The Psychology Behind the Colors in Your Home

The Psychology Behind the Colors in Your Home

The best, and admittedly, trickiest part of interior design is mastering the language of color. Each color evokes a different vibe into a space depending on the tint, shade, or tone of the color used. For example, light colors will make a space seem large and airy, and darker colors will make a space seem warm and a lot smaller than it actually is. If color is something that overwhelms you, go halfway with it. Instead of choosing stark white, choose a white with blue or green undertones.

If you are looking for a daring and bold color that demands attention, red is your answer. Red heightens the senses and evokes romance, passion and sometimes anger. The later is why you shouldn’t sleep in a bedroom with all red walls. A good way to incorporate red into your home is through accessories, rugs, or bouquets of flowers.

To add a jolt of energy and happiness to your home, use orange. Go for a modern, sporty look by painting an accent wall tangerine in an otherwise monotone gray space. Orange also stimulates the appetite so install orange pendant lighting or orange bar stools to your kitchen. This color also naturally draws the eye, making it a focal point, so incorporate orange pieces with interesting lines or unique features.

One of the trickier colors to add to any space is yellow, because it’s all about finding the right shade for the style of your home. Bright neon yellow exudes a contemporary or international style, while buttercream yellow looks much more traditional. Yellow promotes happiness, optimism, and communication so use it in your entryway or living room for a welcoming environment for entertaining guests.

The color of nature is undoubtedly green. Representing growth and renewal this color plays really well with organic wood tones and neutral colors. Green is a color that can be used in any room or environment due to its calming and stress-reducing properties. A Kelly green backsplash would add a cheerful pop of color to any neutral kitchen, while soft sage would add a relaxing element to your master bedroom.

Blue is a color most commonly used in bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms because it evokes a calming sensation; it also shows strength and dependability. French blue used with sunflower yellow reflects an iconic French Country style, whereas, a rich navy and sangria would bring to life the art deco period from the Jazz Age.

Purple is known for it’s ancient roots amongst royalty. Using purple in your interior design is a great way to add a dramatic, exotic pop of color. A mixture of red and blue, purple carries both characteristics: excitement and calamity. Light lavender in a nursery will make the space seem airy and playful with calming effects. While a bold eggplant used in an office would encourage creativity and productivity.

All white spaces have been a huge trend in interior design for the past couple of years. These spaces aid in mental clarity and represent a fresh start. They also serve as the perfect backdrop to anchor colorful textiles, art, accessories and furniture pieces. Painting the walls of a Seattle-sized apartment white will also make the space seem a lot larger than it actually is.

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