How To Use Color In Decorating

28 Oct

Room Color Can Affect Your Mood.

People frequently tell us that they feel paralyzed when thinking of how to use color in decorating. This blog post will cover how to use color and how it can affect you.

Keep in mind that each color has a psychological value. Think about how those colors make you feel- they can influence any feeling from tranquility to rage. So when trying to create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colors wisely. Some colors in large amounts will have just the opposite affect on you and your loved ones’ moods. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else, so you can afford to experiment a little.

If you are really uncertain how to choose the right paint for you, we recommend using your local paint store, such as our friends at Anderson Paint Co. They can help you decide the best brand and style for your needs. There is also a really cool tool by Benjamin Moore where you can upload your own photos to give it a trial run!

Now, onto the fun stuff with color!

RED:                                                                                                                         Red has guts….deep, strong, dramatic. A geranium red. A Goya red….to be used like gold for furnishing a house….for clothes, it is strong, like black or white. – Valentino                                                                                            Red is a bright warm color that can evoke strong emotions. It is associated with love, warmth and comfort. Red is also considered an intense, or even angry, color that creates feelings of excitement or intensity.


Blue:                                                                                                                 Blue is described as a favorite color by many people and is the color most preferred by men.  Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.  Blue can also create feelings of sadness or aloofness.  Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms.  Blue can also lower the pulse rate and body temperature.


Yellow:                                                                                                                 How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun. -Vincent Van Gogh         Yellow is the color of sunshine. it is bright and cheery, but can also create feelings of frustration and even anger. While it is considered a cheerful color, people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.


Green, which is Nature’s colour, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving. – Paul Brunton
Green symbolizes nature- it represents tranquility, good luck health and jealousy. Green has long been a symbol of fertility (which makes it a good choice for the bedroom). It has a calming effect, and people who work in a green environment tend to have less stress and fewer stomachaches.


Last, but not least, Neutrals:                                                                      Neutrals, (black, gray, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, you can rely on the interior designer’s most important color tool: the color wheel.


Color Effects on Walls and Ceiling

The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower need not mean claustrophobic: visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy. As a general rule, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.

In conclusion, color is a very personal choice and you should pick a color that makes you feel good, and that fits your family’s lifestyle. It’s easy to do, relatively inexpensive, and easy to fix if you find it just doesn’t suit you.

If you have any other tips, please feel free to share in the comment section.

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