Importance of color
Color can play a crucial role in the physical world around us. It can literally sway the way we think, change our actions and cause reactions. Some colors are soothing to your eyes, other may irritate you, raise your blood pressure suppress your hunger. When used appropriately and thought out, color can even help save money on energy costs.
Color also communicates to us. Red tells us to “stop” everywhere in our society and green means “go ahead”. We apply these fundamentals to many things because it’s universally known. Other colors such as blue and yellow can also convey messages or feelings, which is why your home should be carefully thought out. Your website, business cards, brand logo - even your choice of car all say things about how color affects your life.
Color affects people in many ways, depending on age, gender, ethnic background and climate. Certain colors (or groups of colors) tend to get a similar reaction from most people, which is why it’s so important to choose colors wisely when it comes to decorating.
Room colors and how you feel
Colors will basically have three effects on humans: passive, neutral and active. Each room in your home can be matched to your personal tastes or desires to suit the room’s purpose. Dark colors in a room typically feel sophisticated and warm and can give large spaces or more intimate feeling. Light colors feel airy and expansive and can increase the size of a space visually and mentally.
Red, as shown in the example above, can raise a room’s energy level or the exterior of a house. Red is the most intense color and it can get your adrenaline pumping without doing much more than just being there. It is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. You can make a bold first impression when entering your home if red it used in the right way.
Orange: open your mind
The color orange can be a tough one for many; maybe a tougher sell than red. This vibrant hue opens the door to self-expression. You can use orange to shed off a few years and few younger - it represent celebration and laughter. Or you can splash orange here and there, with the addition of kitchen accessories, office gadgets, throw pillows or maybe you’d like to bring a vase of orange preserved roses into your main living space.
Green: the color of money
Some people enjoy painting their things green because it reminds them of growth, nature, regeneration and wealth. Green may encourage you to manifest new talents or envision your future. You don’t have to get crazy with green… try a side table, throw pillow, corner chair or even your front door.
The color of blue (or light blue) is known to dissolve tension and promote tranquillity. Light blue especially brings ease into the home and harmony into relationships. Surrounding yourself with it helps calm aggressive tendencies and eliminates uneasiness. If you are thinking about making your bedroom a sanctuary, try brining light blue into the room by painting the ceiling, changing your head board or adding accent elements.
To encourage relaxation in social areas, large kitchens or family rooms, consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise. Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main color of a room. Dark blue has the opposite effect, evoking feelings of sadness. Refrain from using darker blues in your main color scheme. If you enjoy being sad, you might be interesting in reading this article on How To Paint With Black.
Yellow: mental focus
The color yellow is known for enhancing intelligence and mental agility. It can help stimulate conversation and clarify thoughts. You can paint the walls yellow and feel happy all the time, or accent a section of the room. You can also go small - think a cup of pencils, pillows or charming signs on the wall.
You often see the color aqua in bathrooms, perhaps because it is associated with water, beaches, sunny places. It becomes much easier to decorate in themes such as seashells and crabs when aqua is the prominent color in the room.
Choosing the right color is really important when it comes to your home and integral to the success of your home’s design. Color may end up being one of the most crucial aspects of your home remodel. It can bring visual appeal and increased comfort to a space. Colors in the kitchen can stir your appetite. The color of a bath can make you feel more relaxed.
Think it through. Hire an interior designer if your home is where you’ll be spending most of your time.