Color is universal and speaks for itself. What color you paint your walls isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. It’s a tool that can be leveraged to influence emotions and behavior. There’s no denying that color affects our mood. Those who are sensitive to their surroundings may instantly feel the energy created by a bright red kitchen, as well as the calm evoked by a serene blue bedroom. Color has the power to invigorate, to soothe, to inspire creativity, and even to stimulate the appetite.
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Color creates an emotionally healthy home, but first, we should consider the primary function of each room. The colors of the rooms within your home need to bring out your personality. While most of us may not spend a lot of time thinking about room color, it affects every day of our lives. Room color can influence our mood and thoughts. Colors affect people in many ways, depending upon one’s age, gender, ethnic background or local climate. Certain colors or groups of colors tend to get a similar reaction from most people – the overall difference being in the shade or tones used. So when it comes to decorating, it is important to choose wisely.
Do not have to be anxious about trends. Color trends will come and go. The people who live in a home make it beautiful by choosing colors that reflect their likes and their personalities. The trick is to blend those colors into a pleasing combination. Choosing color combinations is one of the most intimidating steps for beginners. Color has the power to change the shape and size of the room. Selecting colors is not difficult if you prepare yourself with some basic information about color and its effects.
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Living room and foyers: Warm tones like reds, yellows, and oranges, and earth tones like brown and beige often work well I both in the living room and foyer, as they stimulate conversation. These are colors that encourage people to sit around and talk. You feel the warmth, the connection with other people.
Kitchen: blue and white may be the best. Reds and yellows can be great colors in the kitchen as well as in the living room and foyer. But watch out if you’re watching your weight; in addition to stimulating conversation, red prompt you to eat more
Dining room: Because it’s stimulating, red decor can be great for a formal dining room. In addition to encouraging conversation, it whets the appetites of your guests.
Bedroom: The bedroom is where you go to relax and reconnect with your partner. Cool colors — blues, greens, and lavenders — can be great choices here because they are thought to have a calming effect. The darker the hue, the more pronounced the effect is believed to be
Bathroom: Whites and warm colors have always been popular choices for bathrooms, in large part because they connote cleanliness and purity. But nowadays the bathroom is used as a private retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation. Blues and greens and turquoises give a sense of being clean and fresh — and calm.
Home office: The name of the game here is productivity; the faster you complete work-related tasks, the more time you’ll have to spend enjoying family and friends. Green is the color of concentration. It’s one of the best colors to be surrounded by for long periods of time.
Understanding color and what it relates to in terms of our emotions, moods, and outlook, our overall selection gets a whole new view. Choose consciously to create an optimum outcome within your interior space to give your home a valuable addition.
How the color affects us physically and mentally
Blue: is the favorite color of all people. It’s nature’s color for water and sky It gives a sense of cooling and builds confidence. One of the most productive color. Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other color. These can be easily explained by pinpointing by the specific shade of blue.
- Dark blue: trust, dignity, intelligence, authority
- Bright blue: cleanliness, strength, dependability, coolness
- Light (sky) blue: peace, serenity, ethereal, spiritual, infinity
Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding. On the other hand, blue evolved as a symbol of depression.
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Red: is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Red is also a magical and religious color. Stimulates energy, passion and strong emotion. It increases appetite, enthusiasm, and confidence. Gives a sense of protection from fears and anxiety. Relates to passion, romance, style, excitement and is energetic
Green: is universally associated with nature. It symbolizes ecology and the environment. Soothing and restful to the eye. Relaxing mentally as well as physically. Helps alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety. Offers a deep sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony. Relates to meditation and higher self and is very creative.
Brown: is the color of the earth and can mix into any surroundings. effect. Brown gives a feeling of solidity and allows one to stay in the background, unnoticed. It gives stability and reliability and offers a sense orderliness
Purple: a rarity in nature and the expense of creating the color and has given purple a supernatural aura for centuries. It’s Uplifting and Calming to mind and nerves. Offers a sense of spirituality and wisdom. Encouraging creativity and success. Purple symbolizes nobility, luxury, dignity, wisdom, spirituality, passion, and magic
Yellow: is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention most. Color of happiness, and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring. It stimulates the nervous system and activates memory. Encourages communication is joyful, cheerfulness and friendly.
White: is the color of purity. Aids mental clarity. Encourages us to clear clutter or obstacles and Evokes purification of thoughts or actions.
Black: is the strongest and most dramatic and sophisticated of all the colors. it’s commonly associated with power, elegance, and formality. its Mysterious evokes a sense of potential and possibility
Orange: In nature, it’s the color of vivid sunsets, fire, vegetables, flowers. symbolizes energy, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health. Is tranquil and rejuvenates.
Keep in mind that each color has a psychological value. Think about how those colors make you feel- they can influence any feeling from tranquillity 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 effect on you and your loved ones’ moods. Look at magazines, decorating books, blogs, and websites for ideas, or let your fabric be your guide. In fact, this is a good approach to take even if you’re starting from scratch. Fabric, carpeting, furniture, and tile are available in a more limited range of colors than paint, so choose them first and then decide on your paint color. Once you find something you like, limit the number of colors in a room to no more than three or four. Too many colors can make a room look busy or cluttered. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else, so you can afford to experiment a little.
Room Colors and Their Effects
Understand that colors behave in three basic ways: active, passive, and neutral. You can easily match every room’s colors to your personal desires, to your taste, and to the room’s purpose. Light colors are expansive and airy, making rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are sophisticated and warm; they give large rooms a more intimate appearance.
Red raises a room’s energy level. 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. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. Red, the most intense, pumps the adrenaline like no other hue.
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy colors are energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming. Even though yellow is a cheery color, it is not a good choice to use in main color schemes when it comes to designing a room. In large amounts, this color tends to create feelings of frustration and anger in people.
Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That is why it is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Be careful, however: a pastel blue that looks pretty on the paint chip can come across as unpleasantly chilly when it is on the walls and furnishings, especially in a room that receives little natural light. To encourage relaxation in the social areas (family rooms, living rooms, large kitchens) consider warmer blues, bright blues, cerulean or turquoise.
Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room on the house. In the kitchen, green cools things down; in a family room or living room, it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax. Also believed to help with fertility, making it a great choice for the bedroom.
Purple in its darkest values 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. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.
Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. This color is great for an exercise room. It will bring out all the emotions that you need to be released during your fitness routine. In ancient cultures orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.
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.
Crimson can make some people feel irritable. Invoking feels of rage and hostility, this is a color that should be avoided as the main color of a room. Sitting for long periods of time in a room painted in this color will likely affect the peace and harmony you are striving to create in your home.
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. 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.
These general guidelines are a good starting point in your search for a paint color. But remember that color choice is a very personal matter. You are the one who has to live with your new paint color, so choose a hue that suits you, your family and your lifestyle.
Director, INSD South Delhi