Color impacts a room’s energy. Think the color on your walls and the way you feel aren’t linked? Think again. It’s a scientific fact that color affects mood. That’s why you’ll hear phrases like “feeling blue” or “green with envy” again and again.
While choosing one color won’t automatically send your attitude into a tailspin, it can play an important part in how you approach your day. To bring out the personality of your room, keep these tips in mind.
When it comes to color, everything is about balance. If you love one color, you can combine it with other colors to evoke different moods. For example, red is an aggressive color; yet pink has been proven to reduce aggressiveness.
Colors are either warm or cool. Warm colors are located on one side of the color wheel, cool colors are on the opposite side. Warm shades have rich undertones in reds, yellows and oranges. Cool shades include purples, blues and greens. While warm tones are radiant and cozy, cool shades have a calming effect. Warm shades make rooms appear smaller and more intimate, cooler shades make a room appear larger.
Neutral colors are the non-colors – white, gray and black. They typically can have either a warm or cool undertone, and can play an important role in bringing out additional colors you select for a room.
Primary colors when used together can bring back memories of school days (not necessarily good memories for some people). Therefore use them sparingly when placed together. Alone, blue is a popular choice for bedrooms because it soothes and relaxes. It can also be the perfect color for bathrooms, offices or study rooms where you need to have focus and attention. Reds show passion and energy, and can stimulate appetites and conversations. Which is why you’ll find reds in many kitchens and dining rooms. Yellows bring out cheerfulness and energy. It’s a great choice for ceiling color, and reflects light, making it the perfect choice for poorly lit rooms.
Secondary colors are created by mixing together to primary colors. Green – blue and yellow – can be very refreshing and calming. Many people feel at home with green, so it’s a choice you’ll find in every room in the home. Orange – red and yellow – is good as an accent color but comes off often overbearingly when used alone. Purple – red and blue – gives off a contemporary and sophisticated vibe. Historically, purple is a color of royalty, which is why you’ll find it in many places where people want to show their regal side.
Tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors together. think red-violet, yellow-orange, or blue-green. Tertiary colors are where you’ll find most interior pain selections.
Neutrals can take on a variety of characteristics depending on what they are paired with. Black works best as an accent color, providing dignity and sophistication. Brown brings security and safety into play. Gray is one of the most popular neutrals, because many colors are created with gray undertones. White has a sense of purity and cleanliness, calming a busy room and giving the eye a rest.
While there is no right or wrong way to approach color within your home, these tips are a guide to help you choose the right colors for you.
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