Simply stated: “color affects mood.”
Every individual is influenced by color, sometimes consciously but more often unconsciously.
When you choose interior paint colors, we suggest you use the “psychology of color” to your advantage.
Here is a quick look at how simple color selections can have a profound impact on how you feel:
- Blue – Blue is very common in nature as it is the color of the sea. Blue tends to feel serene, calming and cool. When you use it exclusively in your décor, it can appear vast and unfriendly, but when you have subtle blue accents on your walls or when you combine it with orange or yellow for a pop of color in textiles or wall art, the effect is welcoming but peaceful.
Blue is recommended for a study or den because its soothing effects may help you concentrate.
- Purple - Along with lavender, violet and other like shades, purple is an interesting cross between blue and red. Unfortunately, purple can reflect the negative elements of both, so choosing the correct shade is important.
Since purple is dynamic and aggressive, we recommend you stay with lighter shades and bluer purples over those that tend toward the red end of the spectrum.
Purple shades are recommended for dreamy bedrooms or bathrooms.
Remember, purple is an acquired taste and can easily come across as artificial. Quick tip: if you choose a purple shade for your bedroom, combine it with cream accent pieces. We love the look, but only in moderation.
- Brown – Men tend to love the classic boldness of brown. Since brown tones are natural in woods and stonework, they tend to blend well with most home furnishings.
Brown is virtually essential in rustic design. Since it is prominent in nature, certain lighter tones can be both restful and contemplative.
We recommend using browns with plaids and checks to create a pure and interesting look.
Blues, yellows and oranges are the best accent colors to use with brown.
If you want to spark some energy into the atmosphere, consider these colors:
- Red – Red is a powerful color but it can be warm and energetic when used properly. Red is dynamic and exciting on a single accent wall or in art or accessory pieces. If you revel in modern design, have a lust for life, or enjoy lively conversation, rely on red, but tone it down with a cooler color like blue or green.
- Yellow – Yellow is the “happy color,” however, it can be a challenging color in home décor.
A small dose of yellow will energize a room, while too much will make the space seem harsh.
If you decide to use yellow, treat it like red and employ it as an accent with cooler colors, or in the palest shades.
Research indicates that babies cry more around yellow, so avoid using it in nurseries and playrooms.
- Green - Humans are drawn to green because it’s so prominent in nature.
Green is currently so popular in interior design, that many experts consider it a new neutral.
Naturally calming, green works well in rooms where people go to relax and unwind. Green is perfect for a family room, media room, kitchen or meditation lounge.
- Orange – This cross between red and yellow is most often associated with a retro look.
Orange can be subtle and warm or bold and flamboyant. Many designers either embrace orange or they despise it.
We recommend using orange as a subtle accent in a lanai, sunroom, screened deck or family room.
Call us today for a free color consultation with your next interior paint job!