Set the Mood with Color
Color TheoryWhile there is a basic rubric in color psychology that can aid in choosing colors, the choice is a personal one. A University of Georgia study, "The Relationship Between Color and Emotion," showed that feelings evoked by certain colors can relate to good or bad memories and that certain colors had both positive and negative associations based on a person's own experiences.
Blue, for example, is most often thought to evoke feelings of calmness, serenity and even cleanliness, due to its associations with water. But researchers also found that some associated blue with feelings of sadness. Additionally, red can be passionate and stimulating, but also related to anger and rage. Finding a good balance between set colors and personal taste can be tricky, but worth the effort. The following tips will aid in finding a color that's right for specific rooms.
Warm ColorsWarm colors are often characterized as stimulating, energizing, and uplifting; because of this, they are ideal for dining rooms and living rooms, where families most often gather.
Red is often selected for dining areas for it's energetic quality. It can stir excitement and stimulate conversation. Orange activates creativity and is a great choice for a home office, artist studio or exercise room. In ancient cultures, orange was believed to increase energy and even heal the lungs. Yellow, with its association to sunshine, is uplifting and said to increase happiness. It is great for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms. It can also make small spaces feel more roomy and welcoming. However, it is not suggested as a main color choice for your home, as it can create feelings of frustration and anger.
The University of Georgia researchers found that certain hues of colors brought to mind different things. Darker reds, muted oranges and golden shades can add autumnal flair to a home, while a bright orange and lighter yellow could evoke springtime.
Cool ColorsCool colors like blues and greens are frequently chosen as part of color palettes for bedroom and guest rooms because of their associations with calmness and relaxation.
Blue, according to FreshHome is said to bring down blood pressure and heart rate. Considered calming and serene, it can be used in bedrooms or bathrooms. Warmer blues can be used in family spaces like the living rooms and large kitchens. Turquoise, in any shade is a bolder choice from the cool color family. It pairs well with sandy and ivory colors to bring beachy vibes to your home. Green relaxes the eye. It is serene, like blue, while maintaining the energy of yellow. It's dual nature makes it well-suited for any room in the house. Research from the University of Georgia also showed that most green shades were pleasing to a large number of people, because of the color's association with nature. Darker shades that might not be suited as a wall color can be incorporated into furniture or accent pieces. Paler greens can be a "lively neutral" that can be a base for any number of color combinations.
Choosing a Hue can make a room feel smaller. These aren't good choices for bathrooms or small rooms because they can the room can seem closed in, drab, and claustrophobic. Lighter Blue and Green are airy and clean, associated with the ocean and cool, calming waters. These colors are ideal for any sized bathroom to communicate both refreshing and relaxing feelings.