As we all know, color choices play an important role in our daily lives from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive. According to studies, our choice of one color over another color may have something to do with the way color makes us feel.
For this reason, color choices in our homes have a large impact on the comfort level. If you want your home to “feel” a certain way or bring out a person’s mood, that can be done with color. Color can make a person feel relaxed, make a person happy, and even increase one’s appetite.
Blue – For example, if you want your living room to make your family and guests feel peaceful, calm and relaxed, you might consider using blue. Blue brings out feelings of calm, peacefulness and stability. Blue is often used on websites and in business because it also represents reliability and loyalty. Green is also a good soothing, calming color. It represents nature, good health and cleanliness.
Here are more feelings color can bring out:
Yellow – Yellow portrays the bliss of sunshine and communicates happiness. It feels expansive and welcoming. Yellow helps you concentrate and increase your metabolism. The color yellow is perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, hall, entries, and other small spaces.
Red – Red is an intense color that represents danger, power and strength. Red has also been shown to raise blood pressure and speed up heart rate. Red is also associated with love, sensuality and energy. Red is typically not a good color choice for bedrooms because it is too stimulating. Since red is known to increase appetite, it is a good choice for dining rooms.
Orange – Orange is a warm color with the energy of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange brings out feelings of happiness, enthusiasm, creativity, success, and determination. Shades of orange can be a great color choice for family and living rooms. However, orange tones may feel unpleasantly hot. Kitchens and other rooms that face west should consider not using orange tones.
Purple – Purple is the color of royalty, sophistication and romance. It brings out feelings of power, ambition and wisdom. Light purple is more romantic and nostalgic while dark purple can bring out frustration and sadness. Lighter versions of purple such as lavender and lilac can be a great color choice for bedrooms.
Pink – Pink is a feminine romantic color that can bring out feelings of tranquility and passiveness. Shades of pink can be a great color choice for both bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms.
Black – Black usually brings out negative feelings of dread, evil, death and mystery but can also mean power, authority, prestige and elegance. Black is a great accent color. Consider using it for picture frames, accent pillows, trims, lampshades, etc.
White – White usually signifies purity, goodness, cleanliness, simplicity and innocence. White creates a relaxing atmosphere. If decorating a white room, consider adding textures such as fuzzy chenille, shiny damask, or weathered painted wood to make the room more interesting.
Brown – Brown is a neutral color found in earth, wood, and stone. Brown is a warm color that represents wholesomeness and earthiness. The color brown also brings out feelings of stability and dependability. Brown can be a good color choice to use in the dining room because it stimulates the appetite.
As you can see, color is very powerful and can affect your mood as well as enhance your home decor. Be sure to ask yourself, “What mood do I want to create?” before picking out that yellow couch or painting your dining room red.
Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of http://www.HomeDecorExchange.com – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.
In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at: http://www.ErinOliviaDesigns.Etsy.com
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