Color Your Home Happy
Not long ago, I did a post on New Year’s resolutions for your home, where I discussed how to make yourself feel better by making your surroundings happier. I briefly touched on the importance of color and how different hues can make you feel certain emotions.
Since the influence of color is a pretty powerful thing, I thought I’d come back and discuss it a little further.
The symbolism of color can actually be a very complex topic but I’m going to keep it light today and just talk about how color can influence your home.
When picking out a color scheme or palette to decorate with, it’s smart to do a little research and understand what the colors you’re choosing mean.
Color can pretty much be broken down into two categories: cool and warm. Let’s take a look at each of these groups and what affect these colors can have.
Cool colors tend to be very calming and soothing.
Much like the colors you would find outdoors, like the blue sky and green grass, cool colors also have a strong association with nature. Depending upon the shade, cool colors can also give off a cold, impersonal feeling so you need to be careful when choosing a blue palette to decorate your home.
Try choosing deeper blues with a hint of red, deep navy blues or opt to add dashes of warm colors throughout your palette to keep it from giving you the shivers.
Now let’s take a look at what feelings humans often associate with cool colors:
Blue – Strong, trustworthy, dependable, calming, cooling.
Purple – Royalty, elegance, power, uplifting, calming, mystery.
Lavender – Graceful, feminine, elegance, uplifting.
Green – Soothing, relaxing, tranquil, refreshing, peaceful.
Turquoise – Refreshing, sophisticated, youthfulness.
Gray – Practical, calm, cool, cloudy, unsettling.
Silver – Playful, modern, expensive, graceful.
White – Purity, cleanliness, innocence, peaceful, simplicity.
Warm colors have the opposite effect of cool colors.
Warmer tones tend to generate strong feelings of excitement, love or even anger and can over power cooler colors. You can tone down the power of a warm color by opting for a paler shade such as yellow or pink.
Keep in mind that warm colors appear larger when paired with a cool colors, even when used in equal amounts.
Red – Love, anger, hunger, excitement, energy, confidence.
Pink – Sweetness, love, creativity, purity.
Yellow – Sunshine, warmth, joy, cheerfulness, comfort, liveliness, happiness.
Gold – Rich, extravagant, wealth, cheerful, traditional.
Orange – Energy, warmth, creativity, cheerfulness, hunger.
Brown – Natural, earthy, reliability, neutrality, clarity, freshness, traditional.
Beige – Earthy, relaxing, simplicity, calming.
Black – Powerful, sophistication, elegance, strength, night, depression.
Ivory – Softness, earthy, purity, cleanliness.
If you’d like to use a color like gray or black, where there can be negative associations such as an unsettling feeling, be sure to mix it up with more uplifting or warmer colors to keep it from being too drab and depressing.
Knowing what kind of vibes these colors can give off, you’ll be better able to create the exact feeling you want throughout your home. The best way to make sure you’re using a complimentary color scheme is to use a color wheel.
Choose a color you would like to work with and then choose one of its complimentary or analogous colors. Complimentary colors are those on the opposite side of each other on the color wheel and make great choices for rooms where you will be entertaining. Analogous colors are those that lay side by side. These colors make more peaceful combinations and are perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms.
As we discussed in my previous post, the way your home is decorated can have a strong influence on you, your family, and any of your guests. Understanding how colors work on you and with each other, you can easily and dramatically create whatever mood you would like throughout your entire home.