A color is the effect of electromagnetic waves registered by our brain and eyes. Yet, it plays a very important role in all of our lives. Color has the ability to create feelings, awareness, and moods. Designers and homeowners have the ability to utilize color appropriately to create certain moods in any given space.
What does your favorite color say about your space or how does it makes others feel? According to psychologists, this is a list of what feelings can be evoked by specific colors in spaces…
Red is the color of passion, danger, power and strength. We find this color in fire, blood and associated with the heart. Red can stimulate and excite. It can be warm and inviting and make you feel energetic. Red is best if used in small doses, such as an accent wall, furniture, and room decor. Using too much red can be over-stimulating causes feelings of discomfort.
Orange is fun, dynamic and energetic color. It can be used in many areas of the home. Such as a child’s room, dining room, office and the living room. Accent pieces can be used to bring individuality and originality to your space. Orange symbolizes courage and hospitality. It can evoke enthusiastic, motivational, adventurous and friendly feelings.
Yellow is the color of wisdom, compassion, prosperity and sympathy. Using yellow can make space feel welcoming, invigorating and fresh. Dining rooms, kitchen and living rooms are the best spaces to utilize yellow. Just like red, if overused it can cause over stimulation and uneasiness. It you are worried about the overuse of yellow, use a couple accent pieces of furniture or use yellow on an accent wall.
Blue is one of the most important colors in interior design. It causes a profound effect on the human mind. In bedrooms, blue can instill a sense of serenity and peace and can be a very soothing color. In bathrooms, it can be used for creating a tranquil atmosphere similar to a spa. This cool, quiet and reserved color can also represent formality. Blue is best paired with white or other lighter hues. It is said that blue is the most relaxing color on the color wheel. But, be careful when using too much blue for it can cause feelings of sorrow and desolation.
Green symbolizes hope, luck, and abundance. This refreshing and peaceful color partners well with many other colors. We find green in all of nature and can make you feel composed, safe and serene. Green looks great with white and is best utilized in living rooms, laundry rooms, bedrooms, and offices.
Purple is a dramatic and dignified color. Purple lift’s the spirit. It stimulates creativity, and it inspires a positive mood. It pairs best with jewel tones like emerald green and even complementary hues like beige, yellow and pink. Using purple in public spaces can show distinguished power and courage.
Brown can induce a feeling of serenity and comfort to your home. Brown is not found anywhere else in the color chart and is often considered a neutral color. Brown color can be very pleasant if we think of chocolate, coffee, and cakes. This color is found very often in nature. In many places, brown is the color of earth. So brown can give us a sense of security and stability.
Black symbolizes malicious, mourning and death. On the contrast black also symbolizes wisdom, poise, and sophistication. In interior design, it is always used in small doses with contrasting and complementary colors. If used correctly it can add depth and timeless elegance to a room. Avoid using black in large quantities; it can seem oppressive and depressing.
White can be used to create a refreshing and clean look in your home. White is used to creating an airy, quiet and pure appearance. If white is used on walls, furniture, ceiling or floor it may give the impression that the space is much higher than it is and can give an invigorating freshness. You can use white in combination with other neutral colors. Black, brown or gray with white fit very well. To take advantage of psychological effects of the white color, you should not use it much, just to emphasize certain things, such as windows and doors frames from.
Gray interiors give a space a subtle formality and elegance without being too conservative. The closer gray gets to black, the more dramatic and mysterious it can become. The closer gray gets to white, the more illuminating and lively it can become. Using gray in the correct manner can create a clean and refreshing appearance. If you have too many gray areas will a space can become predominant and create a tiresome and uninteresting environment.
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