This study could help you save up to £270 on your heating bills

Posted: 22nd May 2019

Getting the temperature of your home spot on can be tricky, with thermostat battles normally being becoming the order of the day

However, this could be set to become a thing of the past, with scientists revealing the paint colour you should be aiming for if you want your home to feel warmer - and it could help you save money too.

The research, designed by Professor Charles Spence, was carried out at Valspar's Love Your Colour experience, with 157 participants taking part. The study went on to test whether certain colours are able to affect how perception of body temperature.

Placing them in three separate rooms - each with an ambient temperature of 18C - participants then recorded how their body temperature felt in each room, which had been painted in a spectrum of primary colours. These were aiming to test the exact impact colour can have on our senses.

It was revealed that even though each room stayed the same temperature, 31 per cent thought the olive-green room was the warmest. Interestingly, the average perceived temperature was 20.3C, while some even went so far as to say they felt 5 degrees warmer.

The Committee on Climate Change has called on the nation to turn their thermostats down - and olive green could be the solution to helping us still feel warm, despite this. Even adjusting the temperature by 2-3C could not only help the planet, but see you save up to £270 on heating bills each year too - not too shabby.

Commenting on it, Professor Charles Spence, the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, said: "Taking inspiration from the primary colour spectrum, each Valspar shade used was specifically chosen to test their effect on the senses. This illustrative study goes some way to showing that our senses are intrinsically linked and that the colour our walls are painted can really impact our thermal comfort."

"Olive green features undertones of warming shades, such as yellow and brown, which may explain why it was such a popular choice for making participants physically warmer when it came to body temperature. In regards to the home, these suggestive findings offer some intriguing possible solutions on how to help save on fuel costs."

Valspar used the following shades in the study: -              

Manzanilla Olive
Blue Moon Glow
Coral Bloom
Ochre Mountain
Pink Ribbon Care
Royal Velvet

As an added bonus, if you try Valspar and don't like the colour, you'd be able to change it for free, thanks to their Love Your Colour Guarantee - pretty good, eh?

Jane Ryder, European Marketing Director at Valspar explains: To encourage consumers to try out a new paint colour, we’ve launched the Love Your Colour Guarantee. If you don’t like the shade of Valspar you’ve chosen, tell us about it and we will replace it free of charge. So what better time to try olive green and heat up your home!”