THE MANY MOODS AND MEANINGS OF COLOR
Painting is an art. It is no different when you’re choosing colors to paint the rooms in your home – these colors inevitably communicate something and influence your mood and state of mind in that room, just like how art affects us emotionally.
In this section, you will discover the varying emotional effects of colors. Let these guide your choices as you create color schemes for the different spaces in your home.
Warmth is a must for any home. This can be achieved with colors that radiate energy and dynamism: yellow, orange, and red are the most basic of the warm colors, suggesting light and heat or fire and evoking a feeling of warmth.
Paint the town red
A color associated with power, red is known to be a potent stimulant. It increases heart rate, heightens sensuality, and stimulates appetite, making it an ideal motif for dining areas. Notice how it is the color of choice for restaurants and even in the branding of many food items.
A juicy burst of orange
Orange is as perceptually warm as red, but friendlier – less fiery and aggressive. It is a good choice to lift up spaces of gathering. Shades of orange give off a playful, happy glow that makes it a wonderful choice for children’s rooms.
Light up with yellow
Nothing captures pure joy like the color yellow. Associated with the sun, yellow is connected to life – stirring you awake, lifting your spirits, and brightening up your mood. Rooms seem bigger and brighter with this color, and more so if the space gets lots of natural light.
Yellow is also very versatile, depending on the shade or tint you pick. It can be perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. Halls, foyers, and small spaces can feel wider and more welcoming with this energized color. Beware of bright yellows as these can be overly-stimulating; consider more subdued and almost-neutral shades especially for applications on big areas.
After a long, tiring day, you’d want to be able to rest and relax in your home. This is where cool colors come in: blue, green, and purple are the popular ones, and they work well easily in any room. Let these cool tones welcome you to a soothing time in the living room, or help lull you into restful sleep in the bedroom. A hue as versatile and balanced as the purples and violets – which can be warmer or cooler depending on the shade you pick – can even set the backdrop of pleasant family meals in the dining area.
Dip into cool and breezy blue
Blue is one of the most popular colors for the home. It is even considered one of the “new neutrals” in contemporary design. Blue is classified as the classic cool color – but tint it right, and discover how versatile it can be. It has a soothing effect that makes it ideal for bedrooms.
Fresh and luscious green
Green is perceived to be the natural color. It represents nature, newness, birth, and life itself. It is a multidimensional color, bringing the cool freshness of blue, and the cheer of yellow. This is a perfect balance that makes it suitable for any room in the house: in the kitchen it emits a cooling feeling, it makes family rooms inviting, bathrooms more refreshing, and brings restful rejuvenation in bedrooms.
Vibrant, versatile violet
This color is strongly associated with royalty, as it used to be a rare pigment reserved for the rich. Today, its deep, rich shades are favored by children, while the pinkish floral tones appeal more to adults. Violet adds vibrancy and dynamic energy to children’s bedrooms and play areas. Play around with it and you might just find that its wide range can be wonderfully versatile whether as base color or accent to any room.