. Yellow is the best color suited for a room with lots of natural light. Complimentary colors are colors located next to each other on the color wheel and stores sell sample sizes of paint so that you can give the color a try in small amounts without making a big commitment. Also, never use dark gray or silver paint for a traditional room - only light gray! Now review these facts and in no time you too can be a color expert!