Many people like to make bold statements in their house by selecting daring colors, but are they what you need? Study shows that colors can affect your mood, feelings, and emotions. Did you know that certain colors have been linked to increased metabolism, increased blood pressure and eyestrain?
Color selection should be an enjoyable activity in decorating your home, so let us learn the do’s and don’ts of color selection and create the perfect room.
What your color should be doing
“Colour creates, enhances, changes, reveals and establishes the mood of the painting.” Although Painter Kiff Holland is referring to a painting, the same applies to a room. After all, who knows more about colors than a painter does. Let’s start an easy point
Well we have all heard of three terms referred to in decor when it comes to color: warm colors, cool colors and neutral colors.
Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors they include red, orange and yellow. These colors are radiant and cozy. They tend to make spaces appear smaller.
Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple and green. Make rooms feel colder and spacious.
Neutral colors (or non-colors)
Neutral colors are white, gray and black. On its own neutral colors can look a bit bland but adding other colors adds interest and character.
The meaning of colors
Note,different shades in the same color can evoke different moods. For example, red an aggressive color is different pink which reduces aggressive behavior. Dark blue produces feelings of sadness whereas light blue evokes a calm feeling.
- Red used to stimulate the body and mind. It increase circulation, raises blood pressure and speed respiration. stimulating appetites and conversation. Good for living room or dining room.
- Yellow makes many people feel cheerful, happy, and energetic. Great for the kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, living room and for small places such as corridors.
- Blue relaxes, soothes, calms us and improve focus and productivity. Blue is a popular choice for bedrooms, office or child’s study area, bathrooms and laundry areas.
- Green is considered the most restful color. it is balancing, healing, and relaxing. Suitable for most rooms.
- Purple, dark purple is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth.
- Neutrals (black, gray, white, and brown)
Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Black connotes sophistication, power, elegance, and modernity.
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